Raising a Family in Arabia

Raising a Family in Arabia

BY Aramco ExPats / /

It was a simple plan. Gather up the kids and live abroad for a few years. Maybe do some traveling. Have an adventure. But somewhere along the way, after experiencing some of the best years of our lives with Saudi Aramco, we found we didn't want to leave.

One Woman's Love for Saudi Arabia

One Woman's Love for Saudi Arabia

BY Aramco ExPats / /

It's not everyone that has a grandchild named "Agapi." Iro Smith does, reflecting her Greek heritage. Agapi is the Greek word for love. How better to name a child?

The Stark Truth

The Stark Truth

BY Aramco ExPats / /

Many important events happened in 1975. OPEC raised crude oil prices by 10 percent, Margaret Thatcher became the leader of the Conservative Party in the UK, the war in Vietnam came to an end and construction on the Trans-Alaska Pipeline System began.

Last Call! Aramco Retirement Benefits and Financial Planning

Last Call! Aramco Retirement Benefits and Financial Planning

BY Reilly Financial Advisors / /

Your future Aramco retirement is inevitable. Are you prepared to address the questions that come along with it and the planning involved? This is your last chance to reserve your seat as spots are filling up quickly for RFA’s event.

Laurene Ann Opdyke Nursing Scholarship

Laurene Ann Opdyke Nursing Scholarship

BY Aramco ExPats / /

Richard Opdyke is happy to announce the formation, through the Oklahoma City Community Foundation, of the Laurene Ann Opdyke Nursing Scholarship.

Andrew Guinosso: Aramco Annuitant Turned Author

Andrew Guinosso: Aramco Annuitant Turned Author

BY Aramco ExPats / /

Like most Aramco annuitants, Andrew Guinosso has lived an active life since his retirement from his position in Management Development for the company in 2003 after 24 years of service. Today Andrew calls Reno, Nevada home.

Attention: Calling All Girl Scouts

Attention: Calling All Girl Scouts

BY Aramco ExPats / /

Do you remember camp outs? What about an overnight at Half Moon Bay? The Dhahran Girl Scouts invite Girl Scout alumnae and leaders from across the Eastern Province to share their memories and photographs as part of their 70th Anniversary celebration being held this February 18th, 2017 in Dhahran.

2016 Year in Review

2016 Year in Review

BY Aramco ExPats / /

See what made this year an amazing one for Aramco ExPats and the community.

Aramco Retirement Benefits and Financial Planning

Aramco Retirement Benefits and Financial Planning

BY Reilly Financial Advisors / /

Do you have questions or concerns regarding your future Aramco retirement and the planning involved? Please join Reilly Financial Advisors for a special presentation regarding how financial planning can enhance your Aramco retirement benefits.

Chicken Soup for the Aramcon Soul

Chicken Soup for the Aramcon Soul

BY Aramco ExPats / /

Former Aramcon Andrew Guinosso is embarking on a wonderful project that will enrich the souls of all Aramcons and he asks for your help. Basing his project off the popular “Chicken Soup for the Soul” series, he plans to capture what it means to be an expatriate in Saudi Arabia through a collection of submitted stories.

Welcoming the New Year with Exercise: The Three R's

Welcoming the New Year with Exercise: The Three R's

BY Aramco ExPats / /

If you're like me, you make New Years resolutions every year, always with the best of intentions of keeping them, with varied results. High on my list of resolutions this year is to exercise more.

New Years Around the World

New Years Around the World

BY Aramco ExPats / /

In a few days many of us will be awaiting the midnight hour, eager to welcome in New Year 2017. If you're at all like me, you'll be asking yourself what happened to 2016? It seems like it started only a few weeks ago. As it says on clock faces everywhere, "Tempus fugit"—i.e., "Time flies."

Sleigh Bells Ring in 1952

Sleigh Bells Ring in 1952

BY Tim Barger / /

It was the winter of 1952. Aramco had just produced its 300 millionth barrel of oil. The Administration building was so new that the parking lot is still unpaved.

Christmas in Khobar - Part 2

Christmas in Khobar - Part 2

BY Tim Barger / /

In Part One, eight-year-old Tim has set out on Christmas Eve morning to buy Christmas presents for his family at Aramco's canteen which is situated in a green portable next to the mail center.

Christmas in Khobar - Part 1

Christmas in Khobar - Part 1

BY Tim Barger / /

I’m about eight and have ten riyals to buy Christmas presents for my family. No problem. 

Farmer Joe Remembers Arabia

Farmer Joe Remembers Arabia

BY Aramco ExPats / /

Just like all the rest of us who work or once worked at Aramco, Joe LeBlanc remembers his badge number (Hint: It starts with a "1"). Just like us as well, he carries with him fond memories of his days living and working in the Kingdom.

ICC Concert Satisfaction Survey

ICC Concert Satisfaction Survey

BY Aramco ExPats / /

The International Concert Committee (ICC) is conducting a study to measure your satisfaction with their concerts.

A Yule Goat in Finnish Lapland

A Yule Goat in Finnish Lapland

BY Aramco ExPats / /

The Finns are different. Ask anyone who's spent time around them or visited their country. Or ask a Finn yourself, if you happen to know one. They're part of Scandinavia but they're not true Scandinavians or Nordics.

Separation of Service Brings About Many Changes

Separation of Service Brings About Many Changes

BY Reilly Financial Advisors / /

At some point, every Aramcon will face the complexities associated with Separation of Service. And regardless of when that time of separation approaches, it is no understatement that one must devise a strategy and lay out the logistics to accessing their hard-earned money once they’ve left Aramco. It can seem an overwhelming task, with many options. So which option is best for you? Proper planning is a necessity given all that must be considered.