Al-Hasa's date palms are inextricably linked with the life of Saudi Arabia.
Fertile farmlands spread across the tranquil 'Asir province of southwestern Saudi Arabia.
The beauty of Arabesque architecture is depicted in Prophet's Mosque in Medina, which attracts Muslims from all over the world every year.
The tombs at Mada'in Salih, north of Medina, stand as monuments to the caravan kingdom of the Nabateans, who controlled the trade routes in northwestern Arabia from the fourth to the first century B.C..
Saudi Arabia is well known for its desert regions, but less so for its seaports such as Jiddah and Yanbu on the Red Sea and Dammam, Jubail and Ras Tanura on the Gulf.
Thousands of years ago ships that were the ancestors of today's dhow plied the wates of the Arabian Gulf.
This is the third year in which I have had the pleasure of greeting Aramco annuitants.
Thinking about Bill Bartlett, his almost thirty years with Aramco, his unflappable style, his contributions to the community, his adventurous spirit and capacity for friendship, his hat and moustache, the word that comes to mind is - unique.
Dr. Ivan H. Past, Aramco's first otorhinolaryngologist, topped off a long career with the company on April 14, 1980 when he and his wife, Maria, departed Saudi Arabia and headed for retirement in Texas.
Culminating a career with Aramco and Tapline that began over 25 years ago, Everett R. Robertson departed Saudi Arabia March 1 with his wife, Lois, bound for retirement in Alabama.
Dr. Clarence Earl Ulery, director of the Ambulatory Medical Services Department, ended a career of some 22 years with Aramco when he and his wife, Frances, departed for Cedar City, Utah, November 5.
After almost thirty-two years with Aramco, Traffic Coordinator Richard C. Gollan and his wife, Polly, departed Dhahran on February 2 headed for retirement.
Gibert C. Drowley, Aramco Vice president, Mechanical Services Organization, departed for retirement on May 31, after completing over 30 years of service with the company.
T.D. Collier, Aramco director, vice president of Finance, and comptroller, left Dhahran in early January to begin his retirement after 29 years of service with the company.
In this season we traditionally take time out from our regular activities and turn our minds and hearts to those who have been close to us but who now are in other locales.
When Violette Regnier left Dhahran in May of 1970, after twelve years with Aramco, she made an immediate transfer to Texaco's Government Relations and Negotiation Group, Producing Department, Eastern Hemisphere.
As we look back upon our activities in 1971, many of us have reason to be pleased with the roles we have had in expanding operations, achievinf new records and being of service to others.
Last December Marvin Hamilton and his wife, Ellie, with poodles Shah and Seema, left Ras Tanura and headed for their new home at 801 Harbor Island, Clearwater, Florida 33515.
I know that those of you who helped to lay the foundation for today's operations will join me and all employees in a feeling of accomplishment as the book closes on 1970.