A Journey Across the Middle Kingdom

A Journey Across the Middle Kingdom

BY Aramco ExPats / /

The Chinese refer to their country as “the Middle Kingdom.” For thousands of years, they’ve viewed their land as the center of the world. With a population of well over one billion people, they have a valid argument.

The Perfect Retirement Plan?

The Perfect Retirement Plan?

BY Reilly Financial Advisors / /

With the Savings Plan, you’ve been given the reins to take control of your future financial life, so what exactly do you need to know?

Ramadan is Coming!

Ramadan is Coming!

BY Jerry Hurych / /

Ramadan is coming! Here are some 'fun facts' and advice from our Muslim colleagues at the U.S. Consulate General in Dhahran.

Something Fishy on Cannery Row

Something Fishy on Cannery Row

BY Aramco ExPats / /

Organizers of this year’s Aramcon annuitants gathering in Monterey, California in October have some exciting activities planned. One that’s certain to prove memorable is a tour of the Monterey Bay Aquarium located on what was once known as Ocean View Avenue, but was renamed Cannery Row in recognition of Nobel Prize-winning author John Steinbeck.

U.S. Consulate Message For ALL Your Friends

U.S. Consulate Message For ALL Your Friends

BY Jerry Hurych / /

Extremely high or unusually hot temperatures can affect your health. On average, 675 deaths from extreme heat events occur each year in the United States. Most vulnerable are the elderly, those who work or exercise outdoors, infants and children, the homeless or poor, and people with a chronic medical condition.

Life in the Camel Lane

Life in the Camel Lane

BY Aramco ExPats / /

After 5 years being in the US, I have finally decided to complete the book I have been working on since I left Arabia in 2010. It seems like so many memories are fading and so in an effort to capture those, plus the vast experiences that so many of us had, I am winding up the writing and getting ready to publish “Life in the Camel Lane: Life is Portable – Live It Everywhere You Go!”

American Citizens Services Newsletter for April - June 2016

American Citizens Services Newsletter for April - June 2016

BY Jerry Hurych / /

As I have mentioned before in our town hall meetings, there are many hard working people here at the U.S. Embassy ready to help you with your needs and concerns. I hope your life has been made easier by our efforts to provide quality customer service and keep you informed about events in the country.

Khalid A. Al-Falih Named Energy Minister

Khalid A. Al-Falih Named Energy Minister

BY Aramco ExPats / /

In a major move reflective of the wide-ranging Vision 2030 plan announced last month, on Saturday the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Salman bin Abdulaziz named Saudi Aramco Chairman Khalid Al-Falih as Minister of Energy, Industry and Mineral Resources.

Helping Save a King’s Life

Helping Save a King’s Life

BY Aramco ExPats / /

How many of us can claim that we once helped save the life of the King of Saudi Arabia? Rhona Messinger can.

USA Federal Voting Day Approaching

USA Federal Voting Day Approaching

BY Jerry Hurych / /

As the Presidential primaries are wrapping up, make sure you are registered for absentee voting in the general election in November. Visit FVAP.gov for more information and feel free to reach out with all your voting questions!

Mike Keller Meets Saad Al-Shammari

Mike Keller Meets Saad Al-Shammari

BY Saudi Gazette / /

When Mike Keller sat next to Saad Al-Shammari to enjoy a traditional Saudi lamb feast in Abqaiq last week, generations of deep family ties that cross thousands of miles of land, ocean and cultures were reconnected.

Opening Day Arrives At Last!

Opening Day Arrives At Last!

BY Aramco ExPats / /

I played a mean softball short field in my Aramco days and, while I’ve long since hung up my cleats, I continue to follow the game. And I know I’m not the only ExPat out there that feels this way.

Scud Kids Remember

Scud Kids Remember

BY Aramco ExPats / /

Scud Kids remember growing up in a little town on the edge of a desert beside the sea with cookie-cutter houses and friends who became family. We remember the Gulf War when we carried gas masks to school and hid beneath our desks while air raid sirens wailed overhead.

USA Federal Income Tax Regulations

USA Federal Income Tax Regulations

BY Jerry Hurych / /

If you are a U.S. citizen or resident alien, the rules for filing income, estate, and gift tax returns and paying estimated tax are generally the same whether you are in the United States or abroad.

Saudi Arabia Travel Warning

Saudi Arabia Travel Warning

BY Jerry Hurych / /

The Department of State urges U.S. citizens to carefully consider the risks of traveling to Saudi Arabia. There continue to be reports of threats against U.S. citizens and other Westerners, as well as locations frequented by them.

USA Absentee Ballot Information

USA Absentee Ballot Information

BY Jerry Hurych / /

If you have not received a ballot from your State at least 30 days before the election you can vote in the upcoming election using the Federal Write-In Absentee Ballot (FWAB). The FWAB is a write-in backup ballot that can be completed for the election.

Insta-Lebanon: My Trip in Pictures

Insta-Lebanon: My Trip in Pictures

BY Mary Ashkar / /

Two weeks ago I was in Lebanon celebrating my dad’s birthday and spending time with my family. It had been almost 4 years since my last visit. A lot has changed but the most interesting difference for me was the ability to document my trip on Instagram!

The Legend of “The Lost City of Iram”

The Legend of “The Lost City of Iram”

BY Aramco ExPats / /

The Arabian Peninsula has been known as a land of many mysteries for thousands of years. At the center of some of its most enduring legends is the fabled city of Iram, also called Ubar, the capital of the Kingdom of Ad.