The Gathering Storm - The Gulf War: Vignette from 'Tales from the Desert: An Arabian Memoir'

The Gathering Storm - The Gulf War: Vignette from 'Tales from the Desert: An Arabian Memoir'

BY Stuart Crocker / /

Dhahran is situated on a low hill a couple of miles west of Dhahran airport which is an enormous military airbase and at that time, a commercial airport. Within hours of President Bush announcing ‘Operation Desert Shield’ a continuous stream of enormous US Air Force transport planes began landing at the airport, depositing men, supplies and weapons.

An Unexpected Saudi Christmas Gift

An Unexpected Saudi Christmas Gift

BY Brid Beeler / /

Christmas in the Kingdom has been in the international news recently, with many stories detailing how more and more shops openly sell Christmas trees, lights, tinsel, and the other decorations westerners want to buy for their festive celebrations.

Reliving a Memory

Reliving a Memory

BY Aramco ExPats / /

A mini Aramco Brat reunion was held Sunday, December 12th at Rocco's Tacos on Clematis Street in West Palm Beach, Florida. After dinner and drinks, we all went to see the 700 ton Christmas Sandi Tree at dockside. A fun time was had reconnecting with many embellished Aramco stories told.

Syria’s Treasures, Part 4 – Aleppo

Syria’s Treasures, Part 4 – Aleppo

BY Mark Lowey / /

In this photo essay, Mark Lowey recounts his travels to Syria with his wife and another Aramco couple in April 2011, which inadvertently coincided with the beginnings of the civil uprising in Syria. In Parts 1, 2, and 3,  the party of four toured Syria’s capital, Damascus, the ancient Roman city of Palmyra, and Krak des Chevaliers castle.

The Art of Getting Curious: Vignette from 'Life in the Camel Lane'

The Art of Getting Curious: Vignette from 'Life in the Camel Lane'

BY Doreen Cumberford / /

Heavy-duty canvas, black with cream horizontal stripes, the tent sat on a knoll nestled in a large sand dune. Six or seven irregular, somewhat buckled, knobby wooden posts supported the tent, which seemed to hug the landscape. Sturdy guy ropes pulled it in every direction.

Christmas Time in Dhahran: Reviving Memory and its Impact on the Present and Future

Christmas Time in Dhahran: Reviving Memory and its Impact on the Present and Future

BY Anushka Bose / /

As Christmas approaches, the Holidays are on my mind, especially as it relates to how my holidays used to be. I came across a Charles Dickens quote recently and it made me think so differently about Christmas breaks in Dhahran. It’s now going to be the second Christmas that I am not going to be there [as my family retired].

A Cruise Designed for You – See Who Has Registered

A Cruise Designed for You – See Who Has Registered

BY Aramco ExPats / /

The 2022 Aramco Hafla Reunion Cruise will be held October 31 - November 5, 2022, departing from Miami, FL. Ports of call are Grand Cayman and Cozumel, Mexico. More information to come.

2022 Aramco Hafla Cruise - December 1, 2021 Update

2022 Aramco Hafla Cruise - December 1, 2021 Update

BY Aramco ExPats / /

The 2022 Aramco Hafla Reunion Cruise will be held October 31 - November 5, 2022, departing from Miami, FL. Ports of call are Grand Cayman and Cozumel, Mexico. More information to come.

Getting in Shape: Vignette from 'Tales from the Desert: An Arabian Memoir'

Getting in Shape: Vignette from 'Tales from the Desert: An Arabian Memoir'

BY Stuart Crocker / /

Throughout the cooler winter months, the running club would put on a variety of races, typically of five and ten kilometres, in addition to half and full marathons. Barely three months after I had started running, a ten kilometre run seemed nothing out of the ordinary and was completed with relative ease. I was never particularly fast and although my times were respectable...

Layla: The Arabian Lady of the Lakes

Layla: The Arabian Lady of the Lakes

BY Brid Beeler / /

The town of Layla, located some 330 Kilometers south of Riyadh in the Al-Aflaj oasis, is noted today for the enormous sinkholes and caves that dot the surrounding gypsum rock formations. But that was not always the case.

Congratulations to Casey Garretson on Graduating as Doctor of Occupational Therapy

Congratulations to Casey Garretson on Graduating as Doctor of Occupational Therapy

BY Aramco ExPats / /

Casey Garretson, the grandson of Byron and Sarah Garretson and son of Kyle Garretson, graduated with a doctor's degree in Occupational Therapy from the University of Central Arkansas this spring. He received his license to practice in October and has opened an office in Little Rock, Central Arkansas Occupational Rehabilitation.

Hafla 2022 is Way More Than a Cruise - It's All About the People!

Hafla 2022 is Way More Than a Cruise - It's All About the People!

BY Aramco ExPats / /

In case you missed it, registration is now open for the Hafla 2022 Cruise. We are looking forward to Annuitants, Brats, Aramcons, and Employees from Around the World joining us. Hafla 2022 Cruise will be a five-night cruise leaving Miami on October 31 and returning to Miami on November 5, 2022. We look forward to seeing you at Hafla 2022.

Syria’s Treasures, Part 3 – Krak des Chevaliers

Syria’s Treasures, Part 3 – Krak des Chevaliers

BY Mark Lowey / /

In this photo essay, Mark Lowey recounts his travels to Syria with his wife and another Aramco couple in April 2011, which inadvertently coincided with the beginnings of the civil uprising in Syria. In Parts 1 and 2, the party of four toured Syria’s capital, Damascus, and the ancient Roman city of Palmyra.

Saadeddin Pastry: A Green Box of Joy

Saadeddin Pastry: A Green Box of Joy

BY Anushka Bose / /

My memory of Dhahran includes various emblems that marked my time there. One of these emblems is the Saadeddin Pastry shop/stop inside the Dhahran Commissary. When I first moved to Dhahran I was amazed by the colorful squares of chocolate wrapped in baby pink or turquoise blue covers placed symmetrically around a large gold plate.

Getting Down to Work: Vignette from 'Tales from the Desert: An Arabian Memoir'

Getting Down to Work: Vignette from 'Tales from the Desert: An Arabian Memoir'

BY Stuart Crocker / /

Dhahran North Office Complex was a collection of twenty large, temporary office buildings located about half a mile from the residential camp. They certainly weren’t as swish as the more glamorous steel and glass offices on the main camp complex, but at least I didn’t have far to commute.

Arrowheads and Shooting Stars in the Deserts of Arabia

Arrowheads and Shooting Stars in the Deserts of Arabia

BY Brid Beeler / /

Weekend trips to the desert often involved searching for arrowheads and other primitive stone tools. Finding areas where these were plentiful was never easy because we could go out one weekend and chance upon a promising site, with lots of arrowheads just lying there on top of the sand...

Orientation: Vignette from 'Tales from the Desert: An Arabian Memoir'

Orientation: Vignette from 'Tales from the Desert: An Arabian Memoir'

BY Stuart Crocker / /

Aramco came into existence some years before there was a fully functioning Saudi government and had therefore developed its own extensive laws and procedures which, by the time I arrived, ran in tandem to those which had later been created by the government. Indeed many laws subsequently enacted by the government were lifted straight from various company manuals.