2021 Saudi Aramco Excellence Awards

2021 Saudi Aramco Excellence Awards

BY The Arabian Sun / /

In a year of unprecedented challenges for the global economy and the world’s energy industry, Aramco has stood out with impressive accomplishments, which have enabled the company to remain a reliable energy provider during critical times when supply chains in different parts of the world were disrupted due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Mary Norton - Paying It Forward: From Texas to Palestinian Refugee Camps

Mary Norton - Paying It Forward: From Texas to Palestinian Refugee Camps

BY Aramco ExPats / /

When the devastation caused by the winter storm Uri in the U.S. dominated the news in mid-February, UPA was in the midst of its Winter Shield campaign. The annual initiative to protect Palestinian refugees from the harshest stretch of winter took place in the Gaza and Hittin refugee camps in Jordan, both of which were established to accommodate...

NED69ers Mini Reunion held in Orinda, California

NED69ers Mini Reunion held in Orinda, California

BY Engr. Iqbal Ahmed Khan / /

The NED69ers Group graduated in 1969 from the NED Government Engineering College Karachi. Members are spread all over the globe. They maintain a connection with each other through e-mail and meet occasionally in Karachi or other parts of the world just to refresh their sweet old memories.

AramcoWorld Reading Selections - June 9, 2021

AramcoWorld Reading Selections - June 9, 2021

BY AramcoWorld / /

Many of the acrobats who entertained audiences and festival crowds throughout Europe from the 18th to 20th century came from Turkey and North Africa, and particularly from Morocco. In Venice the tradition of the “Flying Angel,” which marks the opening of the city’s annual carnavale, was one particularly famous occasion.

Aramco Signs Public-private Agreement for Six East-West Pipeline Residential Compounds

Aramco Signs Public-private Agreement for Six East-West Pipeline Residential Compounds

BY The Arabian Sun / /

Aramco has signed an agreement with a private sector real estate developer to build and operate six residential compounds along the East-West pipeline. Aramco and the East West for Real Estate Development Company have signed 23-year long contracts to build, own, operate, and transfer six residential compounds along the 1,200-kilometer East-West Pipeline. The deal was signed last month.

The Wondrous Subsurface Realms of the Kingdom's Waters

The Wondrous Subsurface Realms of the Kingdom's Waters

BY Saudi Aramco News / /

Along the east and west coasts of Saudi Arabia are two seas that contain a treasure of marine life that few knew existed -- and even fewer had ever seen. The Arabian Gulf was formed at the end of the last Ice Age, some 10,000 years ago, and the Red Sea's history goes back even further.

The Tapline: A Tale of Engineering Triumph

The Tapline: A Tale of Engineering Triumph

BY The Arabian Sun / /

The Trans-Arabian Pipeline — or Tapline — has been officially recognized as Saudi Arabia’s first industrial heritage site. This is the story of how the 70-year-old oil pipeline won its place in history — and in the affections of those who worked on it. The Tapline, located in the northern Saudi Arabian desert, is considered a historical feat of engineering that brought energy to Europe in the aftermath of World War II.

The Heart and Soul of Aramco by a Man Who Was Always There for You

The Heart and Soul of Aramco by a Man Who Was Always There for You

BY The Arabian Sun / /

Ali Mohammed Al-Baluchi, an Aramco retiree, has written an autobiography spanning more than 70 extraordinary years. The book, titled “Heart and Soul: A Memoir,” details many of the writer’s memories over 40 years with the company followed by more than 30 years in retirement.

"Dear Folks": Chapter 11

"Dear Folks": Chapter 11

BY Ken Slavin / /

For Aramco, it is another year of record-breaking growth and oil production.  And for Ken Webster, it is a year of exceptional professional achievement.  In the spring of that year, he is appointed Dhahran District Manager, a post he will hold for more than six years.

AramcoWorld Reading Selections - May 26, 2021

AramcoWorld Reading Selections - May 26, 2021

BY AramcoWorld / /

Using a cassette tape recorder, Marcel Kurpershoek, left, prepares to record Nabati verses recited by Al Dubais al Ulawi, 81, in his majlis, or gathering room, at his home in the village of al-Suda’iyyah in 1988.

Scents of Arabia – An Ode to Identity

Scents of Arabia – An Ode to Identity

BY Brid Beeler / /

Scent has been entrenched into every aspect of Arabian society since the Queen of Sheba’s visit to King Soleiman, the development of the spice trade, and the control exercised by the Nabateans at Mada’in Saleh (Al Hegra) over the camel caravans traveling north to the Levant. Socially and spiritually, scent still plays a prominent role in every aspect of today’s society.

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On Sale Now! Ali Mohammed Al-Baluchi, 'Heart and Soul: A Memoir'

On Sale Now! Ali Mohammed Al-Baluchi, 'Heart and Soul: A Memoir'

BY Aramco ExPats / /

Ali-Al Baluchi's new memoir Heart and Soul is now available in Saudi Arabia, other GCC states, the UK and Europe, and North America. In his own words and through testimonials from friends and colleagues, Ali Al-Baluchi offers unique personal insights, from the challenges of navigating a foreign work culture to nurturing lifelong global friendships in Saudi Aramco.

"Dear Folks": Chapter 10

"Dear Folks": Chapter 10

BY Ken Slavin / /

"There is a rumor of a big stir-up out here!" Another job change and more responsibility for Ken Webster, the family’s first local leave, the opening of the Trans-Arabian Pipeline, the continued expansion of Aramco in all parts of the Kingdom, and worldwide headlines for a former company secretary who swims the English Channel.

Leah Weston Graduates from Johns Hopkins Medical School

Leah Weston Graduates from Johns Hopkins Medical School

BY Aramco ExPats / /

Leah Weston (Ras Tanura School 2001-2007) graduated May 26 from Johns Hopkins Medical School. Her medical residency will be at Columbia University Medical Center in New York. Her parents, Dave and Diana Weston, retired to Enumclaw, WA in 2013.

Aramco Retiree Golf Group Teed It Up in Grapevine, Texas

Aramco Retiree Golf Group Teed It Up in Grapevine, Texas

BY Aramco ExPats / /

The Aramco Retiree Golf Group held their first 2021 event in Grapevine, Texas April 12-16, 2021. The event was hosted and organized by local resident Tim McGhee and by the golf group's organizer Mike Haas. A full week of fun filled activities included 3 rounds of golf at Grapevine Golf Club Mockingbird and Pecan nines, Grapevine Golf Club Mockingbird and Bluebonnet nines and Sky Creek Ranch Golf Club.

After 30 Years, Lashar Lavenue Leaves His Mark on Aramco

After 30 Years, Lashar Lavenue Leaves His Mark on Aramco

BY The Arabian Sun / /

After three decades, William “Lashar” Lavenue will be calling it a day and retiring from the company at the end of May. Lavenue began his oil and gas career in 1981 as a petroleum engineer with the Getty Oil Company in East Texas after graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Petroleum Engineering from Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge. He joined Aramco in May 1991 as a drilling engineer. At the time, the company was operating 18 rigs.

Biodiversity the Answer to Sustainable Development Challenges

Biodiversity the Answer to Sustainable Development Challenges

BY The Arabian Sun / /

For a country that is mostly desert, Saudi Arabia has a surprisingly diverse population of wild animals and plants. A remarkable 499 species of bird have been recorded in the Kingdom, along with 117 mammal species, 107 reptile species, 1,230 fish species, 266 coral reef species, eight amphibian species, and more than 2,400 different types of flowering plants.

"Dear Folks": Chapter 9

"Dear Folks": Chapter 9

BY Ken Slavin / /

As Acting Manager of Aramco’s Transportation Department, Ken Webster embarks on many travels throughout Saudi Arabia in 1950 and describes them in detail to the folks back home in the States. From observations on the new Dammam deepwater port (a project to which his brother, Allyn, an assistant engineer, is assigned) to interesting descriptions of visits with Aramco exploration teams in the Empty Quarter, to tours of the King’s farms, to “lessons” in Muslim law and religious ceremonies, his fascination with and respect for the Arabs and Aramco shine through in every word.