2016 Year in Review

2016 Year in Review

BY Aramco ExPats / /

See what made this year an amazing one for Aramco ExPats and the community.

Aramco Retirement Benefits and Financial Planning

Aramco Retirement Benefits and Financial Planning

BY Reilly Financial Advisors / /

Do you have questions or concerns regarding your future Aramco retirement and the planning involved? Please join Reilly Financial Advisors for a special presentation regarding how financial planning can enhance your Aramco retirement benefits.

Chicken Soup for the Aramcon Soul

Chicken Soup for the Aramcon Soul

BY Aramco ExPats / /

Former Aramcon Andrew Guinosso is embarking on a wonderful project that will enrich the souls of all Aramcons and he asks for your help. Basing his project off the popular “Chicken Soup for the Soul” series, he plans to capture what it means to be an expatriate in Saudi Arabia through a collection of submitted stories.

Welcoming the New Year with Exercise: The Three R's

Welcoming the New Year with Exercise: The Three R's

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If you're like me, you make New Years resolutions every year, always with the best of intentions of keeping them, with varied results. High on my list of resolutions this year is to exercise more.

New Years Around the World

New Years Around the World

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In a few days many of us will be awaiting the midnight hour, eager to welcome in New Year 2017. If you're at all like me, you'll be asking yourself what happened to 2016? It seems like it started only a few weeks ago. As it says on clock faces everywhere, "Tempus fugit"—i.e., "Time flies."

Farmer Joe Remembers Arabia

Farmer Joe Remembers Arabia

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Just like all the rest of us who work or once worked at Aramco, Joe LeBlanc remembers his badge number (Hint: It starts with a "1"). Just like us as well, he carries with him fond memories of his days living and working in the Kingdom.

ICC Concert Satisfaction Survey

ICC Concert Satisfaction Survey

BY Aramco ExPats / /

The International Concert Committee (ICC) is conducting a study to measure your satisfaction with their concerts.

A Yule Goat in Finnish Lapland

A Yule Goat in Finnish Lapland

BY Aramco ExPats / /

The Finns are different. Ask anyone who's spent time around them or visited their country. Or ask a Finn yourself, if you happen to know one. They're part of Scandinavia but they're not true Scandinavians or Nordics.

Separation of Service Brings About Many Changes

Separation of Service Brings About Many Changes

BY Reilly Financial Advisors / /

At some point, every Aramcon will face the complexities associated with Separation of Service. And regardless of when that time of separation approaches, it is no understatement that one must devise a strategy and lay out the logistics to accessing their hard-earned money once they’ve left Aramco. It can seem an overwhelming task, with many options. So which option is best for you? Proper planning is a necessity given all that must be considered.

The Golden Age of Islam

The Golden Age of Islam

BY Aramco ExPats / /

Earlier this year, three feature articles on the history of Saudi Arabia appeared in this newsletter. They were based on materials available from the Saudi Speakers Bureau. This week we return to that subject with a fourth installment.

Giving Thanks Around the World

Giving Thanks Around the World

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On Thursday of this week, Americans will celebrate their Thanksgiving. This is a time when families and friends gather together to celebrate fellowship and give thanks for God's blessings.

Do You Remember Being a Girl Scout in Saudi Arabia?

Do You Remember Being a Girl Scout in Saudi Arabia?

BY Aramco ExPats / /

The Girl Scouts in Dhahran are celebrating their 70th anniversary and we are calling all former Aramcons who were part of Dhahran Girl Scouts to share their memories.

Disqus as in "Discuss"

Disqus as in "Discuss"

BY Aramco Expats / /

Earlier this year, we entirely rebuilt AramcoExPats.com from the ground up, introducing a new look and feel while retaining the best features of our previous website. We did this in part as a planned evolution, where upgrades and improvements are essential if we are to successfully serve your needs.

A Swimmingly-Good Time

A Swimmingly-Good Time

BY Aramco ExPats / /

Aramco Brat, Fred (a.k.a. “Camelman”) Bobb, wrote about a two-person mini-reunion he had this past weekend with Aramco Annuitant, Jamie(a.k.a. “Jim”) Clark. Camelman and Jamie used to work together in Ras Tanura, where together they coached the Razorfish swim team from 1985 to 1987.

The Other Tacoma

The Other Tacoma

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For many of you readers, when you hear the word “Tacoma” you think of the pint-sized pickup manufactured by Toyota bearing that name. Unlike what some companies have done creating unique marketable names for their products, Toyota didn’t invent “Tacoma” out of thin air.

The Restaurant Where “13” Is a Lucky Number

The Restaurant Where “13” Is a Lucky Number

BY Aramco ExPats / /

If you're an Aramco annuitant, it's pretty much guaranteed that you like to travel. It's likewise pretty much guaranteed that you've discovered a local eatery or two in your various stops along the way that you welcome an excuse to return to whenever your journey takes you near.

Bringing Light to the World

Bringing Light to the World

BY Aramco ExPats / /

Many people over the years have asked what made me decide to launch AramcoExPats. The simplest answer is, To promote greater mutual understanding between the Kingdom and people of Saudi Arabia on the one hand and the people of the world outside the Peninsula on the other hand.

Images Galore from Monterey

Images Galore from Monterey

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Scores of images taken at the recent annuitant Hafla in Monterey have been uploaded to the website. Visit the Gallery to view shots of 270 happy Aramcons enjoying such pleasures as dining, dancing, chatting with friends, touring the town and in general sharing in the unbridled joy of being an Aramco ExPat.

Things Were Hopping at the Monterey Hafla

Things Were Hopping at the Monterey Hafla

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Some 270 Aramco annuitants and friends descended upon the Hyatt Regency in Monterey, California this weekend to commence another bi-annual Hafla.