Konstantinopel Rare and Fine Books - Making the Impossible Possible

Konstantinopel Rare and Fine Books - Making the Impossible Possible

BY Aramco ExPats / /

A wonder-filled gathering place on the world-wide-web for bibliophiles interested in the history of the Middle East is the website of Konstantinopel Rare and Fine Books. Readers may recognize the name, as Konstantinopel has been a loyal supporter of this website for some time.

Aramcons Challenge the Euphrates, Part VII: Confrontations

Aramcons Challenge the Euphrates, Part VII: Confrontations

BY Aramco ExPats / /

At the conclusion of the previous installment in this series, our doughty band of Aramcons had just made camp for the night after completing a spine-tingling run through the most treacherous stretch of the Grand Canyon...

Arabian Honey: The Best of the Best

Arabian Honey: The Best of the Best

BY Aramco ExPats / /

Bees and the honey they gather are among nature’s greatest wonders. Take away bees and the role they play in pollination and much of agriculture as we know it would be devastated. Take away bees and the honey...

Taif Emerges as Top Local Tourist Destination in Saudi Arabia

Taif Emerges as Top Local Tourist Destination in Saudi Arabia

BY Arab News / /

Taif governorate has gained the lion’s share of the Kingdom’s domestic tourism volume, crowning it as the city of roses and the best Saudi summer city, due to its mild climate during summer and natural landscapes especially in the Al-Shifa and Al-Hada areas.

Walking the Plank in Old Jubail

Walking the Plank in Old Jubail

BY Tim Barger / /

Who can forget those fantastic dhow trips out to the islands? I particularly remember the ones I went on before they turned Jubail into a super-port - when was that? Somewhere before 1980, I would guess. Back then, Jubail was just a little fishing port and the dock for the fishing dhows was quite tiny and set behind a group of old custom buildings.

Coffea Arabica: Cultivating the Coffee Culture

Coffea Arabica: Cultivating the Coffee Culture

BY Aramco ExPats / /

Since it was first introduced to the Arabian Peninsula from Abyssinia in the fifteenth century, coffee and the rituals surrounding its enjoyment have been important components of daily life there and all across the Middle East.

The McGinley Family Winery

The McGinley Family Winery

BY Pam Markham / /

Positive change is happening all over the Huntsville area, but at the top of the list would have to be the opening of the beautiful wine tasting and dining venue at West Sandy Creek Winery located at 1773 FM 1791, just a few minutes South West of Huntsville, TX.

Aramcons Challenge the Euphrates, Part VI: Scylla and Charybdis

Aramcons Challenge the Euphrates, Part VI: Scylla and Charybdis

BY Aramco ExPats / /

In the previous installment of this series, a party of Aramcons had just run a daunting bedrock rapid at the entrance to a stretch of the upper Euphrates in eastern Turkey known as the Serpent’s Mill. We continue here with their story...

Mosques that Host Some of the World’s Largest Eid Congregations

Mosques that Host Some of the World’s Largest Eid Congregations

BY Arab News / /

Muslims will soon observe Eid Al-Fitr, the festival that marks the end of Ramadan. Eid Al-Fitr, which means Festival of the Breaking of the Fast, will see Muslims gather for the congregational prayer in mosques or special prayer grounds around the world.

Dates: The Miracle Food of Arabia

Dates: The Miracle Food of Arabia

BY Aramco ExPats / /

Absent the camel, the history of Arabia and the world would have followed a far different course than what it did. Much the same can be said of the date and its impact on humankind.

Linda Johnson: Volunteering with a Purpose

Linda Johnson: Volunteering with a Purpose

BY Aramco ExPats / /

The mere mention of the name Casablanca instantly conjures up images in the minds of movie buffs the world over of the 1942 Oscar-winning film set in the Moroccan city during World War II and starring Humphrey Bogart...

Aramcons Challenge the Euphrates, Part IV: Into the Kemer Khan

Aramcons Challenge the Euphrates, Part IV: Into the Kemer Khan

BY Aramco ExPats / /

When last we heard from Vicci Turner two installments ago regarding her memories of descending the Upper Euphrates with 10 fellow Aramcons in 1979, they were two days into their adventure and had just entered the stretch of river...

Laurene Ann Opdyke Nursing Scholarship

Laurene Ann Opdyke Nursing Scholarship

BY Aramco ExPats / /

Richard Opdyke, former pilot for the Saudi Aramco Aviation Department, is pleased to announce this year's scholarship offering through the Laurene Ann Opdyke Nursing Scholarship. If you know of anyone who would qualify for this scholarship, please forward them a link to this article.

My Khobar Addiction

My Khobar Addiction

BY Jackie Driver / /

Every Thursday morning I would be on the Aramco bus to Khobar like clockwork. Even the bus was an adventure because you would meet people from all over the world -- Azerbaijan, Lebanon, Malaysia-- and could strike up an immediate and fascinating conversation.

Unicorns Return to the Rub’ al-Khali

Unicorns Return to the Rub’ al-Khali

BY Aramco ExPats / /

Here’s a bit of good news for young girls the world over who collect unicorn dolls and whose favorite T-shirts and sweatshirts and pajamas all feature colorful images of the mythical creature: Unicorns have reportedly been spotted in the deserts of Saudi Arabia. Really, but not really. Almost, though.