Bahrain flight schedules, famous astronauts, world-renown, and key leadership announcements are among those things highlighted in this week’s edition of Memory Lane.

Memory Lane: From Muharraq to Makkah to The Stars Above

Catching the daily flight to Bahrain, traveling to Makkah with the Oil Exhibit, hosting a pioneering astronaut, earning global recognition, and the appointment of three new senior vice presidents are highlighted in this week's look back.

Dec. 13, 1950

Daily Dhahran-Bahrain Flight Schedule: Depart from Dhahran Airport (8:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.); Depart from Bahrain (Muharraq) (9 a.m. and 2 p.m.) Buses for flights from Dhahran will depart for the Senior Staff Passport Office approximately one-half hour prior to Flight Departure Time. Reservations for all trips to Bahrein must be made with the Travel and Passport Units at least 48 hours prior to the day of departure from Dhahran.

Dec. 15, 1965

Aramco's Mobile Oil Exhibit last week opened a three-week stay in Makkah, where visitors during the first 24 hours numbered over 7,000 persons. A delegation of 38 Aramcons, most from the Hejaz area, traveled to the Holy City to attend the opening ceremonies. Guest of honor was the Deputy Amir of Mecca, Ibrahim ibn Ibrahim, who cut the ribbon to officially open the three-wing exhibit.

Dec. 18, 1985

HH Amir Sultan ibn Salman ibn 'Abd al-'Aziz, hailed everywhere in Saudi Arabia as "the first Arab Muslim astronaut," and his colleagues from last June's "Discovery" space mission called at Aramco Sunday morning on the last day of their whirlwind tour of the Kingdom. "It could be said that you in space exploration and we at Aramco work in opposite directions," said Aramco president Ali I. Naimi. "You probe the heavens while we delve beneath the Earth's surface. Yet, our endeavors are linked in significant ways.

Dec. 21, 2005

For the 17th year in a row, Saudi Aramco has been named the No. 1 oil company in the world by the energy trade journal Petroleum Intelligence Weekly. "Saudi Aramco's latest No. 1 ranking among the world's oil companies underscores the continuing top priority the company assigns to reliability in everything we do, year in, year out," said Mustafa A. Jalali, vice president of Saudi Aramco Affairs in Dhahran. "Reliability is especially crucial with rising global demand. Saudi Aramco is doing everything possible to meet that demand."

Dec. 23, 2015

Saudi Aramco's Board of Directors met in Dhahran last week and addressed a very full agenda of items, including the company's 2016-2020 business plan, as well as the operating budget for 2016. The Board received updates on a number of pending transactions, initiatives, and projects. In addition, the appoint of three new senior vice presidents was approved: Mohammed Y. Al Qahtani of Upstream; Ahmad A. Al Sa'adi of Technical Services; and Muhammad M. Al Saggaf of Operations and Business Services.

— The Arabian Sun: December 17, 2020