From the Dec. 20, 1967 edition of the Sun and Flare. Al-Firdoss Residence, a new compound of modern rental units in al-Khobar, was officially opened late last month by owners Abih B. al-Sabih and Jasim M. al-Mohaidib. Situated in northwest al-Khobar, the compound is adjacent to the al-Siddiq Elementary Boys School, seen in the foreground.
Aramco’s Board of Directors visited the company’s innovative Mangrove Eco-Park in Ras Tanura recently to celebrate the first public facility in the Kingdom dedicated to the preservation of mangrove forests.
From the Dec. 22, 2004, edition of The Arabian Sun. Saudi Aramco has reaffirmed its unique and internationally renowned capability to construct and operate mega-projects by bringing the expanded Qatif Producing Plants Project on line to produce hundreds of millions of additional barrels of crude annually.
Except for a rare self-portrait, Bibi Zogbé painted flowers—exuberant and confident, as well as modern and symbolic, her paintings reflect her life between her native Lebanon and three decades in Argentina.
The progress meeting of the Saudi Aramco Ex-Employees Association (SAEEA) was held on December 10, 2022 at the residence of SAEEA's very active member, Razi Khan. This was the 6t, and probably the last meeting of the current year (2022).
In this piece, we are introduced to Dhahran’s Boy Scout Troop 966. The troop of 10–15-year-olds venture into the Saudi desert under the guidance of famed Bedouin, Quriyan Al Hajri.
Contrary to John Kates's thoughts that his inaugural Ball might have been the first and last to be held, a May Ball was held every year until 1984. Following a similar pattern each year, members were required to don formal dress, listen to speeches, dance to a band, take part in raffles, eat delicious food, and have a good time.
2022 has been an eventful year in financial markets. To cool inflation currently running at multidecade highs, the Federal reserve has enacted a series of short-term interest rate hikes, raising rates from 0.25% in March to the range of 3.75%-4% as of November. With rising interest rates impacting borrowing costs and, as a result, potentially impacting consumer demand and corporate revenue, stock markets have fallen year to date.
The following morning, after another excellent breakfast, we collect the Land Rover Discovery, pay the parking fee, settle the hotel bill, load our bags and drive down the road at the start of a bright and sunny day. We join the A-1/A-12 and head northwest along a smooth, wide, toll road, with police checks about every three kilometers, which keeps us honest and careful of our speed.
Half Moon Bay provided a majestic backdrop for a major milestone recently, as some 35 Aramco scouts gathered for a camporee to celebrate 75 years of scouting in Dhahran. Boy and Girl Scouts from Dhahran’s Troops 1 and 966 cooked pancakes, fired arrows, built rafts, tied knots and discovered hidden treasure via geocaching.
The Leading National Academy (LNA) has been recognized by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) as the “Most Impactful Diversity & Inclusion Initiative” at the 2022 Middle East People Awards.
An accelerated transition to materials of the future must run parallel with the energy transition to contribute to climate protection goals and deliver on net-zero ambitions, Aramco’s president and CEO has told a major chemicals conference. Amin Nasser was speaking at the 16th Gulf Petrochemicals and Chemicals Association (GPCA) Annual Forum in Riyadh, held for the first time in the Kingdom.
The pleasures of the holiday season, as celebrated in Aramco camps throughout the 1950s, are depicted here in photographs from the Arabian Sun & Flare.
Sweat beads Andrew Nemr’s face as he glides and clacks, clacks and glides his tap shoes on the well-scuffed wooden dance squares of his portable performance stage. Sound reverberates from the metal tapping tips at the toe and heel of each shoe, interspersed with his syncopated thumps on the wood. But he’s also talking, telling a story. It’s 2017, and his one-man production, Rising to the Tap, combines tap dance and choreography with storytelling.
Tourism is rebounding strongly from the pandemic and no place is this more apparent than in the Middle East, where the surge in tourism is simply profound. Saudi Arabia’s tourism sector is emerging as a serious contender to GCC countries as Vision 2030 is delivering on its plans for the economy’s future.
At noon on Tuesday, December 16th, with 12,543 km on the Land Rover Discovery, we arrive in Italy. As expected, because of the late departure, we have arrived later than scheduled and are further delayed by the customs people, who are slowly checking the unloading of trucks from the ferry.
I was a co-founder of the Dhahran Rugby Club in 1971 (I think) together with Peter Phillips who went on to also found a club in Salalah in Oman. He and I drove people working on the Dhahran Airbase as teachers, aircraft maintenance guys or the TTI, who wanted to play to the Aramco softball ground and kind of played without any posts. I think we might have even played a Royal Navy ship once.
Your Royal Highnesses, Your Excellencies, Distinguished Guests, Ladies and Gentlemen, a very good morning to you all. Let me add my congratulations to GPCA and their partners for bringing this important Forum to the Kingdom for the first time. And Riyadh — which aims to be among the 10 largest city economies in the world with Vision 2030 — is the ideal setting for the chemical industry to be just as visionary.
From the Nov. 20, 1985 edition of The Arabian Sun. Doors are opening one by one in al-Mujamma', Dhahran's new community services center. Built on the site of the old commissary and icehouse, the new building has been designed with an emphasis on energy conservation and easy maintenance.
Aramco U-1 rig team, some of whose members are pictured above, and Loffland ST-1 rig team, share honors for setting two new drilling records in the Berri field last month. On Nov. 1, the Loffland Rig ST-1 completed Berri Well 61 at 8,779 feet in 21.9 days, a record performance for a directionally drilled offshore well.