‘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.

Authentic Whirling Dervishes: Part 10 of Distant Arabia

Authentic Whirling Dervishes: Part 10 of Distant Arabia

BY Tim Barger / /

Filmed by Aramco Brat and Aramcon Doug Webb at the ancient Sufi school in Aleppo, Syria during a visit in the mid-80s, this video is a crowd-pleaser. The dervishes dance to a drum accompaniment that is centuries old.

Tales of the Bedouin - Part II

Tales of the Bedouin - Part II

BY Mark Lowey / /

For centuries, Saudi Bedouins have passed down their rich oral and poetic storytelling traditions. Their elders have recounted and embellished vivid tales of bravery, skill, and family values, often over a glowing campfire...

Out in the Blue: Part 9 of Distant Arabia

Out in the Blue: Part 9 of Distant Arabia

BY Tim Barger / /

In this clip excerpted with permission from the documentary The Prize: The Epic Quest for Oil, Money and Power based on the book of the same name by Daniel Yergin, the story of Tom Barger’s first journey to Saudi Arabia is related through his movies and letters.

Gymkhana in Saudi Arabia: Part 8 of Distant Arabia

Gymkhana in Saudi Arabia: Part 8 of Distant Arabia

BY Tim Barger / /

Filmed by Aramcon Dean Cantrell in the mid-60s this clip opens with a mare and her filly. At 0:20 riders from the Hobby Farm pass in a 4th of July parade. At 0:26 is Sher Lyn Cruise, followed by Lynn Martin, Patricia Dixon...

Tales of the Bedouin - Part I

Tales of the Bedouin - Part I

BY Mark Lowey / /

For centuries, Saudi Bedouins have passed down their rich oral and poetic storytelling traditions. Their elders have recounted and embellished vivid tales of bravery, skill, and family values, often over a glowing campfire...

Campouts and Flubber Pancakes: Vignette from '3,001 Arabian Days'

Campouts and Flubber Pancakes: Vignette from '3,001 Arabian Days'

BY Rick Snedeker / /

Growing up in Dhahran, I was trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean and reverent. Except maybe for obedient, thrifty and, almost certainly, brave. As a Boy Scout, after all, I took our Scout Law seriously. Sort of.

Death in the Afternoon: Vignette from '3,001 Arabian Days'

Death in the Afternoon: Vignette from '3,001 Arabian Days'

BY Rick Snedeker / /

Tragedy seemed somehow inappropriate in perpetually sunny Dhahran, like the sudden death of a child on a bright, carefree afternoon. Indeed, only rarely did the horsemen of private apocalypse deign to descend on our community.

Dhahran: the Oasis: Vignette from '3,001 Arabian Days'

Dhahran: the Oasis: Vignette from '3,001 Arabian Days'

BY Rick Snedeker / /

Amid East-coast Saudi Arabia’s desolate terrain, Dhahran, barely two or three miles square, stood out, a green exclamation in the endless tan. Even by the early 1950s, Dhahran’s camp forest of imported, multinational trees...

Khobar, Going to Town: Vignette from '3,001 Arabian Days'

Khobar, Going to Town: Vignette from '3,001 Arabian Days'

BY Rick Snedeker / /

In the old days, the only other pockets of “civilization” in the area besides Dhahran were the indigenous Saudi towns of Dammam and Al-Khobar, one hour and 15 minutes away, respectively, and the Aramco camps of Ras Tanura...

The Saudi Adventure Begins: Vignette from '3,001 Arabian Days'

The Saudi Adventure Begins: Vignette from '3,001 Arabian Days'

BY Rick Snedeker / /

By 1950 the horrors of World War II had largely receded, and America dominated the brave new, post-war world. The promising oilfields wildcatted just before the war by American geologists in the arid, menacing Arabian wastelands...