Saudi Crown Prince Launches ‘Soudah Peaks’ Masterplan

Saudi Crown Prince Launches ‘Soudah Peaks’ Masterplan

BY Arab News / /

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has launched the masterplan to develop a new project in the mountainous region of Soudah to present a new face of luxury mountain tourism. The project called “Soudah Peaks” will see a luxury mountain tourism destination set 3,015 meters being created above sea level on Saudi Arabia's highest peak.

Iro Smith Featured in Book "Greek Women of the World"

Iro Smith Featured in Book "Greek Women of the World"

BY Aramco ExPats / /

Former Aramcon Iro Smith was chosen and included in the book by Mary Rissaki, Greek Women of the World, which features 151 successful Greek women who thrive outside and inside Greece. As the writer is a Greek Canadian author and independent publisher from the island of Crete..

Tales of the Bedouin – Part XXXII: Aramco Helicopter Ride 1979, Tom Swords, Part 2

Tales of the Bedouin – Part XXXII: Aramco Helicopter Ride 1979, Tom Swords, Part 2

BY Mark Lowey / /

Part 1 of this story describes the helicopter ride with Aramco employee Tom Swords and concludes with a shout out to Tom, his whereabouts and fate unknown. Shortly after the publication of Part 1 in the Aramco Expats Highlights, Kelly Swords, Tom’s daughter, saw the article and wrote to Tom and her mother, Jo, in their family’s group text.

Creative Planning / Reilly Financial Advisors is Coming to KSA Next Month!

Creative Planning / Reilly Financial Advisors is Coming to KSA Next Month!

BY Reilly Financial Advisors / /

We are very pleased to let you know that Gabrielle Reilly, the third generation in her family, will be visiting Dhahran from October 12th – 21st, 2023. Gabrielle is a Partner and Managing Director at Creative Planning, formerly Reilly Financial Advisors and will be visiting to meet with her extensive Aramco clients and prospects.

Dhahran Teen Canteen - 'Thanks for your Efforts'

Dhahran Teen Canteen - 'Thanks for your Efforts'

BY Aramco ExPats / /

With the help of our community, we have successfully named all individuals in this photo of the Dhahran Teen Canteen Committee that appeared in the May 1971 Arabian Sun. Marion Slettengren was the last person to be named.

Life in Liminality — A Familiar State of Being for Expats

Life in Liminality — A Familiar State of Being for Expats

BY Anushka Bose / /

A state of being that is all too familiar to expats around the world is living amidst transitions. Life goes on while there are unpacked boxes in your living room, and the chair you were assembling is sitting half-done in front of you while you stare at it, drinking coffee in the morning, planning when you will get around to finishing it.

Remember Manwich?

Remember Manwich?

BY Fred Bobb / /

Aramco would bring Manwich in by the cases to the four district commissaries, and they could never keep it in stock. It was a huge bestseller in the '60s and '70s. At times, they would even have a limit on how many cans you could buy at one time on your badge number.

Jimmy Abdul McGregor and Other Stories: Tales From the Yemen

Jimmy Abdul McGregor and Other Stories: Tales From the Yemen

BY Richard Thom / /

September 1978, 45 years ago. Six of us were working for Aramco in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia, and had a five-day Eid holiday ahead of us. We were at a loss as to where to go - then someone had the idea of visiting the Yemen!

Desert Designs Co-Founder ‘Happy and Sad' as Iconic Store Closes

Desert Designs Co-Founder ‘Happy and Sad' as Iconic Store Closes

BY Art Clark / /

Qamar (“Kim”) Ahmed is a lucky lady, even though she recently lost one of the loves of her life. Desert Designs, which she founded in al-Khobar with her husband, Farid Bukhari, in 1990 to preserve, “recycle and cycle” Saudi Arabia’s unique heritage crafts, closed July 31...

Asheville Habitat Volunteers Win Statewide Award

Asheville Habitat Volunteers Win Statewide Award

BY Asheville Area Habitat for Humanity / /

Volunteer duo Tricia and Charlie Franck of Weaverville, NC were recently recognized for their extensive commitment to volunteer service with Asheville Area Habitat for Humanity. At the August 15th Buncombe County Board of Commissioners Meeting, the Francks received the Governor’s Medallion Award for Volunteer Service.

Katie Jo Dahlseide and Lucas James Jensen Wed

Katie Jo Dahlseide and Lucas James Jensen Wed

BY Aramco ExPats / /

Blaine and Carol Dahlseide (Dhahran 1998-2016, Finance Department) would like to announce the marriage of their daughter, Katie Jo Dahlseide, to Lucas James Jensen, on June 2, 2023 in Bozeman, Montana. Katie is an oncology nurse and Lucas works in international relations. The couple will reside in Atlanta, Georgia.

The Arabian Art of Henna

The Arabian Art of Henna

BY Brid Beeler / /

When I was a child, it seemed nobody had a tattoo except Popeye the sailor, and possibly real sailors too. Strange as it would have seemed to my younger self, tattoos and body art have been part of society since Neolithic times. Today, approximately 40% of the world’s population have tattoos or some other form of body art.

Malls in the Middle East: A Hallmark of Experiencing the Region

Malls in the Middle East: A Hallmark of Experiencing the Region

BY Anushka Bose / /

Anyone and everyone who has lived or been to the Middle East knows that malls are a large part of the social life in the region. The reasons may be multifold, but the simplest reason holds the truth that it is so incredibly hot outside a good chunk of the year, that you have no choice but to seek an indoor playground!

Kohl Containers – Unique Treasures of Arabia

Kohl Containers – Unique Treasures of Arabia

BY Brid Beeler / /

You’ve seen the scene a dozen times in movies, from The Thief of Bagdad to Lawrence of Arabia. The camera zooms to the weathered face of the Arab hero and his fierce, penetrating eyes, which have been made even more mysterious by being heavily outlined with black kohl. You have to admit…

A Day Out In Dhahran

A Day Out In Dhahran

BY Aramco ExPats / /

This article was originally published in 2003. We're curious to know what has changed over the past 20 years. Please share your insight by leaving a comment in the comments section. Do you spend whole days in the house? Do you feel cabin fever taking hold? Then take a day trip out around Dhahran – you may be surprised at what you find.

Reflecting on My 2018 Summer Trip to Dubai

Reflecting on My 2018 Summer Trip to Dubai

BY Anushka Bose / /

The summer of 2018 was an incredibly joyous few months with my parents in Dhahran. One of the highlights of that summer was our trip to Dubai in the UAE. Although we had been there before, this trip was signified by our stay at the Atlantis Hotel...

DOG Tracks: Welcome to the Wonderful World of Travel

DOG Tracks: Welcome to the Wonderful World of Travel

BY Aramco ExPats / /

Do you recall DOG TRACKS, the magazine published by the Dhahran Outing Group with editor Larry Gomoll at the helm? We've unearthed the November 1988 edition, a whopping 58 pages of travel-related content selected exclusively for the reading pleasure of DOGS members. 

A Look Back at the Memory Lane Collection

A Look Back at the Memory Lane Collection

BY Aramco ExPats / /

In this Memory Lane collection, explore highlights from archived editions of The Arabian Sun and Arabian Sun and Flare, marking the progression of Aramco through the ages. For example, here is an excerpt from 1971... "When your 4-year-old neighbor affects a deep voice and growls, "Cookie,"...

In Search of the Name of a Flower

In Search of the Name of a Flower

BY Aramco ExPats / /

A recent inquiry has attracted the interest of many readers and we've received a number of suggestions in response. If you were among those who were transported back to Abqaiq sifting through your memory for the name of a sweet-smelling, night-blooming, white-blossomed flower, we are happy to share our findings with you.