And Then There Were Seven - 1967

And Then There Were Seven - 1967

BY The Arabian Sun / /

From the June 7, 1967 edition of the Sun and Flare. May 24, 1952, witnessed the departure, via the old Aramco "Camel," of some 17 new employees for the three-day flight to Dhahran. Last Wednesday, the "survivors" of that group gathered at the home of R.L. Hatchers to celebrate their 15th anniversary.

AramcoWorld Reading Selections -  June 07, 2023

AramcoWorld Reading Selections - June 07, 2023

BY AramcoWorld / /

Reaching out to new generations and global audiences, musicians in India’s northwest state of Rajasthan draw on centuries of traditions that, to an untrained ear, may sound like Indian classical music. But what sets them apart are the regional stories they tell and the tone and power of the singers.

The Beauty of Flowers in a Desert

The Beauty of Flowers in a Desert

BY Anushka Bose / /

Flowers, and nature at large, hold the ability to evoke many emotions in us. The saturation and vibrancy of its colors can produce a healing effect on the mind. Life in Dhahran was bright — quite literally, and herein lies the biggest contradiction.

From Max to Manifa: Aramco Celebrates Decades of Remarkable and Sustained Production

From Max to Manifa: Aramco Celebrates Decades of Remarkable and Sustained Production

BY The Arabian Sun / /

Saudi Arabia has passed many milestones that have transformed it into a modern and prosperous nation. In line with this, Aramco’s Petroleum Engineering and Development (PE&D) is celebrating 85 years since Dammam No. 7 was declared a commercial producer, 50 years of production and reliability in the Zuluf and Marjan offshore fields, and 10 years of phenomenal performance at Manifa.

Desert Divas Reunite in Savannah, GA

Desert Divas Reunite in Savannah, GA

BY Nancy Vance / /

The "Desert Divas" have had an annual reunion since 2002. This year we met in Savannah, GA. The photo was taken in front of the infamous fountain in Forsyth Park. We never run out of fond memories. From left to right Rita Steininger, Donna Jones, Diane Burgoyne, Sue Foster, Carol Dachelet, Becky Sigmon, Patti Fleming, Lee Theil, Nanette Langan, Stephanie Jones, Nancy Vance, Sharon O'Brien, Hedy Orkney.

CEO Cup: Scores of Golfers Compete at 41st CEO Cup

CEO Cup: Scores of Golfers Compete at 41st CEO Cup

BY The Arabian Sun / /

President and CEO Amin Nasser congratulated participants in this year’s CEO Cup —including the youngest ever competitor to win the tournament — at a recent awards dinner in Dhahran. Men’s CEO Cup champion Maaz BinSaad, just 16-years-old, said: “I’ve been playing golf for about seven years. Winning a big tournament like this feels great.

"When Camels Sing" by Karen Fallon and Jo Watts

"When Camels Sing" by Karen Fallon and Jo Watts

BY Aramco ExPats / /

Aramco "grannies", Karen Fallon and Jo Watts present the storybook When Camels Sing, dedicated to all Brats. The book features the indomitable equines of the desert, camels, and tells the story of Abdullah's herd of young camels and the colorful adventure they have on a bright and sunny day. These camels, each with a different and distinctive personality, experience an event that may never have been experienced in the desert.

Our Mourning Dove Has Once Again Returned

Our Mourning Dove Has Once Again Returned

BY Fred Bobb / /

For the fourth time in four years, always around the month of May, our mourning dove returns to our tree and her nest by the side of our RiverWalk West Palm Beach, Florida house. She has laid an egg or two and is now nesting again. We noticed her this past Saturday, May 27th.

My Exciting Trip to TEDx Talks

My Exciting Trip to TEDx Talks

BY Sarah Shafiq / /

One day, my dad surprised us by suggesting a family outing to a TEDx event at Osmania University, where my mom had studied. I was overjoyed because I had always found TEDx talks on YouTube fascinating. Unlike boring speeches, these talks were engaging, peppered with jokes, and aimed to keep the audience entertained.

Abqaiq Squad Sets Records With Swim Meet Triumph - 1958

Abqaiq Squad Sets Records With Swim Meet Triumph - 1958

BY The Arabian Sun / /

From the June 5, 1968 edition of the Sun and Flare. The Dhahran Pool was where the action was last Wednesday as a revitalized Abqaiq swim team swamped their Najmah rivals, 59-41, and at the same time broke three Dhahran Pool junior high records.

Our 2023 Celebrations of Eid Ul Fitr and Eid-ul-Adha

Our 2023 Celebrations of Eid Ul Fitr and Eid-ul-Adha

BY Zara Imran / /

There are two main festivals in Islam: Eid-ul-Fitr, which signifies the completion of the Holy Month of Ramadan and Eid-ul-Adha, the greater Eid, which follows the completion of the annual Hajj pilgrimage, at the time of Qurbani (sacrifice).

Up To Speed: Monaco Madness; Even The Weather Can't Stop Verstappen

Up To Speed: Monaco Madness; Even The Weather Can't Stop Verstappen

BY The Arabian Sun / /

Max Verstappen extended his Formula 1 championship lead by keeping his cool in a rain-affected Monaco Grand Prix. Verstappen earned a last-gasp pole position for F1’s most prestigious race ahead of Aston Martin Aramco Cognizant Formula 1 Team’s Fernando Alonso and Alpine’s Esteban Ocon.

Volunteers Show Commitment to Clean Up Dhahran-Abqaiq Highway

Volunteers Show Commitment to Clean Up Dhahran-Abqaiq Highway

BY The Arabian Sun / /

On May 2, more than 800 volunteers from Aramco’s Drilling and Workover (D&WO), in collaboration with the Eastern Province Amana, the Ematah cleaning awareness program, Saudi Red Crescent Authority, Saudi Special Forces for Roads Security, and other corporate stakeholders and contractors, joined forces to pick up trash and construction debris at two locations on the Dhahran-Abqaiq Highway 30 kilometers from Dhahran.

Classes, Castles, Camels, and Dhows

Classes, Castles, Camels, and Dhows

BY Brid Beeler / /

When I first went to live in Riyadh in 1989, I learned only a few basic Arabic words and phrases. But on returning to California in the early 2000’s, I immersed myself in a two-month intensive summer program learning Modern Standard Arabic, known as Al Fusha, at University of California Berkeley.

Aramcon Reunion in the Hill Country

Aramcon Reunion in the Hill Country

BY Aramco ExPats / /

On 23 May 2023, several Aramcon’s travelled to Johnson City and Fredericksburg, TX to chew the fat and have some wine that was not homemade. The weather was perfect and everyone was reminiscing about the good ole days in Saudi.

90 Years Forged in Resilience and Success

90 Years Forged in Resilience and Success

BY The Arabian Sun / /

From its early days of exploration in the 1930s, Aramco has forged a reputation for resilience and strength over the past nine decades. In many ways, Aramco’s story is just beginning, powered by innovation, determination, and dedication to a common goal.