Donkey Riding in Dhahran

Donkey Riding in Dhahran

BY Aramco ExPats / /

If you are a baby boomer that grew up in America in the ’50s, chances are you remember a children’s song called “Donkey Riding.” The lyrics to the first few stanzas go like this:

Fire and Rain

Fire and Rain

BY Aramco ExPats / /

Our concern for Aramco ExPats affected by the series of natural disasters that have struck in the United States and its territories in recent months continues to grow. First, there were the hurricanes: Harvey, Irma, Maria, and others. Now there’s fire in California to add flames to their rain.

Interview with Tim Barger about Christmas in Khobar

Interview with Tim Barger about Christmas in Khobar

BY Aramco ExPats / /

Aramco Expats correspondent Grace Gail Malone interviews Tim Barger about his new book. "Your new collection of stories is entitled Christmas in Khobar. The name comes from one of your stories, but aren’t you concerned that a wider audience might not have even heard of the place?"

One Brat's Mission to Rebuild in the Aftermath of Hurricane Harvey

One Brat's Mission to Rebuild in the Aftermath of Hurricane Harvey

BY Aramco ExPats / /

We all have friends and colleagues past and present—and, in some cases, family—who were affected by the series of hurricanes in August and September that struck islands in the Caribbean and wide swaths of the U.S. mainland.

Arvid, Jakki, Mike and Sue Picking Grapes in Portugal

Arvid, Jakki, Mike and Sue Picking Grapes in Portugal

BY Aramco ExPats / /

Were you to throw a dart at a map of the world hung on a wall from ten paces away and hit a continent and not an ocean, chances are you’d find an ex-Aramcon or two living somewhere close by wherever your dart landed. The geographic spread of our readership suggests that...

Is Your Smartphone Hurting You?

Is Your Smartphone Hurting You?

BY The Arabian Sun / /

Apprentices at the Jiddah Industrial Training Center (JITC) held their heads up high during the first “Text Neck Syndrome” awareness campaign as part of the “2017 Year of Health” series. Summer Program B participant and JITC health team member Bandar Al-Harbi delivered an eye-opening presentation designed to raise awareness of the syndrome with more than 200 apprentices, along with staff, in attendance.

O&BS Unearths Creative Talent in Best Photographer Competition

O&BS Unearths Creative Talent in Best Photographer Competition

BY The Arabian Sun / /

Operations and Business Services (O&BS) has a unique approach when it comes to engaging employees and unearthing the hidden talent within its organization. It organizes competitions that O&BS employees can enter as individuals on an equal footing without having to follow the usual hierarchical procedure of first obtaining management permission.

College Preparatory Program Students Excel on International Advanced Placement Exams

College Preparatory Program Students Excel on International Advanced Placement Exams

BY The Arabian Sun / /

Saudi Aramco’s College Preparatory Program (CPP) students, who sat for Advanced Placement (AP) International Exams during a two-week period earlier this year, not only achieved the highest AP exam grades of any previous class of CPP students but also surpassed global averages in all of the subjects tested.

Saudi National Day Celebrating the Unification of Saudi Arabia

Saudi National Day Celebrating the Unification of Saudi Arabia

BY Aramco ExPats / /

Few people in history have had the impact on their nation that Abdul Aziz ibn Abdur Rahman ibn Faisal al Saud, better known as ibn Saud, had on his. Conqueror, warrior, leader, visionary, commanding in presence, fearless in battle, cunning in negotiations...

Release of Excelsior!

Release of Excelsior!

BY Aramco ExPats / /

This story from Christmas in Khobar has never been published before. In part, it’s about the miracle of receiving a shipment which for Aramcon families in the fifties was like Christmas in July.

First came Harvey, then came Irma

First came Harvey, then came Irma

BY Aramco ExPats / /

Twice in recent weeks, major hurricanes have visited themselves upon the U.S. mainland, wreaking vast destruction with their waters and winds, claiming innocent lives in their fury, leaving enormous damage in their wakes for survivors to overcome.

Organizers of the 2018 Austin Hafla Having Fun While Making Plans

Organizers of the 2018 Austin Hafla Having Fun While Making Plans

BY Aramco ExPats / /

Planning is underway for the 2018 Austin Hafla Annuitants Reunion and by all accounts, volunteers who were able to attend the first meeting in Austin, Texas had a good time. Here's what co-hosts Bill and Judy Walker, and David and Vicki Jessich, had to say:

Shaikh Amin's Encounters with Aramcons: A Photo Series - Photo 1

Shaikh Amin's Encounters with Aramcons: A Photo Series - Photo 1

BY Aramco ExPats / /

Shaikh Amin, retired chief photographer of Aramco, is currently on his yearly tour of the USA to attend the annual Photographic Society of America conference and spend time with his family. In this photo, Tareck Elass (son of late Majed Elass, former Vice President of Government Affairs and Board Member) is seen with his family visiting Shaikh at his son's residence in Princeton, New Jersey in July of 2017.

Frankly Speaking, Life Has Been Good for Frank and Nit

Frankly Speaking, Life Has Been Good for Frank and Nit

BY Aramco ExPats / /

One thing can safely be said about long-time Aramcons: They’ve been a lot of places and seen a lot of things. Frank Anderson, badge number 094403, is no exception. Joining the Saudi Aramco family in 1977, Frank initially moved into al-Firdoz, Khobar...

Now Available, Christmas in Khobar!

Now Available, Christmas in Khobar!

BY Aramco ExPats / /

Tim Barger’s new collection of stories about 1950s Aramco, Arabia and life in general has just been released in print and e-book at Amazon. He hopes that you will enjoy it.

Friends in Need in the Face of Hurricane Harvey

Friends in Need in the Face of Hurricane Harvey

BY Aramco ExPats / /

Our hearts go out to all those impacted by the devastation of Hurricane Harvey, to our fellow Aramcons living in the area, all those at Aramco Services Company, as well, their friends and families. For those who wish to donate to disaster relief efforts, here are just a few ways you can help.