Birds of a Feather

Birds of a Feather

BY Aramco ExPats / /

If you've ever peered out from your window or stepped out of your back door for the sole purpose of gaining a better view of a bird, you may have a touch of birder in you. On more than one occasion, Gregory Askew found himself doing just that.

My Eureka Moment – at the Saudi Post Office

My Eureka Moment – at the Saudi Post Office

BY Brid Beeler / /

When we go to a post office, it is usually to mail a letter, buy stamps or maybe pick up a package that has arrived. Few of us give it further thought. Particularly nowadays, when we can easily communicate with our families and friends...

The Art of Communication is the Language of Leadership - James Humes

The Art of Communication is the Language of Leadership - James Humes

BY Mohammed Ifteqaruddin / /

I appreciate Saudi Aramco management for their continuous support of their employees' development towards achieving the required communication and leadership skills by allowing them to not only form a Toastmaster club within the company but also permitting them to attend its meetings during working hours.

Kevin’s Story: Memories of Expat Life in Abqaiq 1978-1983

Kevin’s Story: Memories of Expat Life in Abqaiq 1978-1983

BY Anushka Bose and Kevin Overholt / /

ExPat life in the Aramco communities is full of contradictions — within all the complexities that surrounded us, from geopolitical turmoil to the rules and regulations that we had to abide by, life was abundantly simple...

Sean Monteiro Named Dean’s Scholar by Queen’s University, Ontario, Canada

Sean Monteiro Named Dean’s Scholar by Queen’s University, Ontario, Canada

BY Aramco ExPats / /

Sean, an Aramco brat, has been named Dean’s Scholar by Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario, Canada for outstanding academic performance by the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science for the 2019-20 academic session. Sean graduated in Mechanical Engineering with a 3.5 GPA.

Christine Smith Paints Among the Fishermen in Porto Heli

Christine Smith Paints Among the Fishermen in Porto Heli

BY Aramco ExPats / /

Beneath often vivid blue skies and surrounded by the crystal-clear waters of the Aegean lies Porto Heli, Greece, a small fishing village a short ferry ride from Athens. Known for its protective coves and bays, it is a frequent mooring...

In Support of the Troops

In Support of the Troops

BY Aramco ExPats / /

Jonathan Way, his wife Shirley and daughter Cynthia were in Dhahran during the last stages of Desert Shield. In response to a recent request for photographs from the Gulf War, Jonathan submitted this photo of Shirley and Cynthia...

Camping with Camels: My Introduction to the Kingdom - Part V

Camping with Camels: My Introduction to the Kingdom - Part V

BY Brid Beeler / /

That evening we dined at a magnificent Moroccan restaurant next to Beit Al Nassif with a horse-drawn carriage perched outside the entrance. It was opulent to say the least. We felt like we were in a royal palace and the food...

Congratulations to Dr. Azzam Eltarahony

Congratulations to Dr. Azzam Eltarahony

BY Aramco ExPats / /

Through hard work and perseverance, Aramco retiree Dr. Azzam Eltarahony, badge number 139844, recently celebrated the grand opening of Alnahar General Hospital in Alexandria, Egypt. As the photographs show, this is a top-rate facility.

Camping with Camels: My Introduction to the Kingdom - Part IV

Camping with Camels: My Introduction to the Kingdom - Part IV

BY Brid Beeler / /

When we left Mada’in Saleh, our next destination was Jeddah. That is a long road to Jeddah and having since traveled all the roads of the Kingdom, it is still the one road I do not enjoy traveling. I avoid it with a passion...

The Merchant Spirit

The Merchant Spirit

BY Aramco ExPats / /

Aramco annuitant and current resident of Japan Eiichi Nakamura was recently featured in these pages. The highlight of that article was his account of a traditional tea ceremony performed at his home in Yokohama for top executives from Saudi Aramco and their key customers in Japan.

The Seven Natural Wonders of Arabia, Part VII – Al Wahbah Crater

The Seven Natural Wonders of Arabia, Part VII – Al Wahbah Crater

BY Aramco ExPats / /

Saudi Arabia has taken dramatic steps in recent years to open its borders to foreign tourists; to restore, maintain, and protect its many important natural and man-made attractions; and to spread the word of these astonishing sites...

Camping with Camels: My Introduction to the Kingdom - Part III

Camping with Camels: My Introduction to the Kingdom - Part III

BY Brid Beeler / /

The desert floor stretched before us as we headed west. As the hours passed and the heat soared, the terrain became flat and expansive with mirages dancing on the horizon. It was evening once more as we approached Tayma...

The King’s Man: Like Father, Like Son? - Part IV

The King’s Man: Like Father, Like Son? - Part IV

BY Mel Trotter / /

From the moment he met Ibn Saud, Harry St. John Bridger Philby was mesmerised by the charisma of the King and made no secret of his dedication to the Saudi cause and the unification of the Arabian Peninsula.

The King’s Man: The Final Curtain - Part III

The King’s Man: The Final Curtain - Part III

BY Mel Trotter / /

With The King’s good offices, Harry had prospered in his business ventures and was proprietor of The Ford Motor Company franchise in Jeddah. He owned a house in Riyadh, given to him by Ibn Saud and a beautiful Saudi wife named Rozy.

The King’s Man: Oil and Death - Part II

The King’s Man: Oil and Death - Part II

BY Mel Trotter / /

So went the philosophy of the mentors who tutored Ibn Saud as a child and it remained his lifelong practice to tryout the integrity of those he would rely on. His friendship with Harry St. John Bridger Philby was strong but Philby was not exempt from the scrutiny of the desert fighter, though Philby never knew or understood this.

Repatriating During Covid-19

Repatriating During Covid-19

BY Anushka Bose / /

The binding truth that ties the entire Aramco family together is the ephemeral, transitory periods of our lives that we spend in the cookie-cutter homes, basking under the hot desert sun. Some of us are born here, some move as children, and some as teenagers, and some of us even find our way back here as adults.