See what made this year an amazing one for Aramco ExPats and the community.
Our Favorite Photos
The community contributed 656 photos. Our top 3 favorite photos:
Our Favorite Articles
The community contributed 416 articles. Our top 3 favorite articles:
"It was the summer of 1964. Smith and I were 17, working as apprentice divers for the freshly established Al Gossaibi Diving Services, the brain child of the legendary Dee McVey. Dee had been the lead diver and manager of undersea operations for all of Bechtel’s offshore projects since the mid-fifties. When Bechtel finished up, Dee recognized a great business opportunity and set up the first Saudi commercial diving operation in the Gulf with his partner Mohammed Al-Gosaibi."
"Scud Kids remember growing up in a little town on the edge of a desert beside the sea with cookie-cutter houses and friends who became family. We remember the Gulf War when we carried gas masks to school and hid beneath our desks while air raid sirens wailed overhead. We remember the taste of our favorite MRE’s and some of us still have drawstring camo hats hanging in our closets. Scud Kids will always remember that war could light up the night sky with flashes so bright they drowned out the stars."
"Lebanon has never been my home for longer than a few weeks on vacation, but it is where my parents and family are from. It is my home and native country. A country of about 4 million people in an area of 10,452 sq kms. Lebanon’s history has included Romans, Phoenicians, Ottomans, and a Civil War. The most important features of Lebanon for me are the 3 languages most Lebanese speak (almost every spoken sentence includes Arabic, French, and English words), Beirut's once-nickname as the Paris of the Middle East, the many religious sects, and the undeniable joie de vivre of the Lebanese people."
Our Community Grew
We offer several ways to stay connected to our growing community.
- e-Newsletter - We have sent out over 131,000 e-mail campaigns.
- Facebook - We have 328,138 people engaged on Facebook with 11,175 Likes.
- Twitter - We have 7,656 Twitter followers.
- LinkedIn - We have 2,309 members and 6,007 following us on LinkedIn
- Travel Club - We have 98 Travel Club members.
Map Around the World
Currently, 520 fellow Aramcons have shared their location on ZeeMaps, a feature where you can visually see where your friends are hanging out these days. Now you have a way to find out, and to let them know what neck of the woods you call home today.
Event of the Year
The 2016 Aramco Hafla Annuitants Reunion in Monterey, California was attended by 270 Aramcons.
Our Greatest Accomplishment
We Thank You
Our team would like to thank you for your continued support and for your article and photo contributions.