Oasis, Too Close for Comfort: Vignette from 'Life in the Camel Lane'

Oasis, Too Close for Comfort: Vignette from 'Life in the Camel Lane'

BY Doreen Cumberford / /

On May 29, 2004, two attacks happened on oil installations and one on Oasis, a residential compound in the heart of Al Khobar. The Oasis had a restaurant that we frequented and a skating rink where our friends’ kids learned ice hockey.

AramcoWorld - September 2021

AramcoWorld - September 2021

BY AramcoWorld / /

AramcoWorld, Saudi Aramco's flagship publication, is widely recognized as a leading source of nonpolitical coverage of the history, geography, arts and cultures of Saudi Arabia, the Middle East and the wider Islamic world, with an emphasis on the interweavings of the plural cultures of East and West, past and present.

Aramco Announces Major Expansion of its Industrial Investment Program

Aramco Announces Major Expansion of its Industrial Investment Program

BY Saudi Aramco News / /

Aramco today announced a major expansion of its industrial investment program, Aramco Namaat, with the signing of 22 new Memoranda of Understanding (MoUs) and 1 joint venture (JV) agreement focused on capacity building in four key sectors: sustainability, technology, industrial and energy services, and advanced materials.

Happy Birthday Engr. Syed Naushad Shah

Happy Birthday Engr. Syed Naushad Shah

BY Aramco ExPats / /

Engr. Syed Naushad Yousaf Shah, born September 3rd, celebrated his birthday with his family. He is the son of Syed Yousaf Shah, Badge # 71533, who worked for Aramco for more than two decades in the Department of Administration. He died in active employment in 1978.

AramcoWorld Reading Selections - Septembert 01, 2021

AramcoWorld Reading Selections - Septembert 01, 2021

BY AramcoWorld / /

In her home in Almaty, Kazakhstan, Doszhanova’s granddaughter Aizhan Yershina proudly maintains a shelf of family photos that includes a portrait of her grandmother as a young woman taken from a 1913 photo, lower, that shows Doszhanova flanked by classmates at the time of her graduation from secondary school at the Women’s Gymnasium of Orenburg.

Sweet, Mangrove Honey

Sweet, Mangrove Honey

BY The Arabian Sun / /

Driving along the beaches of Tarut, Saihat, and Safwa, a person will pass by places with extensive mangrove forests, and this year some entrepreneurs are monetizing those places sustainably via bees. Like fruit trees, mangroves grow flowers that turn into small, green fruits, and the bees are loving the nectar they are finding.

Abdullah M. Al-Ghamdi and Nabil K. Al-Dabal Retire

Abdullah M. Al-Ghamdi and Nabil K. Al-Dabal Retire

BY The Arabian Sun / /

Abdullah M. Al-Ghamdi has retired as vice president of Gas Operations after a career spanning 37 years. Al-Ghamdi was recognized at a ceremony in Aramco’s Dhahran headquarters by corporate management. Nabil K. Al-Dabal, outgoing vice president of Human Resources (HR), has praised Aramco’s efforts on employee development on his retirement from the company.

Tony Morcos and His Wife to Retire After 11 Years

Tony Morcos and His Wife to Retire After 11 Years

BY The Arabian Sun / /

Anthony G. “Tony” Morcos will be retiring from Aramco after more than 13 years in Saudi Arabia, and more than 11 years with the company. His most recent position has been a facilities planning specialist in the Process Automation Group of the Facilities Planning Department.

A Flea Market Find of Great Significance with a 1951 Dhahran Connection

A Flea Market Find of Great Significance with a 1951 Dhahran Connection

BY Aramco ExPats / /

David Thomas happened upon a unique flea market find - a sword with the name Dr. T. C. Alexander inscribed on the blade and an accompanying document that speaks to the sword's great significance. It begins, "I present to my friend, Dr. T. C. Alexander, a memorial gift in recognition of his remarkable services and continuous kindness to the Saudi patients in the Dhahran Arab Hospital. This gift is the sword of my father, Abdul Aziz ibn Madhi..."

Saudi Arabian Basketry – A Woven Heritage

Saudi Arabian Basketry – A Woven Heritage

BY Brid Beeler / /

Basketry is a time-honored tradition with relevance to societies around the world. From Asia to the Middle East, from Africa to the Americas, basketry is part of everyday life. From carrying food to storage, these traditional vessels are primarily woven by women, less so by men.

Launch of Railway Service Between al-Hasa and Abqaiq

Launch of Railway Service Between al-Hasa and Abqaiq

BY The Arabian Sun / /

Aramco has launched a new medium of transportation for employees commuting from al-Hasa to Abqaiq, utilizing the existing rails with a new scheduled trip, designated for Aramco employees.

Privilege: Vignette from 'Life in the Camel Lane'

Privilege: Vignette from 'Life in the Camel Lane'

BY Doreen Cumberford / /

All personnel, whether Americans, Canadians, Brits, Filipinos, South Americans, Europeans, Indians, Bangladeshis or Sri Lankans, were on differing pay scales at Aramco. This stratification was originally designed to compensate people in relation to their standard of living back home.

2021 Eid-Ul-Adha Celebration

2021 Eid-Ul-Adha Celebration

BY Zoya Imran / /

There are two main festivals in Islam: Eid-ul-Fitr, which signifies the completion of the Holy Month of Ramadan and Eid-ul-Adha, the greater Eid, which follows the completion of the annual Hajj pilgrimage, at the time of Qurbani (sacrifice).

AramcoWorld Reading Selections - August 18, 2021

AramcoWorld Reading Selections - August 18, 2021

BY AramcoWorld / /

At the end of the 19th century, the East African archipelago of Zanzibar was the capital of cloves. Ninety percent of the world’s cloves grew there. People used cloves for numbing a toothache, seasoning a biryani or pulao rice dish or even for stringing into an ornamental, aromatic necklace.

"Dear Folks": Chapter 18

"Dear Folks": Chapter 18

BY Ken Slavin / /

As Ken and Mildred Webster wrap up their long leave over the summer of 1955 – having completed a month-long tour of Scandinavia before returning to Ken’s hometown of Greenwich, Connecticut, to visit relatives and friends for the summer... 

Stop Hurrying: Vignette from 'Life in the Camel Lane'

Stop Hurrying: Vignette from 'Life in the Camel Lane'

BY Doreen Cumberford / /

My introduction to Arabian patience was with one of my husband’s colleagues in Japan. He wanted to lease a large family mover, a huge SUV by Japanese standards, for his Saudi wife, the maid and his six children. He went to the dealership and took an entire eight-hour day to bargain the salesman down.