4491-B: Vignette from '3,001 Arabian Days'

4491-B: Vignette from '3,001 Arabian Days'

BY Rick Snedeker / /

4491-B. Our house. Ours was one among 12 identical and nondescript single-story dwellings in two linear strings of six duplexes each directly facing each other in our immediate neighborhood, like opposing armies in a battlefield diagram.

Local Color: Vignette from '3,001 Arabian Days'

Local Color: Vignette from '3,001 Arabian Days'

BY Rick Snedeker / /

My memories of Dhahran often resemble wispy snippets of dreams, lacking linear structure or coherent narrative. Just random gauzy images, glimpses of fleeting emotion, stories with half-finished sentences despite having been retold ad infinitum over the dining table throughout my childhood, and unconscious embellishments slapped on as afterthoughts from my id.

‘Houseboys’ and Servitude: Vignette from '3,001 Arabian Days'

‘Houseboys’ and Servitude: Vignette from '3,001 Arabian Days'

BY Rick Snedeker / /

For many Aramcons, servants personified “the good life” in Dhahran. These ever-present helpers performed all the onerous domestic chores everyone abhors, and prepared food and served guests at Aramco communities’ endless, labor-intensive parties.

Tales of the Bedouin – Part IX: Travels with Stephen, Part 2

Tales of the Bedouin – Part IX: Travels with Stephen, Part 2

BY Mark Lowey / /

“Let’s go to Kuwait.” ... “What do you mean?” I asked. ... “We’ll drive to Kuwait on Thursday.” In Steve’s mind, Thursday afternoon would be optimal, as it was the beginning of the weekend, and Fridays were our only full day off...

Before Saudi Arabia: 1948 - 1949

Before Saudi Arabia: 1948 - 1949

BY Bob Waters / /

I went to Stanford University for two years and then quit to enlist in the Army Air Corp. After being discharged from the Air Corp in December 1945, I started working for Standard Oil in California, but after a year with Standard Oil I got as far as I could go without a degree. So, I went back to Stanford from February 1947 to June 1948.

Tales of the Bedouin - Part VIII: Travels with Stephen Part 1

Tales of the Bedouin - Part VIII: Travels with Stephen Part 1

BY Mark Lowey / /

Coming straight out of university from California at age 22, my move to Saudi Arabia and life in a typical Abqaiq contractors camp was initially a challenge. Located across the road from the well-appointed Aramco community...

Saudi Arabia: 1949 - 1951 (Part II)

Saudi Arabia: 1949 - 1951 (Part II)

BY Bob Waters / /

As soon as old Man Wallace returned in the latter part of 1949, I got a new assignment working with the Petroleum Engineers. My job was to check out wellhead pressures on all the wells in the Dammam Field, which was about 40 at that time.

Beneath Saudi Sands

Beneath Saudi Sands

BY Aramco ExPats / /

In 1932, a 37-year-old engineer employed by the Standard Oil Company of California (Socal) made a habit of climbing the highest point on the island of Bahrain, about 20 miles across the Persian Gulf from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

Tales of the Bedouin - Part VII: A Mother’s Journey Part 2

Tales of the Bedouin - Part VII: A Mother’s Journey Part 2

BY Mark Lowey / /

In the years that followed her arrival in Ain Dar in the autumn of 1948, Hamsah and Mohammed lived according to an annual rhythm, summering in Ain Dar village and moving to grazing areas with the herds for the rest of the year.

‘The Cricketer’

‘The Cricketer’

BY Al-Ayyam A-Jamilah, Aramco Americas / /

Naushad Shah was just four years old when he left Saudi Arabia with his family in 1978 upon the death of his father, Aramcon Yousaf Shah. However, tales of his dad’s fearsome batting on company cricket fields...

Journey to the Hejaz: Wahba Crater and Beyond - Part II

Journey to the Hejaz: Wahba Crater and Beyond - Part II

BY Carol Colly / /

We got up at 8:00 A.M. It was still windy, but the sky was clear. While climbing on the lava, Ron saw a long, skinny, brown snake. A herd of goats and sheep came through the camp and everyone took pictures of them. The Zbitowskys followed them...

Journey to the Hejaz: Wahba Crater and Beyond - Part I

Journey to the Hejaz: Wahba Crater and Beyond - Part I

BY Carol Colly / /

The object of this trip was to visit the Wahba Crater and the Mahad ad Dahab Gold Mine. Our returning-student children, Pam and Steven, were with Wally and I. We traveled with Ron, Celeste, Britanny, and Holly Zbitowsky...

Saudi Arabia: 1949 - 1951 (Part I)

Saudi Arabia: 1949 - 1951 (Part I)

BY Bob Waters / /

Our flight plan from New York included many stops for refueling; first in Newfoundland, then to Lisbon, Portugal for an overnight to let the flight crew get some rest, onto Rome, Italy, Beirut, Lebanon and finally Dhahran, Saudi Arabia. The overnight in Portugal was fun.

Dhahran in the Summer of 1965: Part 11 of Distant Arabia

Dhahran in the Summer of 1965: Part 11 of Distant Arabia

BY Tim Barger / /

Filmed by Peter Benjamin, this film shows the familiar landmarks of Dhahran beginning with the Gateway to Safety. The Mail Center is seen at 0:33, the commissary at 0:48, followed by the Ad Building and the Dining Hall. At 1:11 the scene cuts to the Swimming Pool and the returning students lounging in the sun.