29th Saudi Aramco Annuitant’s Reunion

20 August 2014 | 0 comments | Annuitants | by

29th Saudi Aramco Annuitant’s Reunion
September 5-8, 2014
Omni Grove Park Inn

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Asheville, North Carolina – Here We Come!

September 5-8, 2014

Just a little over two weeks and our long-awaited Asheville “Hafla” will become a reality! There will be over 350 attendees, coming from Saudi Arabia, Canada, Holland, and 32 States. The Omni Grove Park Inn is ready for our big event!

This is the last newsletter from your hosts & co-hosts prior to the reunion. There are a few areas we would like to emphasize:

FIRST:  we need several more people to sign up for the Blue Ridge Parkway Tour in order for it to be a “go”. If you are interested in going, please email lindashearon@hotmail.com as soon as possible so we can let the tour company know. If there aren’t enough to fill the bus, we will have to cancel the tour.

Here is a synopsis of the Best of the Blue Ridge Parkway Tour:

  • Historical tour of Asheville
  • Travel the Blue Ridge Parkway to Visitor’s Center
  • Visit the Folk Art Center
  • Breath-taking views from the Pisgah Inn
  • Picnic lunch at Cradle of Forestry + Ranger Talk (new)
  • Looking Glass Falls for more photo opportunities
  • Date: Saturday, Sept. 6, 2014
  • Estimated time:  6 hours
  • Tour time: 9:00am – 3:00pm (approximately)
  • Cost: $99 per person

SECOND:  We would like to encourage more people sign up for the Yoga class(es).  Teal Chimblo Fyrberg  (daughter of Rick & Rianne Chimblo and also an Aramco Brat) has been teaching yoga for 15 years. She is offering two classes on Saturday and Sunday mornings of the reunion. Each class will be 1hr. 15 min. and the cost is $15 per person.  The first class will be from 8:30 – 9:45am and the second class will be from 10:00 – 11:15am. Take a look at her website:  www.blissfulbodyyoga.com to learn more about Teal and her passion for practicing yoga and meditation. Please email lindashearon@hotmail.com to indicate your interest in participating in this very therapeutic activity. You are encouraged to bring your own yoga mat; however, extra mats will be available.

THIRD:  The Spa Supervisor reports that appointments are filling up fast, so it would be wise to call the spa soon to book your appointment.  Call 1-828-252-2711, ext. 7727.

FOURTH:  Golf, Trolley Tours, Biltmore Tours, Blue Ridge Parkway Tour:
If you have signed up for any of these activities, please send your fee for your selected activity to Saudi Aramco Annuitants Reunion, P.O. Box 1527, Highlands, NC  28741.  Also, if you have not sent in your Registration Form + Payment, please do so now.

As requested, here is the recommended Dress Attire for the Evening Dinners:

Date Venue Dress
Friday Night Middle Eastern/Mediterranean Buffet
Ladies may wear their Middle Eastern dresses
Saturday Night ASC Gala Banquet Formal or Semi-Formal
Sunday Night North Carolina BBQ & Bluegrass Casual–jeans, boots & hats are acceptable

Directions from Asheville Airport to GPI :  (approximately 18 miles, one way, 25 minutes)

  1. Leave the terminal and turn left
  2. Cross the bridge and turn left onto I-26 West
  3. Take I-26 West to I-240 East
  4. Follow I-240 East to Exit 5B, Charlotte Street
  5. Turn left at the top of the Exit
  6. Go .7 miles on Charlotte Street
  7. Turn right onto Macon Avenue, travel approximately .8 miles
    The Omni Grove Park Inn is on the left

Parking:  Valet parking is $22/night with in/out privileges.  There are several self-parking areas on the grounds that are available for $15/night.

To access the Omni Grove Park Inn’s landing page for your Room Reservations:


For questions regarding the reunion, contact the Jim and Linda Shearon at lindashearon@hotmail.com or the Judy and Mike Butler at judithbb_98@yahoo.com. Click here to read additional information on the 29th Saudi Aramco Annuitant’s Reunion.

Energy Is Opportunity – Citizenship Report 2013

20 August 2014 | 0 comments | Saudi Aramco News | by

The Citizenship Report outlines some of the many ways in which Saudi Aramco is creating energy opportunities by giving back to the Saudi economy, supporting productive and resilient communities, expanding the Kingdom’s base of knowledge and expertise, and enhancing the environmental sustainability of our business while expanding into new energy markets.

This 2013 Citizenship Report is one half of a two-volume corporate report; the other volume is the 2013 Annual Review. Together, they represent our continued annual practice of reporting on our operational, organizational, social and environmental achievements and goals. Our reporting has been informed by internationally recognized guidelines developed by the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI), ISO 26000 and the International Petroleum Industry Environmental Conservation Association (IPIECA). These guidelines help us identify, structure, prioritize, evaluate, and present key issues that are relevant and meaningful to our stakeholders.

Click Here to Download 2013 Citizenship Report

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Baby Armeen Khan Celebrated Third Happy Birthday

19 August 2014 | 3 comments | Births & Birthdays, Pakistan | by


Baby Armeen Khan, daughter of Rauf Ahmed Khan/Sajda Khan and grand daughter of Mr. Shafiq Ahmed Khan celebrated her third Happy Birthday in Karachi, Pakistan with all her relatives on August 15, 2014. Armeen and her grandfather celebrate their birthdays on the same day as Shafiq Ahmed Khan and Armeen were born on August 15. This year Armeen is three years and Shafiq Ahmed Khan is 67 years old.


Mr. Shafiq Ahmed Khan is a permanent member and office holder of Saudi Aramco Ex-Employees Association (SAEEA). He is an ex-employee of Saudi Aramco with Badge No. 73789 retired on December 31, 2007 from Media Production and Operations Department after working for thirty years.

SAEEA wishes baby Armeen a bright future and Mr. Shafiq Ahmed Khan a long, healthy and prosperous life, Ameen.

Write to Shafiq Ahmed Khan for his birthday on shaahmd@yahoo.com


Stadiums Plan Presents Opportunities

17 August 2014 | 0 comments | Saudi Aramco News | by

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The Eastern Province Chamber of Commerce was packed with Saudi businessmen representing construction and engineering companies from across the country last week at a Saudi Aramco forum for discussion about the King Abd Allah Program for Constructing Major Stadiums in the Kingdom’s Provinces.

Abdulhakim al-Ammar, a member of the Eastern Province Chamber board and president of the Contracting Committee, spoke about the unique opportunity associated with the King’s program to construct 11 sport stadiums across the Kingdom. Al-Ammar emphasized the preparedness of the contracting sector, noting that these investment opportunities provide the local contracting sector a chance to prove its ability to train and hire Saudis for the completion of these projects.

Motaz al-Mashouk, general manager of Saudi Aramco Area Projects, thanked the Custodian of Two Holy Mosques, King Abdullah, for directing Saudi Aramco to execute the stadium construction program, which will contribute to the development of sport and youth sectors in the Kingdom.

He spoke about the success achieved by the company in developing the supply and contracting sector in the Kingdom, indicating that Saudi Aramco purchases awarded to suppliers in the domestic market last year reached more than 23 billion Saudi riyals. The value of the services contracts awarded to domestic companies has reached 92 percent of the total awarded company contracts.

“Saudi Aramco has tried through this Eastern Province Chamber-hosted meeting to formulate a common vision that establishes a real development of the private sector and allows it maximum possible participation in executing this gigantic program to provide the opportunities to the contracting, engineering and supply chain sectors to thrive and provide more than 10,000 training and employment opportunities for Saudi youths,” said Al-Mashouk.

He outlined the huge challenges of executing the construction program, scheduled to be completed in 2 years with the highest world specifications and standards.

Ibrahim Al-Jomiah, executive president of Al-Jomiah Companies Group, thanked Saudi Aramco for responding to the chamber’s invitation to meet with businessmen and contractors. “Saudi Aramco has provided the opportunity for everyone to participate,” he said.

Walid Al-Rumaih, manager of the Power Supply Company for Engineering Consultations, said such meetings are a connecting link between proponents and local contractors. “Saudi Aramco is always known for commitment to the highest specifications and standards, and contractors who deal with Saudi Aramco know this quite well,” said Al-Rumaih. “Anyone who wants to work with Saudi Aramco must rise to the level of these specifications and standards.”

iThra Knowledge Art Café Inspires Beauty

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Colors of joy and beautiful scents permeate the Art Café workshops, showcasing the drawings of visitors to the iThra Knowledge program in Riyadh. The month-long iThra Knowledge Exhibition, organized by Saudi Aramco at the Riyadh International Convention and Exhibition Center, was launched on the second day of ‘Id.

Visitors of all ages use their tools of choice to draw scenes born from their imagination and paint with all the colors of the spectrum in a new and creative way. The drawings are infused with breathtaking colors and speak of beauty ideals.

Innovative drawings are created in several areas inside the Art Café workshops, which encompass plastic arts, Arabic calligraphy, crafts, free and digital art, and origami.

Sahar Al-Hamud, supervisor of the section, said “The Art Café is all about artworks that speak the same language and represent all cultures. These works were brought together to be presented by the visitors and to the visitors in cheerful and creative colors. We derived our works and ideas from different cultures, mixing them with new and global ideas to offer both entertainment and benefit.”

She added that this section runs training workshops in many fields, including origami, the Japanese art of folding paper, drawing in water colors from Turkish civilization, drawing in the dark, sand drawing and other art forms.
The Art Café doors are open to people between the ages 5 to 23.