Tim Barger Publishes "Dhahran Fables: Fiesta Room Tales"

BY Tim Barger / /

In the late 1940s and early 1950s Dhahran, Saudi Arabia was a bare bones oil town in the middle of nothing but desert, a very different place then the Dhahran of today. There were no trees or lawns, no radio or television, and few amenities beyond the recreation center.

Ricky’s Trike - A Trip to the Philippines Sparks Generosity in Udhailiyah

Ricky’s Trike - A Trip to the Philippines Sparks Generosity in Udhailiyah

BY Kirk K. Peterson / /

Mr. Kirk Peterson has been teaching at Udhailiyah School for the past 10 years. He had the opportunity to travel to the Philippines this past December during the winter break. He worked in the Philippines for two years in the mid-1970’s when he was 19 years old.

Voices: Frank Reilly, On Advising People Abroad

BY Reilly Financial Advisors / /

Frank Reilly is president of Reilly Financial Advisors, a La Mesa, Calif.-based investment-adviser firm. I work in a family business with my father, who started advising clients abroad thirty-seven years ago when his neighbors moved to the Middle East to work as schoolteachers.

Introducing the Aramco ExPats Speakers Bureau

Introducing the Aramco ExPats Speakers Bureau

BY Aramco ExPats / /

Following the relaunch of Aramco ExPats, you might have noticed a new feature on our homepage. The Speakers Bureau is an educational resource that will allow Aramcons to share information about the rich history, culture, and industry of Saudi Arabia with their communities at home.

Hot Springs Village UUVC Explores the Middle East

BY Aramco ExPats / /

On Sunday, July 10, 2011, members of the Unitarian/Universalist Church of Hot Springs Village, Arkansas presented a program discussing the history, geography, religion, and politics of the Middle East.

Saudi Arabia Was Home to Katie Kennedy Dewey

BY Aramco ExPats / /

I first arrived in Saudi Arabia in 1946 with my parents, Gerry and Dolores Kennedy (Badge #125), and two siblings, Mollie and Terry. I was one of the 13 kids in Ras Tanura who opened the school in 1946 in the old Mess Hall with Mr. Sam Whipple as teacher and principal.

Square Dancing in Dhahran

BY Aramco ExPats / /

In 1983, I went on a weekend trip with the Jeddah Square Dance Club, "The Red Sea Squares," to Dhahran to attend a hoedown.

Explore Oman with NCUSAR

BY Aramco ExPats / /

For the past nine years, the National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations, in conjunction with the Joseph J. Malone Fellowship in Arab and Islamic Studies, has offered American professionals in academia, government, the military, non-governmental organizations, business, religious institutions, the media, civic associations, the fine arts, humanities, and the social sciences a chance to explore Oman.

In Search of Family History

In Search of Family History

BY Aramco ExPats / /

More than ever before, people today are taking a keen interest in their families, going back generations. Witness the phenomenal popularity and growth of genealogy. Aramcons are not immune from the family history bug. Being that every Aramcon annuitant is part of a giant extended family with branches around the world, the search for information on one’s forebears can produce rich results.

Ben Mayeri: Metalsmith of Isfahan

Ben Mayeri: Metalsmith of Isfahan

BY Aramco ExPats / /

Many Aramcons may be familiar with Ben Mayeri of Isfahan, Iran, one of the greatest metalsmiths of modern times. He was featured in National Geographic. In fact, oil rig operators used to have their hard hats engraved by this master craftsmen.

The History of Reilly Financial Advisors and Aramco

BY Reilly Financial Advisors / /

Reilly Financial Advisors (RFA) is the only U.S. wealth management firm dedicated to serving the needs of the American expatriate community of Aramco. As CEO, Don Reilly's son, Frank, prepares to assume more comprehensive leadership of the firm. We asked Don to reminisce about his more than a third of a century of service.

Greetings from Reilly Financial Advisors!

BY Reilly Financial Advisors / /

Greetings! Having just returned from the recent Aramco Expatriate Reunion in Orlando, Florida, we wanted to just say how lovely it was to see many of you!

To All Orlando Hafla 2010 Attendees (1)

To All Orlando Hafla 2010 Attendees (1)

BY Aramco ExPats / /

To all Orlando Hafla 2010 Attendees: First of all let me thank you from the bottom of my heart for coming to the Reunion. You all made it happen, you all contributed to its success. The committee chairs, the committee members were fantastic; you all did such a marvelous job, that I just wasn't needed.

2010 Annuitants Reunion Sidelines Suq

BY Aramco ExPats / /

At Aramco Annuitant Reunions, there's rarely a moment of boredom. In between athletic tournaments, sociable card games, and delightful meals for mingling with old friends, you always have someone new to meet and something exciting to see at the Sidelines Suq. The Suq at the 2010 Annuitants Reunion in Orlando, Florida was no exception.

Sock It To 'Em 2009 in Udhailiyah

Sock It To 'Em 2009 in Udhailiyah

BY Kirk K. Peterson / /

On a bright, early Thursday morning in November 2009, seven library students joined me in passing out 225 gift packages containing a couple pairs of work socks or a winter cap to the contract workers of Udhailiyah.

Three Cups of Tea in Udhailiyah

Three Cups of Tea in Udhailiyah

BY Kirk K. Peterson / /

Inspired by Greg Mortenson’s book Three Cups of Tea, a beautiful PowerPoint lesson was created to share this story with students from kindergarten through 9th grade during library lessons. The book talk was a huge success, filling the school with a positive energy resulting from the presentation.

A Look Back at the Dhahran Clippers

BY Aramco ExPats / /

In the early 80s, employees in the Offshore Projects Department at Saudi Aramco formed a softball team called the Offshore Trash. The team played together for several years, having very good success in the local Aramco league.