To Coal or Not To Coal - That is the Question for Pakistan

To Coal or Not To Coal - That is the Question for Pakistan

BY Engr. Iqbal Ahmed Khan / /

Coal remains the largest and one of the cheapest energy sources in the world today. It fulfills 40% of the world’s energy requirement, generating 2 million MW of electricity. It is the majory energy provider for most of the industrial nations of the world, with the US generating 30% (232,772 MW) of its electricity through coal, China 68% (1,046,893 MW) and India 73.5% (233,077 MW).

Remembering the Joy of Comfort Foods

Remembering the Joy of Comfort Foods

BY Anushka Bose / /

While the visits back to Dhahran during my school breaks were temporary, the joy of comfort foods I enjoyed at the local spots in Dhahran was permanent — never could I forget the taste of my favorite Chicken Tikka Masala from Olive Garden-Tandoori House, and I still, to this day, seek that same taste whenever I order the dish at different restaurants.

Going the Course: Vignette from 'Tales from the Desert: An Arabian Memoir'

Going the Course: Vignette from 'Tales from the Desert: An Arabian Memoir'

BY Stuart Crocker / /

Golf was the love of many Americans and it was no surprise to find that in Dhahran as well as some of the other larger Aramco communities, this sport had been catered for in some rudimentary fashion since the early days. Over the decades, the standard of the courses had gradually improved and areas of hitherto barren sand had undergone a remarkable degree of landscaping…… they were however still sand.

Aramcon Travel: Harrat Khaybar – The Volcanic Fields Near Madinah

Aramcon Travel: Harrat Khaybar – The Volcanic Fields Near Madinah

BY The Arabian Sun / /

I first learned of Harrat Khaybar after reading a report about the discovery of Mustatil’s in the northwest region of Saudi Arabia. Harrat Khaybar, literally the “volcanic fields of Khaybar” (and named so because of its vicinity to the city of Khaybar), is a volcanic field located about 150 km from the Holy City of Madinah.

Memory Lane: From 'Dust Rag' to The Sun, First Trips to Al-Ula, and More

Memory Lane: From 'Dust Rag' to The Sun, First Trips to Al-Ula, and More

BY The Arabian Sun / /

Here are some headlines from the past eight decades of The Arabian Sun (and its predecessor, The Dust Rag.) From the aspirations cast upon us because of the title "Dust Rag." Perhaps we were too hasty in naming our paper. What do you think? Shall we change the name? Please give us your honest criticism and suggest a title you feel should be used.

More Decorative Hardhats

More Decorative Hardhats

BY Aramco ExPats / /

Back in 2017, we ran a series of articles featuring decorative hardhats that some Aramcons have been fortunate to count among their possessions. Recently, we received additional photographs from someone who obtained the hardhat in a storage auction purchase.

AramcoWorld - July 2022

AramcoWorld - July 2022

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.

AramcoWorld Reading Selections - July 06, 2022

AramcoWorld Reading Selections - July 06, 2022

BY AramcoWorld / /

For more than eight hours, we navigated the Sekonyer River in a wooden boat, cruising through Tanjung Puting National Park in the Central Kalimantan region of Borneo, Indonesia. After docking, we walked about an hour in the lush rainforest. Then, our tour guide and ranger, Adut, placed corn and yams on top of a wooden table.

Tales of the Bedouin – Part XX: Journey to Meet The Son of Bathan – Part 3

Tales of the Bedouin – Part XX: Journey to Meet The Son of Bathan – Part 3

BY Mark Lowey / /

In this piece, Mark Lowey, known as “Abu Jack” (father of Jack) to his Saudi friends, is escorted deep into the Rub Al Khali (the Empty Quarter) to meet, for the first time, the son of an old acquaintance. Before first light there was a slight chill in the air, and the men gathered around the cooking fire. Coffee and tea were served, and conversation ensued. Inevitably the discussion turned to the herd.

Aramcon Tim Hansen Rolls Into Retirement by Pedaling Across America

Aramcon Tim Hansen Rolls Into Retirement by Pedaling Across America

BY The Arabian Sun / /

Longtime Aramcon Tim Hansen has rolled into retirement with gusto, having recently completed a bike trip across America from California to Florida. The 3,100-mile trip took 52 days to complete, with 45 days of actual biking. It started in San Diego, California, on the West Coast, and ended in St. Augustine, Florida, on the East Coast.

Aramco Expands Namaat Industrial Investment Programs

Aramco Expands Namaat Industrial Investment Programs

BY The Arabian Sun / /

Today (July 5), Aramco announced a major expansion of its Namaat industrial investment programs, with 55 agreements and Memorandums of Understanding (MoUs) across the sustainability, digital, industrial, manufacturing, and social innovation sectors.

Diving the Red Sea: Vignette from 'Tales from the Desert: An Arabian Memoir'

Diving the Red Sea: Vignette from 'Tales from the Desert: An Arabian Memoir'

BY Stuart Crocker / /

One of the many benefits of working for Aramco in the diving sense at least, was that we could freely use company aircraft to fly across the country to the Red Sea coast at Yanbu which, similar to the town of Jubail on the Gulf coast, had been transformed from a quiet fishing village into an industrial city with a deepwater port.

Fionn Scott Graduates from Holy Rosary High School

Fionn Scott Graduates from Holy Rosary High School

BY Aramco ExPats / /

Fionn Scott, grandson of Irene and Brian Dean who lived in Ras Tanura from 1978-1987 and 1991-2001, graduated from Holy Rosary High School in Lloydminster, Canada on Friday, June 24, 2022 and received a scholarship to attend Lakeland College. His mother, Paula Scott (Dean), resided in Ras Tanura from 1978 to 1987.

My Arabian Tent

My Arabian Tent

BY Brid Beeler / /

I first became intrigued with tents when I discovered a friend in Riyadh had a traditional Saudi tent in one of the rooms in his house! Like many of our homes in Kingdom, the rooms in his house were on the large size. With all that space, you need to be innovative in how to decorate, and he had decided to turn one room off the entry way into a tent.

Aramco Publishes its First-ever Sustainability Report

Aramco Publishes its First-ever Sustainability Report

BY The Arabian Sun / /

June 15, 2022, will be remembered as a milestone date in Aramco’s history because this was the day Aramco issued its first-ever Sustainability Report. “This report — the first of its kind in our company’s history — sets out the actions we are taking and the standards against which our performance may be judged.

Aramco Recognized for Excellence in Knowledge Management

Aramco Recognized for Excellence in Knowledge Management

BY The Arabian Sun / /

The American Productivity & Quality Center (APQC), an internationally recognized research firm in benchmarking and best practices, has named Aramco as one of five recipients of its 2022 Excellence in Knowledge Management (KM) award.

Aramco Inaugurates Research Center at KAUST

Aramco Inaugurates Research Center at KAUST

BY The Arabian Sun / /

Aramco on Monday inaugurated the Aramco Research Center at the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (ARC KAUST), which looks to accelerate the development of low-carbon solutions for the energy industry using advanced analytics.

Aramco Plays Lead Role in Global HSE Conference

Aramco Plays Lead Role in Global HSE Conference

BY The Arabian Sun / /

“Leadership, sustainability, and technology. These three elements make up the very foundation of any organization in terms of delivering on its Health, Safety and Environmental (HSE) commitments,” said Ghassan G. Abulfaraj, chief Loss Prevention engineer, in his keynote address at the recent International Conference and Exhibition on Health, Safety and Environment in Oman.