UK Secretaries - 20 Years Ago

UK Secretaries - 20 Years Ago

BY Aramco ExPats / /

Thank you, Ann Berry, for sending AXP this beautiful, nostalgic photo of UK Secretaries. Ann Berry worked in Office Services for 24 years, from 1978 to her retirement on 1 April 2002. The photo is of her friends at her leaving party. The party included 34 secretaries who had clocked over 700 years working for Aramco.

Ramadan's Lanterns

Ramadan's Lanterns

BY Aramco ExPats / /

No one knows for certain when the use of children's Ramadan lanterns began, but it is a very old Egyptian tradition. Indeed, lanterns and lamps of various kinds, of many hues and degrees of brightness, and even both real and imaginary, have always been special to Egypt.

Then and Now: Al Khobar 1955 and 2020

Then and Now: Al Khobar 1955 and 2020

BY Bert Seal / /

I took the 'then' photo of Al Khobar in 1955 while working as a PR photographer for Aramco. The 'now' photo is of my grandson, Sam Field, taken in 2020.

Mumkin Sura? A New Day for Saudi Photography

Mumkin Sura? A New Day for Saudi Photography

BY Brid Beeler / /

I find it refreshing that photography is becoming an accepted part of modern Saudi society. The first “Jeddah Photo 2022” exhibition at Athr Gallery (organized by the Saudi Art Council and supported by the Ministry of Culture’s Museums Commission) will showcase a variety of images by Saudi and international photographers, including experimental work and contemporary photos.

Mom’s Photo Album

Mom’s Photo Album

BY Mark Lowey / /

Having just graduated from a small Ohio university in 1951, three sorority sisters embarked on a memorable trans-Atlantic journey that would shape their lives. In this photo essay, Mark Lowey shares the experiences and photos from a family photo album that has collected dust for more than half a century. The photos, taken by Mark’s mother, Suzanne “Susie” Olin (later Lowey), reveal memories from a bygone post-WWII era.

Laurene Ann Opdyke Nursing Scholarship

Laurene Ann Opdyke Nursing Scholarship

BY Aramco ExPats / /

Dear Friends of Laurene, I have some exciting news. Starting June 1, 2022, the number of scholarships available will increase from five to seven! My only request is for you to help me find qualified candidates for these scholarships and encourage them to apply. 

The Preferred Footwear from Saudi Camp

The Preferred Footwear from Saudi Camp

BY Mark Stoffer / /

Just down the road outside Dhahran’s Main Gate in the 1950s and 60s was an area called Saudi Camp. In one of the shops was an old, blind Saudi cobbler who made sandals from camel hide and tire treads. He would trace your foot on a piece of cardboard and tell you to come back the next day to pick up your custom-made sandals.

Here Come the “Returning Students”

Here Come the “Returning Students”

BY Mark Stoffer / /

Batten down the hatches! It was always a happy yet tense time for Aramco when the high school and college dependents returned for Christmas and summer vacations. The company worked hard to keep them entertained (Tri-D dances, dhow trips, etc.)

2022 Hafla Cruise Excursion Highlights

2022 Hafla Cruise Excursion Highlights

BY Aramco ExPtats / /

As Dr. Seuss might say, “Oh the places we’ll go!” Just see what awaits us on our 2022 Hafla cruise. . . Our cruise experience is much more than that photo op as we eagerly embark on the Celebrity Summit. We begin and end our Hafla in ‘The Magic City, as Miami is nicknamed, and then two exciting Caribbean destinations await our arrival.

Shopping: Vignette from 'Life in the Camel Lane'

Shopping: Vignette from 'Life in the Camel Lane'

BY Doreen Cumberford / /

One of my husband’s first shopping experiences was in downtown Al Rahima, a small town near the Ras Tanura compound. He was looking for an electrical appliance and found that he had to walk around a rather large crowd of Saudis who were watching a TV set in the window of the store.

Saudi Arabia's Heritage Treasures

Saudi Arabia's Heritage Treasures

BY The Arab News / /

One of the objectives of the increasingly outward-looking nation of Saudi Arabia, set out in the ambitious Vision 2030 document and its plan to create a more diverse and sustainable economy, is to open up the Kingdom to visitors as a destination for heritage tourism.

A Photo Essay of the Dhahran Cricket Association's 2018 Trip to Sri Lanka

A Photo Essay of the Dhahran Cricket Association's 2018 Trip to Sri Lanka

BY Aramco ExPats / /

Petroleum Engineering Specialist Farooq A. Khan, who retired from Aramco in January 2021, recalls a remarkable trip to Sri Lanka he enjoyed as president of the Dhahran Cricket Association (DCA) in 2018. The following report captures the memorable time that was had by 69 DCA members and their families who journeyed on a beautiful 5-day excursion.

The Taste and Memory of Breakfast

The Taste and Memory of Breakfast

BY Anushka Bose / /

Breakfast is the meal that often commences our day. While doctors emphasize the importance of breakfast for maintaining our physical health and more recently also emotional health, I also believe that breakfast is the first fraction of our day that can be used as a hallmark to build traditions upon.

Help Get Kristofer LeRibeus Home

Help Get Kristofer LeRibeus Home

BY Aramco ExPats / /

Our son, Kristofer LeRibeus, was recently involved in a catastrophic car accident in Oman which has left him a quadriplegic. Our family is coordinating his urgent evacuation to the USA for medical care and we need your support. We launched a GoFundMe site to raise funds to get Kristofer home for the treatment he needs. ~Myron Scoggins and Rhonda LeRibeus-Scoggins