The Saudi Bisht – A Winter Wardrobe Winner

The Saudi Bisht – A Winter Wardrobe Winner

BY Brid Beeler / /

One of the lessons western expats learn quickly after arriving in Kingdom is just how bone-chilling cold it can get in the desert during the winter.  Arabs, of course, know all about those cold desert nights and have devised a clever garment called a bisht, which is the perfect thing for warding off the plummeting temperatures and wind chill on those frosty nights around the camp fire.

Dhahran Rugby Union Football Club (DRUFC): An Unofficial History 1973 to 1989 - Part 9

Dhahran Rugby Union Football Club (DRUFC): An Unofficial History 1973 to 1989 - Part 9

BY Richard Thom / /

I wrote a recollection after I left Saudi Arabia in 1980, and went on to Japan where I ended up playing second row for the Yokohama Country and Athletic Club (YCAC), a far cry from the wing position I played in Dhahran. Interestingly enough, Mike Galbraith, who wrote in Part 2, is the historian for YCAC. I have adapted my original ruminations for the purposes of this serialisation.

A Belfast Reunion

A Belfast Reunion

BY Aramco ExPats / /

Some 24 years later, eight ex-Aramcons and one much-needed friend from Bahrain happened to be on the same piece of land! We made full advantage of the fact by arranging a fabulous afternoon tea at the 5-star Merchant Hotel in Belfast. Stories were shared, memories revisited and a general disbelief at how quickly time had passed (and how silver some of our hair had turned!)

Dhahran Rugby Union Football Club (DRUFC): An Unofficial History 1973 to 1989 - Part 8

Dhahran Rugby Union Football Club (DRUFC): An Unofficial History 1973 to 1989 - Part 8

BY Richard Thom / /

All good things come to an end, and time was called in the late 1980s on the rugby-playing side of DRUFC. In 1985/6, we won our own 7’s Invitational, the Khobar 7’s, and the Plate in the Bahrain 15’s. However, the writing was on the wall, as Dean Culshaw (Deano) noted in his Chairman’s report for that season...

Remembering Tandoori House

Remembering Tandoori House

BY Anushka Bose / /

This past week, I have been feeling ever so nostalgic about one particular aspect of Dhahran—its Tandoori House-Olive Garden Restaurant. Housed under one roof, the unique fusion restaurant boasted a menu of Indian, Chinese, and Italian food. Oh, how I miss the food there!

New Year’s Reflections: Morals from The Alchemist

New Year’s Reflections: Morals from The Alchemist

BY Anushka Bose / /

The last two weeks before the year ended, I decided to revisit and read a book that I hold near and dear to my heart, a story whose theme resonates with my personal journey as well as the collective journey of Expats in the Middle East (and beyond).

A Look Back At Our Favorite 2022 Highlights & Notices

A Look Back At Our Favorite 2022 Highlights & Notices

BY Aramco ExPats / /

Did you ever imagine it would be so invigorating to see your Aramco friends again? 2022 was chock full of good times. Aramcons gathered from all over to take part in reunions and special occasions, eager to reconnect with old friends and create new memories. Our coverage of the events was among our readers' favorites and reflecting back on the year's highlights shows us what an incredible year we had in 2022. 

Dhahran Rugby Union Football Club (DRUFC): An Unofficial History 1973 to 1989 - Part 6

Dhahran Rugby Union Football Club (DRUFC): An Unofficial History 1973 to 1989 - Part 6

BY Richard Thom / /

Every club has a constitution, officials, and supporters and Dharan Rugby Union Football Club was no exception. Its first constitution established the Club in 1973/74, but a new one was adopted in 1976/77 when DRUFC became an Aramco self-directed AEA Group. Strip worn by the players went through a similar process.

The Dallah: A Doorway to Saudi Hospitality

The Dallah: A Doorway to Saudi Hospitality

BY Brid Beeler / /

Can there be a better symbol of Saudi culture and hospitality than the ubiquitous Arabic coffee pot, the dallah? I don’t think so. Dallahs made of brass are tinned inside and found throughout the Arab world and in every souq in Saudi Arabia.

Dhahran Rugby Union Football Club (DRUFC): An Unofficial History 1973 to 1989 - Part 5

Dhahran Rugby Union Football Club (DRUFC): An Unofficial History 1973 to 1989 - Part 5

BY Richard Thom / /

It is only when you travel a lot that you realise how small the world is, and when Martin moved to live and work on the Dhahran air base for British Aircraft Corporation (BAC, later to become BAE) in the English Language Wing, he did not at first think there was any likelihood of a sporting and social side to life in Saudi. That was until he caught sight of Bill Flynn (Part 4) driving to the base from Al-Khobar town. They had known each other in Uganda.

Antarctica: A Voyage to the Bottom of the World

Antarctica: A Voyage to the Bottom of the World

BY Stuart Crocker / /

With the northern hemisphere shivering in the wintry February weather, what could be more appealing than to travel eight thousand miles from Europe to shiver in an Antarctic summer? This is what we decided to do in February 2022.

Saudi Arabia to Ireland by Land Rover in 1997: England - Part XIV

Saudi Arabia to Ireland by Land Rover in 1997: England - Part XIV

BY Ian Conlin / /

After the two-hour delay in exiting the train, we leave Folkstone on the M20 motorway to London. As both we and the Discovery Land Rover need fuel, we pull into a motorway service area and grab a meal at a very busy ‘Little Chief’ motorway restaurant. The Discovery gets filled up with forty-eight liters of diesel at a cost of 32 pounds.

2022 Dhahran Chess Club AGM and Dinner

2022 Dhahran Chess Club AGM and Dinner

BY Alan Breacher / /

The Dhahran Chess Club’s 2022 Annual General Meeting and Dinner event was held recently at Salat Al-Khalij in Aramco’s Dhahran community. The occasion celebrated the club’s 50th year of service to the community and members’ recent achievements. The full room of club members and their families was testament to the club’s resilience over recent years, and especially during the COVID-19 pandemic, ably and enthusiastically curated by the club’s Board members.

8th UK Aramcons Reunion

8th UK Aramcons Reunion

BY Aramco ExPats / /

The 8th UK Aramcons Reunion will be held on June 8th-11th, 2023 at Leonardo Royal Hotel Southampton Grand Harbour.

Saudi Arabia to Ireland by Land Rover in 1997: Through France to Switzerland - Part XIII

Saudi Arabia to Ireland by Land Rover in 1997: Through France to Switzerland - Part XIII

BY Ian Conlin / /

In France, we are now on the E-25/N-205 to Les-Houches. We stop just across the border for lunch at a trucker café serving great, simple food with as much bread as you can eat and as much wine as you can drink included in the base price. Full and slightly drunk, we fill the Disco (Land Rover Discovery) with diesel and take the toll road, A-40/E-25 towards Geneva.