Saudi Arabia to Ireland by Land Rover in 1997: Sights of Istanbul - Part IX

Saudi Arabia to Ireland by Land Rover in 1997: Sights of Istanbul - Part IX

BY Ian Conlin / /

The next day was declared to be a definite “no driving day” and the Discovery Land Rover keys are stashed away. Breakfast was grabbed at the hotel before walking to the ‘Misir Carsis’ or Egyptian Bazaar, a busy and exciting place even in the rain. It is packed with all sorts of folks in many different dress codes and skin tones all yelling and pulling and pointing at the stuff packed into the bazaar.

The Nomads: Arabia’s Time Travelers

The Nomads: Arabia’s Time Travelers

BY Brid Beeler / /

In our modern high tech lives, with instant access to global news, email, and Google Maps, how often do we think about the nomads in our world who live as they did in earlier times, without any of these modern conveniences? Who are they? Where do they live?

Arabian Salukis Looking for New Homes

Arabian Salukis Looking for New Homes

BY Brid Beeler / /

Salukis in My Life is the title of a book written by Sir Terence Clark, who was the British ambassador in Iraq and Oman where he came to know and love salukis. Like him, I too have had salukis (four of them so far) and I could not imagine being without one of these elegant, aristocratic creatures in my life.

Saudi Arabia to Ireland by Land Rover in 1997: Ephesus - Part VII

Saudi Arabia to Ireland by Land Rover in 1997: Ephesus - Part VII

BY Ian Conlin / /

Once back in the Land Rover Discovery, we head off down more mountain roads to Selcuk, a small town close to the ruins of the famous Roman settlement of Ephesus. We have read about the area and the small Hotel Kalahan, which is well known and is reported to be a very interesting and famous guest house.

“The Duality of Home”

“The Duality of Home”

BY Anushka Bose / /

Home is where the heart is, And also where the foot is, Home is the smell of freshly baked za’atar filling the aroma of the commissary, Home is the creation of beginnings in a new city, Home is the Arabian sunshine and desert, the palm trees and the souks...

Onboard the 2022 Aramco Hafla Cruise

Onboard the 2022 Aramco Hafla Cruise

BY Aramco ExPats / /

The 2022 Aramco Hafla Reunion Cruise departed Miami on October 31st, setting sail for Cozumel, Mexico. Following a relaxing day at sea, annuitants gathered for a celebratory evening that began with hors d'oeuvres and cocktails, then proceeded with fine dining at the Cosmopolitan restaurant followed by decadent dessert, and finished with a night of mingling and dancing.

Social Security, Inflation, and You

Social Security, Inflation, and You

BY Reilly Financial Advisors / /

With inflation running at multi-decade highs, 2022 has been a difficult year for global stock and bond markets. Amidst this backdrop, a silver lining is that Social Security beneficiaries are set to receive an 8.7% cost of living adjustment (COLA) in 2023. This figure, which is the largest COLA in more than 40 years...

Saudi Arabia to Ireland by Land Rover in 1997: Turkey - Part VI

Saudi Arabia to Ireland by Land Rover in 1997: Turkey - Part VI

BY Ian Conlin / /

At the Turkish border we are met by the usual hoard of ‘company men’, but we are feeling much surer of ourselves here now that we are out of the Arab world and demanded, loudly and repeatedly, to meet with the official customs officials. This causes some confusion and I end up with the police who demand our passports.

Aramco Retiree Golf Group Teed It Up in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

Aramco Retiree Golf Group Teed It Up in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

BY Aramco ExPats / /

The Aramco Retiree Golf Group held their seventh overall and second 2022 event in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina at the Marriott Myrtle Beach Resort & Spa at Grande Dunes, October 3-7, 2022. It was a fun-filled 5-days of activities including 3 rounds of golf at The Players Club, Barefoot Resort’s Love, and Myrtlewood Palmetto golf courses.

How We Can Help as You Leave Aramco and Throughout Retirement: Part 2

How We Can Help as You Leave Aramco and Throughout Retirement: Part 2

BY Reilly Financial Advisors / /

While it’s extremely important to plan for your retirement, what happens when you decide it’s finally time to enter that phase of your life? At Creative Planning, we’ve worked with hundreds of Aramcons, helping them to retire and working with them throughout retirement so that they can achieve the goals they’ve worked so hard for.

Saudi Arabia to Ireland by Land Rover in 1997: Syria - Part V

Saudi Arabia to Ireland by Land Rover in 1997: Syria - Part V

BY Ian Conlin / /

On Saturday, we arise to begin our dreaded trip through the Syria border crossing. We had read about the crossing into Syria and none of it was good. We fortify ourselves with a breakfast of hommus, bread and tea at our usual local coffee shop, and buy bread and hommus to eat on the trip. The coffee shop fills one, but only one, of our flasks with hot water.

The Heart of Arabia Expedition

The Heart of Arabia Expedition

BY Brid Beeler / /

Explorers are a noble breed, and Arabia has certainly had its share - Bertram Thomas, Lady Anne Blunt, Gertrude Bell, Harry St. John Philby, Wilfred Thesiger, and, of course, T. E. Lawrence - Lawrence of Arabia. You can add another name to that list. Mark Evans.

Saudi Arabia to Ireland by Land Rover in 1997: The Kings Highway and Petra - Part IV

Saudi Arabia to Ireland by Land Rover in 1997: The Kings Highway and Petra - Part IV

BY Ian Conlin / /

Because of our short time in Jordan we are forced to cram as much as possible into our visit to the country. We return to the hotel, collect the Discovery Land Rover and drive south, out of the city and onto the ‘Kings Highway’. This is a very old and bad road, with a rough surface, and lots of bumps and bends.

Ahoy! Would You Like to Play Mah Jongg While On the 2022 Hafla Reunion Cruise?

Ahoy! Would You Like to Play Mah Jongg While On the 2022 Hafla Reunion Cruise?

BY Bronwyn Horvath / /

Have you ever played Mah Jongg on the computer? It's a type of match game played with Chinese tiles. I've played it on occasion but it certainly didn't look like the active game that I saw being played in Chinese parks. Besides, I have a terrible memory for any type of matching game, so when given the opportunity a couple of years ago, I resisted the offer to learn Mah Jongg with a local group.

I’m So Excited!

I’m So Excited!

BY Judy Walker / /

‘I’m so excited, I just can’t hide it!’ – I hope most of you were in Saudi when we were amazed by the ‘5- 6-7-8’ performances to this song. Ah, those amazing, talented performers!! Well, that’s just the way I feel about this Hafla cruise on the Celebrity Summit that we’ll soon experience. I’ve been asked to write about packing/preparing for this adventure.

Saudi Arabia to Ireland by Land Rover in 1997: Enter Jordan - Part III

Saudi Arabia to Ireland by Land Rover in 1997: Enter Jordan - Part III

BY Ian Conlin / /

Arriving at the Al Haditha border crossing at 07.15, we find few houses but lots of trucks and confusion. There is even greater confusion at the customs post, as no one can find the fax that was supposed to have been sent by the police in Dammam to allow us to export the Discovery Land Rover.

"The Transition"

"The Transition"

BY Anushka Bose / /

My feet and my heart, Scattered across airplanes and airports, Across mountains and oceans that feed the distance between where I come from, And where I go. My heart longing for the goodbyes said, Through warm hugs and teary eyes, Goodbyes to the homes that built me, The walls that hold the memories that changed me.

How We Can Help You During Your Time at Aramco: Part 1

How We Can Help You During Your Time at Aramco: Part 1

BY Reilly Financial Advisors / /

Reilly Financial Advisors has partnered with employees of Saudi Aramco for almost five decades, bringing comprehensive wealth management and financial planning strategies customized to your unique situation as an employee of Aramco right to your door. We’re thrilled to continue this legacy as a part of Creative Planning.