Aramcons Challenge the Euphrates, Part VIII: Deliverance

Aramcons Challenge the Euphrates, Part VIII: Deliverance

BY Aramco ExPats / /

At the conclusion of the previous installment in this series, our Aramcons adventurers had floated past armed Turkish sentries guarding the construction site of a new dam, ignoring their orders to stop. We pick up their story there...

Discover the Wonder of Jordan

Discover the Wonder of Jordan

BY The Arabian Sun / /

Jordan is a place that everyone must visit at least once. It hosts one of the seven ancient wonders in the magnificent Petra, and there’s so much else to see. We traveled directly to Amman from Dammam and rented a car to explore the country. Its many archeological sites offer an excellent opportunity to relive a magnificent past.

Salt Tablet Lake

Salt Tablet Lake

BY Tim Barger / /

Half Moon Bay! What can I say? Living in 1950s Aramco, it was paradise. Not as much for the Ras Tanurans who lived at the beach, but for those of us in Dhahran living on the rocky jabal or the citizens of Abqaiq, planted deep within a vast sand dune field thirty miles from the coast, Half Moon Bay spelled happiness.

Loss Prevention Engineers Gain Critical Skills

Loss Prevention Engineers Gain Critical Skills

BY Saudi Aramco News / /

When Najla Binmahfoodh first became a Loss Prevention Department (LPD) engineer in the Jiddah area, she knew that her main responsibilities would be focused on ensuring compliance with safety standards and work procedures, and verifying design implementation to protect assets and the lives of employees and contractors.

Dimensions International - Spring 2019

Dimensions International - Spring 2019

BY Saudi Aramco News / /

In this edition: leading a hand to save a rare bird: a joint effort between the Saudi Wildlife Authority, the Smithsonian Institution, and Saudi Aramco.

Coming Soon: The Seven Natural Wonders of Arabia

Coming Soon: The Seven Natural Wonders of Arabia

BY Aramco ExPats / /

In AXP’s recently-concluded series, The Seven Wonders of Arabia, readers were taken on monthly visits to seven of the most outstanding historical sites in the Kingdom. The tour began in November of last year with a stop at the rock...

Special Techniques

Special Techniques

BY Tim Barger / /

Readers of my various stories will know by now that I have a fondness for special techniques. The planning and tactics I applied at the age of six to procure grape-flavored Jello from the highest cabinet in the kitchen was perfectly executed only to end in ruin.

AramcoWorld Reading Selections - July 24, 2019

AramcoWorld Reading Selections - July 24, 2019

BY Saudi Aramco News / /

Jean Gibran poses in her Boston apartment alongside a bust of writer and artist Kahlil Gibran sculpted and cast by her late husband, sculptor Kahlil George Gibran. The couple’s research into Gibran’s life story has led to three editions of biographies.

Konstantinopel Rare and Fine Books - Making the Impossible Possible

Konstantinopel Rare and Fine Books - Making the Impossible Possible

BY Aramco ExPats / /

A wonder-filled gathering place on the world-wide-web for bibliophiles interested in the history of the Middle East is the website of Konstantinopel Rare and Fine Books. Readers may recognize the name, as Konstantinopel has been a loyal supporter of this website for some time.

Scenic Beauty on the Trail to Tabuk

Scenic Beauty on the Trail to Tabuk

BY The Arabian Sun / /

With a brief stopover in Riyadh, the Tabuk region can be reached easily by a domestic flight. The roads that lead to the coast are dotted with variegated mountain ranges, the colors of the desert evolving through myriad hues, from the rocks on the ground to the red toward the more defined mountain peaks — all of this providing a strong contrast to the blue sky.

Kangaroo Bikes

Kangaroo Bikes

BY Tim Barger / /

A couple of weeks ago I first saw this photograph of me standing with my two grandchildren. Bea is six and Theo is three. They are lively, bright, funny and, unlike most of society, actually enjoy my company. They are positive proof of the wise old adage, “If I knew how much fun my grandkids would be, I would have had them first.”

Abqaiq: The Friendly City Gazette - June 2019

Abqaiq: The Friendly City Gazette - June 2019

BY Saudi Aramco News / /

Abqaiq The Friendly City Gazette is a free monthly publication published by the Southern Area/Central Region Community Services Department for Saudi Aramco employees and dependents in Abqaiq, Saudi Arabia.

Aramcons Challenge the Euphrates, Part VII: Confrontations

Aramcons Challenge the Euphrates, Part VII: Confrontations

BY Aramco ExPats / /

At the conclusion of the previous installment in this series, our doughty band of Aramcons had just made camp for the night after completing a spine-tingling run through the most treacherous stretch of the Grand Canyon...

Dhahran's Palace of Dreams

Dhahran's Palace of Dreams

BY Tim Barger / /

Growing up in Dhahran in the 1950s without television and barely radio the movies were everything, our only link with the outside world. Three movies a week with a rerun on Thursday, as kids we’d go to pretty much anything that was playing. Even if the feature was some unfathomable drama about thwarted love, boundless ambition or existential trauma in 1950s America, we’d go just for the pre-show filler.

AramcoWorld Reading Selections - July 10, 2019

AramcoWorld Reading Selections - July 10, 2019

BY Saudi Aramco News / /

Let me start with a confession: I am no engineering whiz, but I like to know how things work. I studied religion, and I often write about art, which is how I became entranced by astrolabes. Their beauty is mesmerizing, but their efficacy as an instrument leaves me perplexed.

AramcoWorld - July 2019

AramcoWorld - July 2019

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.