Brat Lifetime Achievement Award: The Dammam Well #7 Award

Brat Lifetime Achievement Award: The Dammam Well #7 Award

BY Aramco ExPats / /

This year at the 18th Biennial reunion, Bridget Halpin and Liz Germani created a new BrAt Lifetime Achievement Award, “The Dammam Well #7 Award.”  Going forward at each reunion, the ABI will present this award to a BrAt that has gone above and beyond to the Aramco Brat organization.

Arabian Bat Encounters

Arabian Bat Encounters

BY Brid Beeler / /

I would guess that not many of us think fondly about bats, those mouse-like creatures that fly around in the night sky.  I know they are timid, useful creatures that eat tons of insects and all that, but they send shivers down my spine.  They somehow remind me of the Alfred Hitchcock movie “The Birds” filmed in Bodega Bay...

Syria’s Treasures, Part 1 – Damascus

Syria’s Treasures, Part 1 – Damascus

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. The last day of their stay in Damascus included an unlikely encounter with the not-so-secret police, Bashar Al Assad’s Military Intelligence Directorate.

Oasis, Too Close for Comfort: Vignette from 'Life in the Camel Lane'

Oasis, Too Close for Comfort: Vignette from 'Life in the Camel Lane'

BY Doreen Cumberford / /

On May 29, 2004, two attacks happened on oil installations and one on Oasis, a residential compound in the heart of Al Khobar. The Oasis had a restaurant that we frequented and a skating rink where our friends’ kids learned ice hockey.

A Flea Market Find of Great Significance with a 1951 Dhahran Connection

A Flea Market Find of Great Significance with a 1951 Dhahran Connection

BY Aramco ExPats / /

David Thomas happened upon a unique flea market find - a sword with the name Dr. T. C. Alexander inscribed on the blade and an accompanying document that speaks to the sword's great significance. It begins, "I present to my friend, Dr. T. C. Alexander, a memorial gift in recognition of his remarkable services and continuous kindness to the Saudi patients in the Dhahran Arab Hospital. This gift is the sword of my father, Abdul Aziz ibn Madhi..."

Saudi Arabian Basketry – A Woven Heritage

Saudi Arabian Basketry – A Woven Heritage

BY Brid Beeler / /

Basketry is a time-honored tradition with relevance to societies around the world. From Asia to the Middle East, from Africa to the Americas, basketry is part of everyday life. From carrying food to storage, these traditional vessels are primarily woven by women, less so by men.

Privilege: Vignette from 'Life in the Camel Lane'

Privilege: Vignette from 'Life in the Camel Lane'

BY Doreen Cumberford / /

All personnel, whether Americans, Canadians, Brits, Filipinos, South Americans, Europeans, Indians, Bangladeshis or Sri Lankans, were on differing pay scales at Aramco. This stratification was originally designed to compensate people in relation to their standard of living back home.

Stop Hurrying: Vignette from 'Life in the Camel Lane'

Stop Hurrying: Vignette from 'Life in the Camel Lane'

BY Doreen Cumberford / /

My introduction to Arabian patience was with one of my husband’s colleagues in Japan. He wanted to lease a large family mover, a huge SUV by Japanese standards, for his Saudi wife, the maid and his six children. He went to the dealership and took an entire eight-hour day to bargain the salesman down.

Remembering Mary Ann Reilly

Remembering Mary Ann Reilly

BY Reilly Financial Advisors / /

It is with deepest regret that we announce the passing of Mary Ann Reilly, beloved wife of RFA Chairman Emeritus Don Reilly, mother of RFA President Frank Reilly, and grandmother to the remainder of RFA’s Reilly family.

For the Love of Food: Vignette from 'Life in the Camel Lane'

For the Love of Food: Vignette from 'Life in the Camel Lane'

BY Doreen Cumberford / /

Hoarding groceries was a way of life for some in Dhahran. But Sharon took hoarding to the next level. Rob and Sharon spent more than twenty-five years in Dhahran. Sharon's lifetime favorite food is Mexican. She could eat it three meals a day, every day. She bought refried beans by the case, just to be sure.

Arabian Dowry Chests

Arabian Dowry Chests

BY Brid Beeler / /

I remember my mother telling me that when she got married in 1960 her family paid a dowry of a thousand pounds to my father for her hand in marriage. That was a lot of money back then. Dowries are found in many other societies and cultures in the world. It is common throughout the Middle East where the groom provides the dowry to the family of the bride...

Poems of Arabia by Elise Kellett: Part IV

Poems of Arabia by Elise Kellett: Part IV

BY Elise Kellett / /

This small collection of verses was written as a poetic diary of my thoughts and impressions, influenced by my life and travel within Saudi Arabia during the past eight years (circa 1980s), intending, hopefully, for them to be handed on to my three granddaughters - Emma Louise, Sarah Jane and Lisa Maria - in the fullness of time.

Remembering the Domestic Help of Aramco

Remembering the Domestic Help of Aramco

BY Anushka Bose / /

As any resident or passerby of the cities of Aramco knows, the cities of Dhahran, Ras Tanura, Abqaiq and Udailyah are extremely clean and well maintained. And that reality wouldn’t be possible without the efforts of the domestic workers that spend hours working in the hot, Arabian sun.

Milton H. Lipp, CBE:  Collection and Exhibit - Part 1

Milton H. Lipp, CBE: Collection and Exhibit - Part 1

BY Doug Lipp / /

I knew my grandfather Milton after he retired in 1960 until his death in 1970. I fantasize about the questions I would ask him now. Sadly, I didn’t really understand the breadth of his distinguished career until 2013.

Aramco Golfers Bag Pinehurst - Another Bucket List Course

Aramco Golfers Bag Pinehurst - Another Bucket List Course

BY Aramco ExPats / /

A group of Aramco Retiree Golfers, determined to play the top golf courses on their “Bucket List” in North America and around the world, bagged world-renowned Pinehurst May 3-7, 2021. The courses hosted the Men’s U.S. Open Championships in 1999, 2005 and 2014 and the U.S. Women's Open Championship in 2014.

Big Changes at Reilly Financial Advisors

Big Changes at Reilly Financial Advisors

BY Reilly Financial Advisors / /

Big changes are happening at Reilly Financial Advisors, and we want to make sure everyone at Aramco is kept in the loop! It seems that while Vice President – Middle East Mark Shane was helping Aramcons craft and maintain their retirement plans, he was also working on his own.

National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations Kicks Off its One-of-a-kind Summer Educational and Career Exploration Program for Students

National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations Kicks Off its One-of-a-kind Summer Educational and Career Exploration Program for Students

BY Aramco ExPats / /

Washington, D.C.: The National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations' ("National Council") Annual 10-week University Student Internship and Summer Scholars Program began on May 24, 2021. Keynoting the inaugural session – and serving as the lead lecturer and resource specialist for the duration of the program – was Dr. John Duke Anthony, the National Council's Founding President and CEO.