My Arabian Tent

My Arabian Tent

BY Brid Beeler / /

I first became intrigued with tents when I discovered a friend in Riyadh had a traditional Saudi tent in one of the rooms in his house! Like many of our homes in Kingdom, the rooms in his house were on the large size. With all that space, you need to be innovative in how to decorate, and he had decided to turn one room off the entry way into a tent.

Diving the Red Sea: Vignette from 'Tales from the Desert: An Arabian Memoir'

Diving the Red Sea: Vignette from 'Tales from the Desert: An Arabian Memoir'

BY Stuart Crocker / /

One of the many benefits of working for Aramco in the diving sense at least, was that we could freely use company aircraft to fly across the country to the Red Sea coast at Yanbu which, similar to the town of Jubail on the Gulf coast, had been transformed from a quiet fishing village into an industrial city with a deepwater port.

Important Reminders for Hafla Cruisers

Important Reminders for Hafla Cruisers

BY Aramco ExPats / /

We’re excited about being together for our Hafla 2022 Cruise Oct. 31-Nov. 5. Come join us! For our Hafla cruisers, it’s just four months until we see each other. Plan to arrive in Miami early to socialize and greet your friends. Some of us have already booked our rooms at the Miami Marriott Biscayne Bay...

Taking to the Water: Vignette from 'Tales from the Desert: An Arabian Memoir'

Taking to the Water: Vignette from 'Tales from the Desert: An Arabian Memoir'

BY Stuart Crocker / /

With its headquarters in Dhahran, close to the shores of the Arabian Gulf, the company had its own private beach and yacht club at Half Moon Bay. Entry to the beach was restricted to employees and their families, while membership of the yacht club was dependent upon owning a registered boat.

The Knot of Shared Experiences

The Knot of Shared Experiences

BY Anushka Bose / /

There’s a reason why groups and associations rooted in overcoming challenges are as special as they are: AA, support groups for health conditions, groups centered around shared activities, etc. The bond of shared experiences transcends — or more realistically...

A Place of My Own: Vignette from 'Tales from the Desert: An Arabian Memoir'

A Place of My Own: Vignette from 'Tales from the Desert: An Arabian Memoir'

BY Stuart Crocker / /

I lived in the temporary house on 16th Street for about eighteen months until I eventually accrued sufficient housing points to bid on some permanent housing. Although I had enjoyed my time in the temporary house and made some good friends, I wanted my wife to visit me occasionally and this would not be possible until I found permanent accommodation.

Bahrain by Dhow: Vignette from 'Tales from the Desert: An Arabian Memoir'

Bahrain by Dhow: Vignette from 'Tales from the Desert: An Arabian Memoir'

BY Stuart Crocker / /

The company had a very active employees association called the Aramco Employees Association (AEA) which organised many activities and trips. Self-directed groups under the auspices of this organisation were given funding by the company and allowed the use of various company facilities. These groups were many and varied with activities ranging from traditional sports, to handicrafts, art and drama, even including the unlikely ‘Arabian Hoedowners'.

Aramco ExPats Celebrates 20 Years

Aramco ExPats Celebrates 20 Years

BY Vicci Turner / /

In 2002, facing imminent repatriation back to the U.S. and wondering how, after so many years, I could stay connected to everything and everyone I had grown to love during my time in Arabia with Saudi Aramco, I formed the notion of creating a website...

Pre-Cruise Hafla Reunion - Miami Marriott Biscayne Bay Welcomes Us

Pre-Cruise Hafla Reunion - Miami Marriott Biscayne Bay Welcomes Us

BY Aramco ExPats / /

The reunion committee has secured rooms at the Miami Marriott Biscayne Bay for either one or two nights before boarding the Celebrity Summit on Monday, October 31. If you want to come early, please make a reservation using Marriott's online link for the Hafla Reunion 2022.

Art of Arabia

Art of Arabia

BY Brid Beeler / /

For some years now, the contemporary arts scene in Saudi Arabia has been mushrooming. While Jeddah remains the Kingdom’s art capital, Al Ula has captured much of the spotlight following the recent Desert X installations by 15 Saudi and international artists. Al Ula is truly an amazing space for art, and the artists involved cannot help but take inspiration from the stark beauty of the surrounding plains and sandstone cliffs.

The Snack Bar: An Aramco Delicacy

The Snack Bar: An Aramco Delicacy

BY Anushka Bose / /

While growing up in Saudi, I distinctly remember one feature of the compounds that I have never encountered anywhere else: snack bars. No matter which compounds you were on: Dhahran, Abqaiq, Ras Tanura, or Udhailiyah, the snack bar was the stop in town to catch a tasty meal after swimming or an afterschool sport.

Welcome Aboard, My Dear Friends!

Welcome Aboard, My Dear Friends!

BY Aramco ExPats / /

These are the wishes my wife Amira and I hope to share with each of you in October when so many of our Aramco annuitant friends will board together for the upcoming Hafla Cruise.

Heart And Soul – Vignettes from Ali Al-Baluchi’s Memoir: Part V – Community Services

Heart And Soul – Vignettes from Ali Al-Baluchi’s Memoir: Part V – Community Services

BY Aramco ExPats / /

By the late 1970s, Ali Al-Baluchi had risen through Aramco’s Community Services to become Manager of the Food Distribution Department, where he was proud to employ one of the company’s first Saudi female employees. The following extract from Heart and Soul details how this opened a door to further training in the United States.

Flames, Smoke Engulf Saudi Shopping Mall

Flames, Smoke Engulf Saudi Shopping Mall

BY Arab News / /

A Saudi shopping mall was on fire Friday engulfed in smoke after a blaze broke out in the early hours of the morning. Plumes of smoke could be seen billowing from the Mall of Dhahran in Alkhobar — the largest commercial market in the Eastern Province — as emergency crews battled to contain the fire.

Heart And Soul – Vignettes from Ali Al-Baluchi’s Memoir: Part IV – Opportunity

Heart And Soul – Vignettes from Ali Al-Baluchi’s Memoir: Part IV – Opportunity

BY Aramco ExPats / /

As Ali Al-Baluchi worked hard to establish his credentials within the Aramco workforce, opportunities to study overseas began to arrive. With his cordial personality and winning Saudi charm, Ali quickly formed friendships wherever he went, and even found himself representing the Kingdom in international student forums.

Heart And Soul – Vignettes from Ali Al-Baluchi’s Memoir: Part III - At Work

Heart And Soul – Vignettes from Ali Al-Baluchi’s Memoir: Part III - At Work

BY Aramco ExPats / /

Ali Al-Baluchi was born in the Arabian Peninsula soon after the unification of the Saudi kingdom. Against the backdrop of a conservative society confronting a rapidly increasing pace of modernization, he has witnessed and participated in decades of great social and economic change.

Ramadan, Islam’s Moveable Feast

Ramadan, Islam’s Moveable Feast

BY Brid Beeler / /

The Holy month of Ramadan is the 9th month in the Hijri calendar.  Since the Islamic year is 11 days shorter than the western Gregorian calendar, Ramadan moves ‘forward’ by that amount each year in comparison to our western months, making Ramadan, quite literally, a moveable feast!

Aramco Retiree Golf Group Teed It Up in Phoenix, Arizona

Aramco Retiree Golf Group Teed It Up in Phoenix, Arizona

BY Aramco ExPats / /

The Aramco Retiree Golf Group held their sixth overall and first 2022 event in Phoenix, Arizona at Sheraton Grand Wild Horse Pass Resort March 28 – April 1, 2022. It was a fun filled 5-days of activities including 3 rounds of golf at Whirlwind Troon Devils Claw and Cattail golf courses. The evenings included an “Ice Breaker” Monday night at the Sheraton Grand Lobby Bar area onsite...