In September 1979, Mark Lowey completed a two-year stint working in the oil fields of the Eastern Province in Saudi Arabia. Afterwards, as a solo backpacker, then 24-year-old Mark spent three months exploring Nepal and India, and then headed to Sri Lanka, the island nation below the southern tip of India.
Join host Peter Greenberg as he explores the hidden gems in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia that few have ever seen, including Riyadh, Jeddah, AlUla, the Red Sea, the Red Dunes, and more.
Flowers, and nature at large, hold the ability to evoke many emotions in us. The saturation and vibrancy of its colors can produce a healing effect on the mind. Life in Dhahran was bright — quite literally, and herein lies the biggest contradiction.
The "Desert Divas" have had an annual reunion since 2002. This year we met in Savannah, GA. The photo was taken in front of the infamous fountain in Forsyth Park. We never run out of fond memories. From left to right Rita Steininger, Donna Jones, Diane Burgoyne, Sue Foster, Carol Dachelet, Becky Sigmon, Patti Fleming, Lee Theil, Nanette Langan, Stephanie Jones, Nancy Vance, Sharon O'Brien, Hedy Orkney.
Aramco "grannies", Karen Fallon and Jo Watts present the storybook When Camels Sing, dedicated to all Brats. The book features the indomitable equines of the desert, camels, and tells the story of Abdullah's herd of young camels and the colorful adventure they have on a bright and sunny day. These camels, each with a different and distinctive personality, experience an event that may never have been experienced in the desert.
For the fourth time in four years, always around the month of May, our mourning dove returns to our tree and her nest by the side of our RiverWalk West Palm Beach, Florida house. She has laid an egg or two and is now nesting again. We noticed her this past Saturday, May 27th.
King Abdulaziz Center for World Culture Shares its Unique Place in the Middle East's Shifting Landscape
From growing the tourism sector to cultivating the venture capital and private equity scene, the Middle East is undergoing social and infrastructural changes to lay the foundation for a sustainable future. This was the main topic of discussion during the 20th Middle East Annual Conference in London earlier in May...
When I first went to live in Riyadh in 1989, I learned only a few basic Arabic words and phrases. But on returning to California in the early 2000’s, I immersed myself in a two-month intensive summer program learning Modern Standard Arabic, known as Al Fusha, at University of California Berkeley.
On 23 May 2023, several Aramcon’s travelled to Johnson City and Fredericksburg, TX to chew the fat and have some wine that was not homemade. The weather was perfect and everyone was reminiscing about the good ole days in Saudi.
I grew up in Kuwait. Oil had been discovered in the Burgan oil field in February 1938, and in the following years, Kuwait Oil Company (KOC) (now a subsidiary of Kuwait Petroleum Company) started recruiting British and Commonwealth workers.
After nearly eight decades, the US Consulate in Dhahran is moving from its well-known spot near the King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals to another state-of-the-art compound a short drive away. The new location is on the corner of Salah Addin Al-Ayoubi Road and Abu l’baba Al-Aslami Street, just off King Saud bin Abdulaziz Road.
Retired Aramcon Andrew J. Guinosso wrote Rules of the Road for Men offering some "common-sense rules of the road that will serve most men well in these tumultuous times regardless of education, pay grade or previous life experience."
A big part of the third culture kid identity is determining for yourself how that identity lives inside of you and which portals it utilizes for self-expression. Writing is surely one of those portals for me, but I’m learning as of late that cooking is also another portal through which I share my love for culture.
71-year-old Everard has been living in Aruba since retiring. His last contact with family in the UK was on Friday 31st March 2023, stating that he was planning a walk, most likely from Alto Vista Chapel car park that afternoon, heading towards the sea. He has not been seen or heard from since.
The Aramco Retiree Golf Group held their eighth overall and first 2023 event in Ponte Vedra, Florida at the Sawgrass Marriott Golf Resort & Spa, March 27-31, 2023. It was a fun-filled 5-days of activities including four rounds of golf at TPC Sawgrass Stadium and Dye’s Valley courses, World Golf Village Slammer & Squire, and King & Bear golf courses.
A host of floral and fragrant events and attractions are set to welcome visitors to this year’s Taif Rose Festival. Organized by the Ministry of Culture, the event runs from April 21 to May 5. Taif is regarded as the leading producer of rose fragrances in the Middle East, with about 900 farms producing more than 300 million blooms from March to April every year.
Mosques and historical monuments in Madinah have proved a big hit during the Eid Al-Fitr holidays, attracting huge numbers of visitors. Visiting mosques and monuments is part of the tour program for the millions of visitors Madinah receives a year due to its high religious status as the site of the Prophet’s Mosque, one of the Two Holy Mosques.
First, some observations about what has and hasn’t changed since I was last in Kingdom in 1990. The first and most obvious change is how women are adapting to increasing freedoms and cultural changes. Women greeted us from behind the immigration desk when we arrived. Women are working.
In September 1979, Mark Lowey completed a two-year stint working in the oil fields of the Eastern Province in Saudi Arabia. Before returning home to the U.S., Mark spent the next three months as a solo backpacker exploring Nepal and India, and then headed to Sri Lanka, the island nation below the southern tip of India.
Greetings! Amira and I are delighted to know that you are gathering here in Southampton for the 8th UK Aramcons reunion and sharing your memories with each other about your days living and working for Aramco. You will see amongst each other some familiar faces, people who shared their knowledge and experience in developing Saudi Arabia.