Sweet Tea: Vignette from '3,001 Arabian Days'

Sweet Tea: Vignette from '3,001 Arabian Days'

BY Rick Snedeker / /

When expatriates describe their experiences to the less traveled, it often starts with food. In Saudi Arabia, because the traditional cuisine is so minimalist — spare, unpretentious fare derived mainly from ancient nomadic bedouin culinary habits — only two items come quickly to mind: kabsah and sweet tea.

A Desert Trek to Thaj

A Desert Trek to Thaj

BY The Arabian Sun / /

Quriyan M. Al Hajri’s knowledge of the desert is legendary. So, when the retired Aramco well sites supervisor invited me to join him for a five-day, 120-kilometer desert trek from his home near Ain Dar up to his birthplace near the historic village of Thaj, I was intrigued.

The Green Hearts Meet in Hyderabad, India

The Green Hearts Meet in Hyderabad, India

BY Mohammed Ifteqaruddin / /

"This is the power of gathering: it inspires us, delightfully, to be more hopeful, more joyful, more thoughtful: in a word, more alive." ~ Alice Waters. Syed Abdul Qader, Badge #142674, invited a few old friends for lunch. We gathered at his residence.

Dancing at the Camel Races

Dancing at the Camel Races

BY Brid Beeler / /

The annual Al Janandriyah camel festival had been held near Riyadh since 1985 but we never knew exactly when. Every spring, we waited in anticipation for rumors of when the races would run and more importantly what day in the two-week festival would be allocated for expat families to attend. That was the tricky bit.

Aramco Celebrates 64 Years on the Air

Aramco Celebrates 64 Years on the Air

BY The Arabian Sun / /

If you turn on the radio anywhere in the Eastern Region of Saudi Arabia, you’ll probably stumble upon the latest Billboard hits on Studio 1 FM, or an intriguing new beat on the World Music Show on Studio 2 FM.

Tangy Green Beans: The Abqaiq Cookbook - 1973

Tangy Green Beans: The Abqaiq Cookbook - 1973

BY The Abqaiq Cookbook - 1973 / /

Heat the mustard, sugar, butter and salt slowly, stirring constantly. Add the lemon juice and vinegar. Pour over beans and heat thoroughly.

AramcoWorld Reading Selections - February 17, 2021

AramcoWorld Reading Selections - February 17, 2021

BY AramcoWorld / /

In a small shop in Casablanca in 2013, Jannis Stürtz dropped a needle on a vintage vinyl recording of Fadoul, one of Morocco’s most-popular musicians of the 1970s. What he heard next was “a mighty voice and a raw sound” that Stürtz, a Berlin-based DJ and music producer, found “enormously inspiring.”

Coming Up for Air in Yanbu' - Pearl of the Red Sea

Coming Up for Air in Yanbu' - Pearl of the Red Sea

BY The Arabian Sun / /

Yanbu’ is a pleasant coastal city, which is growing as a tourist destination. Many take advantage of its warm climate, enjoying diving and snorkelling in the Red Sea. The rich seabed and white sandy beaches attract people from all over the country.

Al-Balad – the Jewel of Jeddah

Al-Balad – the Jewel of Jeddah

BY Mark Lowey / /

I have twice had the pleasure of visiting Jeddah, on the west coast of Saudi Arabia. The first was a scuba diving trip with two work mates in 2007, and, again nine years later, with my wife, Ann, shortly before retiring from Aramco in 2016.

4491-B: Vignette from '3,001 Arabian Days'

4491-B: Vignette from '3,001 Arabian Days'

BY Rick Snedeker / /

4491-B. Our house. Ours was one among 12 identical and nondescript single-story dwellings in two linear strings of six duplexes each directly facing each other in our immediate neighborhood, like opposing armies in a battlefield diagram.

Saudi Aramco Journal of Technology – Winter 2020

Saudi Aramco Journal of Technology – Winter 2020

BY Saudi Aramco News / /

The Saudi Aramco Journal of Technology is published quarterly by the Saudi Arabian Oil Company, Dhahran, Saudi Arabia, to provide the company’s scientific and engineering communities a forum for the exchange of ideas through the presentation of technical information aimed at advancing knowledge in the hydrocarbon industry.

Sweet and Sour Mushrooms: The Abqaiq Cookbook - 1973

Sweet and Sour Mushrooms: The Abqaiq Cookbook - 1973

BY The Abqaiq Cookbook - 1973 / /

Wash mushrooms and simmer in water, 1 teaspoon salt and pickling spice for 15 minutes. Drain; reserve liquid. Mix vinegar, remaining salt, white pepper, catsup, sugar, cornstarch and 1 cup mushroom liquid until well dissolved.

Aramco Americas Brings Game Changing High-tech Library to Houston

Aramco Americas Brings Game Changing High-tech Library to Houston

BY The Arabian Sun / /

Aramco Americas’ collaboration with the City of Houston made possible the first new construction of a high-tech library concept, called TECHLink, in the city’s north side neighborhood of Trinity Gardens. Officially named “TECHLink Dixon,” and powered by Aramco...

New ‘Udhailiyah Mall a Shopper’s Delight

New ‘Udhailiyah Mall a Shopper’s Delight

BY The Arabian Sun / /

The remote Aramco community of ‘Udhailiyah is celebrating the expansion of its shopping center. The Hajar Mall was refurbished over three months to make it a hub for shopping, leisure, and socializing, according to Mohammed M. Al Khamsan, administrator for ’Udhailiyah’s Community Services.

World-class Aramco Researcher Wins Top International Engineering Award

World-class Aramco Researcher Wins Top International Engineering Award

BY The Arabian Sun / /

Amer A. Amer, chief technologist in the Transport Technologies R&D Division of the Research and Development Center (R&DC), has been recognized as a global leader in engine and fuel research and innovation by the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE).

Congratulations to Surgeon Mohammed Yousuf Shaikh

Congratulations to Surgeon Mohammed Yousuf Shaikh

BY Engr. Iqbal Ahmed Khan / /

Surgeon Mohammed Yousuf Shaikh is the son of Manzoor Ahmed Shaikh, a former employee of the Saudi Aramco medical organization, and a permanent and active SAEEA member.

Remembering the New Year at the Ras Tanura Beach

Remembering the New Year at the Ras Tanura Beach

BY Anushka Bose / /

As I was going through photos on my phone, I came across pictures I took on January 1st, 2017, at the Ras Tanura Beach. A smile appeared on my face, and my nostalgia took me back to that winter breeze in Ras Tanura. After spending NYE in Bahrain, my family decided to spend a quiet afternoon at the Ras Tanura beach.