Camping with Camels: My Introduction to the Kingdom - Part IV

Camping with Camels: My Introduction to the Kingdom - Part IV

BY Brid Beeler / /

When we left Mada’in Saleh, our next destination was Jeddah. That is a long road to Jeddah and having since traveled all the roads of the Kingdom, it is still the one road I do not enjoy traveling. I avoid it with a passion...

The Merchant Spirit

The Merchant Spirit

BY Aramco ExPats / /

Aramco annuitant and current resident of Japan Eiichi Nakamura was recently featured in these pages. The highlight of that article was his account of a traditional tea ceremony performed at his home in Yokohama for top executives from Saudi Aramco and their key customers in Japan.

The Seven Natural Wonders of Arabia, Part VII – Al Wahbah Crater

The Seven Natural Wonders of Arabia, Part VII – Al Wahbah Crater

BY Aramco ExPats / /

Saudi Arabia has taken dramatic steps in recent years to open its borders to foreign tourists; to restore, maintain, and protect its many important natural and man-made attractions; and to spread the word of these astonishing sites...

Camping with Camels: My Introduction to the Kingdom - Part III

Camping with Camels: My Introduction to the Kingdom - Part III

BY Brid Beeler / /

The desert floor stretched before us as we headed west. As the hours passed and the heat soared, the terrain became flat and expansive with mirages dancing on the horizon. It was evening once more as we approached Tayma...

The King’s Man: Like Father, Like Son? - Part IV

The King’s Man: Like Father, Like Son? - Part IV

BY Mel Trotter / /

From the moment he met Ibn Saud, Harry St. John Bridger Philby was mesmerised by the charisma of the King and made no secret of his dedication to the Saudi cause and the unification of the Arabian Peninsula.

The King’s Man: The Final Curtain - Part III

The King’s Man: The Final Curtain - Part III

BY Mel Trotter / /

With The King’s good offices, Harry had prospered in his business ventures and was proprietor of The Ford Motor Company franchise in Jeddah. He owned a house in Riyadh, given to him by Ibn Saud and a beautiful Saudi wife named Rozy.

The King’s Man: Oil and Death - Part II

The King’s Man: Oil and Death - Part II

BY Mel Trotter / /

So went the philosophy of the mentors who tutored Ibn Saud as a child and it remained his lifelong practice to tryout the integrity of those he would rely on. His friendship with Harry St. John Bridger Philby was strong but Philby was not exempt from the scrutiny of the desert fighter, though Philby never knew or understood this.

Repatriating During Covid-19

Repatriating During Covid-19

BY Anushka Bose / /

The binding truth that ties the entire Aramco family together is the ephemeral, transitory periods of our lives that we spend in the cookie-cutter homes, basking under the hot desert sun. Some of us are born here, some move as children, and some as teenagers, and some of us even find our way back here as adults.

The King’s Man: Before Oil - Part I

The King’s Man: Before Oil - Part I

BY Mel Trotter / /

When Ibn Saud scaled the walls of Riyadh in 1902, it began his celebrated passage to becoming King of Saudi Arabia. This story briefly describes the years when he recovered his heritage and oil was on the horizon.

Arabian Fate

Arabian Fate

BY Melvin Trotter / /

It was a Saturday and the skydivers had jumped this morning. Nobody worked on Saturday afternoon except the island telephone operator and she was busy. There were three phones at the exchange and people stood in lines to make their calls home. Folks in England waited for their loved ones to call on Saturdays.

The Seven Natural Wonders of Arabia, Part VI – Jabal Sawda

The Seven Natural Wonders of Arabia, Part VI – Jabal Sawda

BY Aramco ExPats / /

If you’re a fan of geological wonders—as many Aramco annuitants understandably are—a visit to Jabal Sawda will suit your tastes “to a T.” Standing just over 10,000 feet, Jabal Sawda in the Asir region of southwestern Saudi Arabia...

Camping with Camels: My Introduction to the Kingdom - Part II

Camping with Camels: My Introduction to the Kingdom - Part II

BY Brid Beeler / /

We arrived in Buraidah, just before the noon prayer when everything closes for 20 to 30 minutes as the faithful head off to the mosque. During prayer, we drove around the town. Buraidah is in the heart of the Nejd...

Poems of Arabia by Elise Kellett: Part II

Poems of Arabia by Elise Kellett: Part II

BY Elise Kellett / /

This small collection of verses was written as a poetic diary of my thoughts and impressions, influenced by my life and travel within Saudi Arabia during the past eight years (circa 1980s), intending, hopefully, for them to be handed on...

Can You Identify this Rock?

Can You Identify this Rock?

BY Aramco ExPats / /

Elise Kellett submitted a photo of a rock she's had in her possession for many years, collected from the desert near Dhahran. Out of curiosity, she is hoping someone can identify the type of rock.

Mohammed Ifteqaruddin Completes Covid-19 Education Achievement

Mohammed Ifteqaruddin Completes Covid-19 Education Achievement

BY Mohammed Ifteqaruddin / /

Retired employee Mohammed Ifteqaruddin Badge #140948, Technical Advisor Mechanical Services from Ras Tanura Refinery Maintenance Department, machine shop unit, has put the well-being of the family and the community at the center of attention.

Recognize Anyone from this 1973 Aramco Magazine Cover Photo?

Recognize Anyone from this 1973 Aramco Magazine Cover Photo?

BY Aramco ExPats / /

UK resident Mel Trotter supplied this image of a 1973 Aramco magazine cover that includes him, and we're hoping to identify others that are also in the photograph. Of the magazine cover, Mel explains, "it cheered me up when I looked at it the other day."

Twins, 91, Riding Out Quarantine Together with Daily Pep Rallies

Twins, 91, Riding Out Quarantine Together with Daily Pep Rallies

BY The San Diego Union-Tribune / /

For two weeks now, Jackie Voskamp and Joyce Kriesmer have barely left the apartment they share at the Vi at La Jolla Village senior complex. The 91-year-old identical twins are in a high-risk age group for COVID-19, so they have been in self-imposed lockdown.