Hafla 2022 is Way More Than a Cruise - It's All About the People!

Hafla 2022 is Way More Than a Cruise - It's All About the People!

BY Aramco ExPats / /

In case you missed it, registration is now open for the Hafla 2022 Cruise. We are looking forward to Annuitants, Brats, Aramcons, and Employees from Around the World joining us. Hafla 2022 Cruise will be a five-night cruise leaving Miami on October 31 and returning to Miami on November 5, 2022. We look forward to seeing you at Hafla 2022.

Syria’s Treasures, Part 3 – Krak des Chevaliers

Syria’s Treasures, Part 3 – Krak des Chevaliers

BY Mark Lowey / /

In this photo essay, Mark Lowey recounts his travels to Syria with his wife and another Aramco couple in April 2011, which inadvertently coincided with the beginnings of the civil uprising in Syria. In Parts 1 and 2, the party of four toured Syria’s capital, Damascus, and the ancient Roman city of Palmyra.

Saadeddin Pastry: A Green Box of Joy

Saadeddin Pastry: A Green Box of Joy

BY Anushka Bose / /

My memory of Dhahran includes various emblems that marked my time there. One of these emblems is the Saadeddin Pastry shop/stop inside the Dhahran Commissary. When I first moved to Dhahran I was amazed by the colorful squares of chocolate wrapped in baby pink or turquoise blue covers placed symmetrically around a large gold plate.

Getting Down to Work: Vignette from 'Tales from the Desert: An Arabian Memoir'

Getting Down to Work: Vignette from 'Tales from the Desert: An Arabian Memoir'

BY Stuart Crocker / /

Dhahran North Office Complex was a collection of twenty large, temporary office buildings located about half a mile from the residential camp. They certainly weren’t as swish as the more glamorous steel and glass offices on the main camp complex, but at least I didn’t have far to commute.

Arrowheads and Shooting Stars in the Deserts of Arabia

Arrowheads and Shooting Stars in the Deserts of Arabia

BY Brid Beeler / /

Weekend trips to the desert often involved searching for arrowheads and other primitive stone tools. Finding areas where these were plentiful was never easy because we could go out one weekend and chance upon a promising site, with lots of arrowheads just lying there on top of the sand...

Orientation: Vignette from 'Tales from the Desert: An Arabian Memoir'

Orientation: Vignette from 'Tales from the Desert: An Arabian Memoir'

BY Stuart Crocker / /

Aramco came into existence some years before there was a fully functioning Saudi government and had therefore developed its own extensive laws and procedures which, by the time I arrived, ran in tandem to those which had later been created by the government. Indeed many laws subsequently enacted by the government were lifted straight from various company manuals.

Saudi Arabia's First October Big Day of Birding

Saudi Arabia's First October Big Day of Birding

BY Gregory Askew / /

In celebration of Global Bird Weekend and World Migratory Bird Day, on Saturday, October 9th, birdwatchers in Saudi Arabia took part in this year’s October Big Day. During the event, the global birding community tried to record the highest number of bird species possible in a single day.

Syria’s Treasures, Part 2 – Palmyra

Syria’s Treasures, Part 2 – Palmyra

BY Mark Lowey / /

In this photo essay, Mark Lowey recounts his travels to Syria with his wife and another Aramco couple in April 2011, which inadvertently coincided with the beginnings of the civil uprising in Syria. In Part 1, the party of four enjoyed an exciting, if somewhat stressful, four days in Syria’s capital, Damascus.

What Does It Mean To Be An Aramcon? A Reflective Essay

What Does It Mean To Be An Aramcon? A Reflective Essay

BY Anushka Bose / /

What does it mean to be an Aramcon? How exactly is our identity both similar and different from all those that are bound by the Aramcon story? These are some questions that I’m thinking about lately.

Aramco Retiree Golf Group Teed It Up at Pine Mountain, Georgia

Aramco Retiree Golf Group Teed It Up at Pine Mountain, Georgia

BY Aramco ExPats / /

The Aramco Retiree Golf Group held their second 2021 event in Pine Mountain, Georgia at Callaway Resort & Gardens September 14-18, 2021. It was a fun filled 5-days of activities including 3 rounds of golf at Callaway Resort Lake View and Mountain View golf courses. The evenings included an “Ice Breaker” Tuesday night at the Cason’s Tap Room onsite...

Luncheon with Ali and Amira Al-Baluchi

Luncheon with Ali and Amira Al-Baluchi

BY Aramco ExPats / /

A small group gathered on September 10th at the Grove in west Austin, TX to visit with Ali Baluchi and his lovely wife Amira. In attendance were Ali, Amira, Harlene Morrow, Karen Morrow, David Jessich, Judy Walker, Bill Walker, Chris Owen, and long-time friends of Ali who live in Georgetown, Jay and Donna Casper.

Brat Lifetime Achievement Award: The Dammam Well #7 Award

Brat Lifetime Achievement Award: The Dammam Well #7 Award

BY Aramco ExPats / /

This year at the 18th Biennial reunion, Bridget Halpin and Liz Germani created a new BrAt Lifetime Achievement Award, “The Dammam Well #7 Award.”  Going forward at each reunion, the ABI will present this award to a BrAt that has gone above and beyond to the Aramco Brat organization.

Arabian Bat Encounters

Arabian Bat Encounters

BY Brid Beeler / /

I would guess that not many of us think fondly about bats, those mouse-like creatures that fly around in the night sky.  I know they are timid, useful creatures that eat tons of insects and all that, but they send shivers down my spine.  They somehow remind me of the Alfred Hitchcock movie “The Birds” filmed in Bodega Bay...

Syria’s Treasures, Part 1 – Damascus

Syria’s Treasures, Part 1 – Damascus

BY Mark Lowey / /

In this photo essay, Mark Lowey recounts his travels to Syria with his wife and another Aramco couple in April 2011, which inadvertently coincided with the beginnings of the civil uprising in Syria. The last day of their stay in Damascus included an unlikely encounter with the not-so-secret police, Bashar Al Assad’s Military Intelligence Directorate.

Oasis, Too Close for Comfort: Vignette from 'Life in the Camel Lane'

Oasis, Too Close for Comfort: Vignette from 'Life in the Camel Lane'

BY Doreen Cumberford / /

On May 29, 2004, two attacks happened on oil installations and one on Oasis, a residential compound in the heart of Al Khobar. The Oasis had a restaurant that we frequented and a skating rink where our friends’ kids learned ice hockey.