Erik Hebert: The Fight Continues

Erik Hebert: The Fight Continues

BY Aramco ExPats / /

Aramcons are known for their big hearts, as are Aramco brats like Erik Hebert. Born in the Kingdom in 1979, Erik was raised in Dhahran by his parents, prominent annuitants Cindy and Byron Hebert.

Linda Johnson: Volunteering with a Purpose

Linda Johnson: Volunteering with a Purpose

BY Aramco ExPats / /

The mere mention of the name Casablanca instantly conjures up images in the minds of movie buffs the world over of the 1942 Oscar-winning film set in the Moroccan city during World War II and starring Humphrey Bogart...

Aramcons Challenge the Euphrates, Part IV: Into the Kemer Khan

Aramcons Challenge the Euphrates, Part IV: Into the Kemer Khan

BY Aramco ExPats / /

When last we heard from Vicci Turner two installments ago regarding her memories of descending the Upper Euphrates with 10 fellow Aramcons in 1979, they were two days into their adventure and had just entered the stretch of river...

Laurene Ann Opdyke Nursing Scholarship

Laurene Ann Opdyke Nursing Scholarship

BY Aramco ExPats / /

Richard Opdyke, former pilot for the Saudi Aramco Aviation Department, is pleased to announce this year's scholarship offering through the Laurene Ann Opdyke Nursing Scholarship. If you know of anyone who would qualify for this scholarship, please forward them a link to this article.

My Khobar Addiction

My Khobar Addiction

BY Jackie Driver / /

Every Thursday morning I would be on the Aramco bus to Khobar like clockwork. Even the bus was an adventure because you would meet people from all over the world -- Azerbaijan, Lebanon, Malaysia-- and could strike up an immediate and fascinating conversation.

Unicorns Return to the Rub’ al-Khali

Unicorns Return to the Rub’ al-Khali

BY Aramco ExPats / /

Here’s a bit of good news for young girls the world over who collect unicorn dolls and whose favorite T-shirts and sweatshirts and pajamas all feature colorful images of the mythical creature: Unicorns have reportedly been spotted in the deserts of Saudi Arabia. Really, but not really. Almost, though.

The Problem with Target Date Funds

The Problem with Target Date Funds

BY Reilly Financial Advisors / /

No professional Investment Adviser would invest his or her personal money in a target date fund, so why should you? Target date funds are an option to start investing but are too objective in a subjective world. What they do offer is simplicity and instant diversification, something investors just starting to save need access to.

Photo Trip to Dammam and Al-Khobar

Photo Trip to Dammam and Al-Khobar

BY Aramco ExPats / /

With so many things to do at the just-completed reunion in Dhahran, it would have helped if I had been able to clone myself in order to take everything in. Trying to decide which options to choose was perhaps the most difficult task...

Clark Randall's Big Break

Clark Randall's Big Break

BY Tim Barger / /

I’ll call him Clark Randall. At 18, he volunteered for the Army. In early 1945, he went through basic training and was sent to Ft. Ord in Monterey to be trained as a diesel mechanic. He barely finished his training before the war ended and he was mustered out.

Nearly 600 Attending 2019 KSA Expat Reunion

Nearly 600 Attending 2019 KSA Expat Reunion

BY The Arabian Sun / /

Over the next week, you may see many excited new faces on the streets throughout the Saudi Aramco residential communities. However, these folks are not newcomers; most have actually had a long connection to the company and the Kingdom.

The Burgundy Bonneville

The Burgundy Bonneville

BY Tim Barger / /

After I graduated from college, I worked in film and TV for six years before I returned to Arabia in January of 1974 to start up the television department at the King Faisal Specialist Hospital in Riyadh. I was one of the first 20 American employees, and the hospital was still being built when I arrived.

Girl Scout Cookies Arrive in Arabia

Girl Scout Cookies Arrive in Arabia

BY Tim Barger / /

In 1950, the Girl Scout Cookie sale came to Saudi Arabia for the first time. In the photograph below, fourteen-year old Mariner, Louise Snyder of Stamford, Connecticut, gives cartons of cookies to her father, L.M. Snyder, Vice-President of Arabian American Oil Company, to deliver to the Girl Scouts in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia, 9000 miles away.

Aramcons Challenge the Euphrates – Part II: On to Anatolia

Aramcons Challenge the Euphrates – Part II: On to Anatolia

BY Aramco ExPats / /

At 9:00 a.m. on the morning of the 26th of April 1979, our undaunted troop of fresh-faced ExPat voyagers grabbed a Saudia flight in Dhahran and flew to Jeddah, where we encountered a planeload of pilgrims from Pakistan...

Mabrook! Embassies Welcome Princess to Ambassadors’ Club

Mabrook! Embassies Welcome Princess to Ambassadors’ Club

BY ArabNews / /

The appointment of Princess Reema bint Bandar as Saudi Arabia’s ambassador to the US has been welcomed by foreign diplomatic missions in the Kingdom. Princess Reema made history last Saturday when she was appointed to the role, becoming the first Saudi woman to be named ambassador.

Beneath the Oasis

Beneath the Oasis

BY Tim Barger / /

There is stupid, and then there is another category even dumber than stupid. At seventeen, I was pretty much the poster child for beyond stupid though it wasn’t entirely my fault.