Tuesday, September 18, is tour day and the Austin Hafla 2018 committee is offering two choices. The Austin Duck Adventures is an overview tour of downtown Austin. The LBJ Presidential Library and Texas State Capital tour offers an in-depth visit to two of Austin’s most important landmarks.
Saudi Arabia’s General Entertainment Authority (GEA) announced that it will organize 400 events across 23 cities on the occasion of Eid Al-Fitr, which is set for the end of the week.
Often when I sit down at my computer to write about one subject or another for AXP, I venture into the realm of my personal history to inflict upon readers memories from my past I believe they might find interesting. Such was the case last week with the article on shawarmas...
Over 38 years ago, back in 1980, a fantastic group of Aramcons were hired and many of them resided in the old Abqaiq Aramco Construction Camp (ACC) which was located just outside the Abqaiq Main Camp boundary. In those days, Aramco Management decided that these types of camps should be divided by nationality and each section had different dining halls so that foods could be prepared to suit their native tastes.
Back in April 2011, stuck in a monumental traffic jam on Interstate 5 just north of Seattle, I switched on the radio and hit the Seek button, hoping to find a station with an up-to-date traffic report. “Maybe they’ll recommend a way around this mess,”
According to the 21 May 1958 issue of the Arabian Sun and Flare—published exactly 60 years ago this week!—if you were living in Dhahran at the time and wanted to visit Half Moon Bay 14 or so miles (23 kilometers) to the south by taxi, a one-way ride there would have cost you 12 SAR ...
The Razorfish Swim University, founded by Zubair Mohammed Iftekhar, successfully concluded the year 2018 with the Razorfish Swim Meet at Sujatha Public School, Hyderabad. Zubair is the son of Aramco annuitant Dr. Mohammed Ifteqaruddin.
How often have you heard someone say, “A picture is worth a thousand words?” If that’s true—and we here at AXP believe it so—then the stories told by Aramco annuitant Bert Seal, Badge Number 17347, with his camera while serving as a photographer with the Public Relations Department...
Dr. Zakiya Ayo-Zahra Seymour Inducted into Georgia Tech Council of Outstanding Young Engineering Alumni
At a recent black tie ceremony held in Atlanta, Georgia on April 21st and sponsored by the College of Engineering of Georgia Tech, Dr. Zakiya Ayo-Zahra Seymour was inducted into their prestigious Council of Outstanding Young Engineering Alumni. This celebrated scholar and Aramco Brat began her academic career at Abqaiq Elementary School in 1985.
Hanging on the wall to the left of the desk in my study is a framed etching, “Chelsea,” by renowned American-born expat artist James A. McNeill Whistler. It dates from 1879 and depicts a long-since-removed wooden bridge stretching across the River Thames at Chelsea in London...
Perhaps the most fascinating site in the area is Dumah al-Jandal, an ancient city protected by the Ministry of Antiquities. This town was mentioned in the Old Testament in Genesis 25 and Isaiah 21.
A few weeks back I was shopping for groceries when I heard the man behind the seafood counter say to the customer standing next to me, “It’s a real doozy!” He was referring to a monstrous king salmon large enough to feed an army arrayed in a bed of ice in a nearby cooler.
The two-day festival included a fabric fair. Handmade carpets from the area were entered into a competition. The vocational training school displayed carpets, electrical models, furniture and other products made by the local students.
“The world’s favorite season is the spring. All things seem possible in May.” —Edwin Way Tale
In January 2018, Mohammed Ifteqaruddin visited Makka Mukrrama to perform Umrah. After Umrah, he met his two daughters, Aneesa and Ruqaiyah Iftekhar, along with his grandchildren and sons-in-law now working in Jeddah.
The festivities continued throughout the night. Young camels and sheep were slaughtered for the evening meal. The men gathered on mats around large trays of Kapsa, rice mixed with spices. Hot camel or mutton, with the bones, was placed on top of the rice. Each man would eat by dipping his right hand into the rice and meat.
How many of you readers can recognize the sound of a safety relief valve popping? Aramco annuitant Dr. Mohammed Ifteqaruddin, Badge Number 140948, can. For thirty-three years, Mohammed dedicated himself to issues relating to safety relief valves at facilities throughout the Kingdom...
One of the biggest hurdles of a Third Culture Kid is maintaining the friendships they formed while living outside their passport country as an expatriate or as a military child, where they spent a significant portion of their lives residing in a foreign country.
About 30 kilometers out of town, the camels had gathered from all over Northern Arabia ready for the 15 kilometer race across the desert. Ann Rhea wanted to go to the starting point so I drove her and her car to that location.
In July 2016, Laurene Ann Opdyke, wife of former Saudi Aramco pilot Richard Opdyke, passed away. While living in the Kingdom from 1980 to 1985 and again from 1997 to 2000, Laurene served as a nurse, dedicating herself to helping others. In loving memory, Richard established the Laurene Ann Opdyke Nursing Scholarship.