Ski Half Moon

Ski Half Moon

BY Tim Barger / /

By the early 1950s, the extravagant waterskiing shows at places like Cypress Gardens in Florida had ignited a rage for waterskiing that swept the nation.

The Seven Wonders of Arabia, Part III: Electrifying History at ad-Dir’iyah

The Seven Wonders of Arabia, Part III: Electrifying History at ad-Dir’iyah

BY Aramco ExPats / /

The Saud dynasty and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia claim as their common birthplace ad-Dir’iyah, the sprawling fortified complex of mud brick/adobe mosques, palaces, battlements, and various other clay-colored structures located 12 miles (20 kilometers) west of Riyadh...

Saudi Arabia to Start First Phase of Neom Project

Saudi Arabia to Start First Phase of Neom Project

BY Arab News / /

Saudi Arabia announced on Wednesday that it will start developing the first urban area of NEOM, the Kingdom’s planned $500 billion mega-city. The founding board, chaired by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, approved the masterplan concept for NEOM Bay, which will include homes, lifestyle and tourist facilities, and “innovation centers.”

2018 Year in Review

2018 Year in Review

BY Aramco ExPats / /

And just like that, it's 2019! Take a look back at 2018's highlights and the community's favorite photos, articles and celebrations. Thanks to all our readers, contributors, and sponsors for another great year.

AramcoExPats Salutes Barbara Wilder, a Caring Health Professional

AramcoExPats Salutes Barbara Wilder, a Caring Health Professional

BY Aramco ExPats / /

A person’s health is the starting point to enjoying life to the fullest and achieving one’s goals, both personal and professional. Aramco has long been aware of this basic tenet, as witnessed to by the extensive health care programs it has established for its employees.

Christmas in Khobar - Part 2

Christmas in Khobar - Part 2

BY Tim Barger / /

In Part One, eight-year-old Tim has set out on Christmas Eve morning to buy Christmas presents for his family at Aramco's canteen which is situated in a green portable next to the mail center.

Saudi Aramco Expatriate Schools Request Submissions for 75th Anniversary

Saudi Aramco Expatriate Schools Request Submissions for 75th Anniversary

BY Aramco ExPats / /

If you are a student, staff or parent of Saudi Aramco Expatriate Schools (formerly known as Saudi Aramco School), we invite you to share a few specific memories, photos or videos, and a brief description. The themes for the anniversary are Community, Diversity, Service, and Excellence.

Christmas in Khobar - Part 1

Christmas in Khobar - Part 1

BY Tim Barger / /

I’m about eight and have ten riyals to buy Christmas presents for my family. No problem. 

Like Mother, Like Daughter

Like Mother, Like Daughter

BY Aramco ExPats / /

In February of last year, AramcoExPats featured one of the most enthusiastic annuitants we’ve had the honor of writing about in our 16 years of publishing, Greek-born Iro Smith. Iro’s great Arabian adventure began in 1982 when she and her husband Ron, a civil engineer...

R.I.P. to a Great American Hero

R.I.P. to a Great American Hero

BY Aramco ExPats / /

Aramcons the world over were greatly saddened this past week by the news of the passing of the 41st President of the United States, George H. W. Bush, at the age of 94. Those of us who were living and working in Saudi Arabia at the time remember with deep appreciation the dramatic and decisive steps President Bush took in 1990–91 during the First Gulf War as leader of the coalition that drove the forces of Saddam Hussein out of Kuwait and ended a dire existential threat to the Kingdom itself.

Martin MacIntyre: A Story with Teeth

Martin MacIntyre: A Story with Teeth

BY Aramco ExPats / /

Through the years, Aramco has valued and supported the people in its service less like employees and more like cherished members of an extended family. Witness the extraordinary health care services they long have offered ExPats and their families, delivered by world-class...

The Seven Wonders of Arabia, Part I: Madâin Sâlih

The Seven Wonders of Arabia, Part I: Madâin Sâlih

BY Aramco ExPats / /

Not long ago, when we mentioned to an annuitant who’d lived in the Kingdom for close to 30 years that AramcoExPats was planning a series of articles on “The Seven Wonders of Arabia,” she asked the inevitable question most Americans seem pre-programmed to ask in such situations...

Close Call at Jabal Shamaal - Part 2

Close Call at Jabal Shamaal - Part 2

BY Tim Barger / /

In Part One we made camp at the top of Jebel Shamaal and then descended to the mountain’s base to plink bottles and rusty cans in the desert. On the way back up the hill to camp, a classic pellet gun war erupted with the usual disastrous results that your mother always warned you about.

Rick Snedeker Shares His Memories of Arabia

Rick Snedeker Shares His Memories of Arabia

BY Aramco ExPats / /

With his recently-published set of colorful recollections, “3,001 Arabian Days: Growing up in an American oil camp in Saudi Arabia (1953-1962), A Memoir,” Aramco Brat and annuitant Rick Snedeker (Badge Number 199932) joins a distinguished list of Aramcons who have captured...

Driving Riyadh - King of the Wadi

Driving Riyadh - King of the Wadi

BY Tim Barger / /

Hamud finished his pitch, and I was about to take the jeep for a spin when the call to evening prayer sounded and the din of the arena began to settle. I pulled out a thousand riyals deposit and said I’d return tomorrow with a friend to check out the mechanicals and close the deal

UNESCO Recognizes Wonders of Arabia

UNESCO Recognizes Wonders of Arabia

BY Aramco ExPats / /

Two weeks ago, an Aramco ExPats feature on Petra noted that the ancient capital of the Nabataean Empire has been named one of the “new” Seven Wonders of the World. Other countries in the Middle East, not just Jordan with Petra, are awash with stunning historical attractions...

The Camel: A Mighty Force in History

The Camel: A Mighty Force in History

BY Aramco ExPats / /

“Do they not look at the camels, how they are made?” [Al-Qur’an 88:17] The horse, the cow, and the camel are the three most important animals in the history of the world. Without any one of them, the story of humankind would have to be rewritten. Without the camel, the story of Islam...

SAES - 75th Anniversary

SAES - 75th Anniversary

BY Aramco ExPats / /

Saudi Aramco Expatriate Schools received more than six-hundred responses to a survey sent to alumni earlier this year. Inspired by the feedback and nostalgic stories we have decided to reach out to you again!

Driving Riyadh - The Beast

Driving Riyadh - The Beast

BY Tim Barger / /

There were a lot of pick-up trucks available, though the Japanese models were too compact for me, and I wanted a back seat. The vehicles most closely to what we now call a SUV were the Chevy Blazer and the Toyota Land Cruiser, but they were new and pricey.