A Diamond in the Desert

A Diamond in the Desert

BY Aramco ExPats / /

“Diamante” is the Italian word for diamond. It also happens to be the last name of Giovanni Diamante, Badge Number 160876, a former senior trainer with Saudi Aramco who came to Ras Tanura in 1993 and worked for the company for the next four years as a teacher.

Palestine Olive Harvest Trip

Palestine Olive Harvest Trip

BY Lisa Jacobs and Raidah Ziadeh Hudson / /

In October 2017, a group of Aramco Brats went on an amazing tour of Jordan and Palestine and to visit Daily Hugz, a nonprofit animal sanctuary founded by fellow Aramco Brat, Maad Abu-Ghazalah (DH 1977).

Why Attend a Reunion, You Ask?

Why Attend a Reunion, You Ask?

BY Aramco ExPats / /

All too many years ago, when I was an impressionable freshman struggling to adjust to the demands of college academics, I was told a story about one of my professors noted for his unconventional exams. According to the tale I heard, one of his tests in a previous year consisted of a one-word question, “Why?”

Bristol in September: Come Visit a World’s 10 Best

Bristol in September: Come Visit a World’s 10 Best

BY Aramco ExPats / /

If you’re an inveterate world traveler (and what Aramcon worth their salt isn’t?) that’s never visited the United Kingdom city of Bristol, this article may interest you. If you’re also (or instead) one of the growing number of people keeping a bucket list for such things...

Tim Barger: Saudi Aramco-American had a Mission

Tim Barger: Saudi Aramco-American had a Mission

BY The Arabian Sun / /

Tim Barger died Feb. 15 at his home in Vista, California, leaving a legacy of projects to promote an awareness and understanding of the Middle East that grew out of his own deep roots in the Kingdom.

Reflections on the Olympic Games

Reflections on the Olympic Games

BY Aramco ExPats / /

The recently-concluded Winter Olympic Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea continued a tradition with roots dating back to the eighth century BCE and perhaps two or three centuries further back than that, depending on whose historical arguments you choose to believe.

A Little Girl from Natoma, Kansas - “A True Story”

A Little Girl from Natoma, Kansas - “A True Story”

BY Duane T. McCarthy / /

On March 13, 1944 a daughter was born to Pauline Maier Albrecht and Dietrich Albrecht. She was the youngest of eight children and the first to be born in a hospital. Her name was Dorothy. As a farmer’s daughter, Dorothy spent much of her childhood feeding chickens, milking cows, tending the garden and helping with other farming chores. More often than not, she was barefoot. 

Historic Al Hofuf

Historic Al Hofuf

BY Mark Lowey / /

Even before arriving in Saudi Arabia as a 22-year-old engineer on my first assignment, I was captivated by the ancient oasis town of Hofuf. It is mentioned in the Bible, and I had read that the old market hadn’t changed much for millennia, so it was one of the places I looked forward to visiting in the Middle East.

A Tribute to a Life Well Lived

A Tribute to a Life Well Lived

BY Aramco ExPats / /

Central to the greatness of Saudi Aramco are the talented and dedicated people upon whose shoulders the company has been built. Over the years, tens of thousands of Aramcons—Saudis and ExPats alike—have made manifold contributions to the company’s success.

From Aruba to the Red Sea and Back

From Aruba to the Red Sea and Back

BY Aramco ExPats / /

“Those of us who have survived the Saudi Aramco experience without needing therapy all have fantastic tales to tell.” So, in good humor, wrote Everard (Eddy) Edoo, Badge Number 168957, in a recent email to Aramco ExPats.

Association of Former Saudi Aramco Employees - Lahore, Pakistan

Association of Former Saudi Aramco Employees - Lahore, Pakistan

BY Aramco ExPats / /

On January 28, 2018, the Association of Former Saudi Aramco Employees of Lahore, Pakistan gathered for their 127th party at one of the finest hotels in Lahore - Tabbaq. As this was their 4th party of the year, family including children were invited to attend.

Arabian Gulf Fish Story

Arabian Gulf Fish Story

BY Aramco ExPats / /

Aramco annuitant Jimmy Churchill previously shared with us memorable experiences he had while living in Safaniya in the ’70s. Located off the Arabian Gulf coast north of Dhahran, Safaniya is famous as home to the largest offshore oil field in the world.

Shaikh Amin's Encounters with Aramcons: A Photo Series - Photo 8

Shaikh Amin's Encounters with Aramcons: A Photo Series - Photo 8

BY Aramco ExPats / /

Shaikh Amin, retired chief photographer of Aramco, recently went on his yearly tour of the USA to attend the annual Photographic Society of America conference and spend time with his family and friends. In this photo, Shaikh sits with his Aramco friend Bert Seal along with Bert's daughter Lynda and Lynda's husband Stephen.

A Nurse’s Memories of Life in the Kingdom

A Nurse’s Memories of Life in the Kingdom

BY Aramco ExPats / /

Anyone who once lived in Saudi Arabia while working for Aramco remembers the exceptional health care benefits the company provided. Those services reflected in the best possible way the company’s deep concern for the welfare of its people.

AramcoExPats.Com Turns 15 with A Smile

AramcoExPats.Com Turns 15 with A Smile

BY Arthur Clark / /

AramcoExpats.com, which is celebrating its 15th birthday this year, was an unexpected child. “I always had an interest in publishing, but never imagined I would end up in this field,” said Vicci Turner, who cofounded the digital publication for Aramcons past and present, and potential new employees, with her son Rusty Swayne in 2002. “Life is full of surprises!”

A World Map of Aramco ExPats

A World Map of Aramco ExPats

BY Aramco ExPats / /

In August 2016 we introduced readers to ZeeMaps.com, a website that allows groups of individuals to enter information about where they live—anywhere in the world. That information is then graphically illustrated by colored balloons on a scalable map of the world.

From the Great Lakes to the Sands of Arabia

From the Great Lakes to the Sands of Arabia

BY Aramco ExPats / /

"Knowledge is power. Information is liberating. Education is the premise of progress, in every society, in every family.” These are the words of Kofi Annan, former Secretary General of the United Nations and, more recently, joint U.N.-Arab League special envoy to Syria.

Shaikh Amin's Encounters with Aramcons: A Photo Series - Photo 7

Shaikh Amin's Encounters with Aramcons: A Photo Series - Photo 7

BY Aramco ExPats / /

Shaikh Amin, retired chief photographer of Aramco, recently went on his yearly tour of the USA to attend the annual Photographic Society of America conference and spend time with his family and friends. In this photo, Shaikh sits with his Aramco friend Mohammad Khokhar.