Benny and Carol Cespedes were visiting Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina, famous for its now-rebuilt Stari Most bridge between religious communities, this spring when their home in Austin, Texas, burned in a wildfire.
When Michael Canady retired, he returned to his hometown of Chicago, bought half a flower shop and set up a chocolate company. Now he’s teaching as well as making delicious truffles, pralines and bark.
Some big players in the world economy visited the Khurais Field on Oct. 16 to learn about Saudi Aramco’s role in energy security.
A total of 386 retirees, family members and friends attended the 27th Saudi Aramco Annuitants Reunion, Orlando “Hafla” 2010, held Oct. 1-4. The Florida get together lived up to its name, turning out to be a dandy “family” gathering.
In the closing days of WWII, a camel left Hofuf bearing an unusual load. In one saddlebag it carried a tiny chestnut colt; in the other was a 55-gallon oil drum filled with water. The colt was gift from Amir Sa‘ud ibn Jiluwi, governor of the Eastern Province, to six-year-old Stevie Furman…
More than 750 people turned out for the 2009 Brats Reunion on Memorial Day weekend, May 21-24, in Los Angeles, arriving by plane, car and—in one case—motor scooter for what was probably the first such gathering held just a block away from the Arrivals Hall.
Saudi Aramco recently installed 36 permanently moored buoys around the coral-reef islands of Jana, Karan and Kurayn to protect vital coral reefs. The buoys are one way Saudi Aramco demonstrates its environmental stewardship, its role in environmental protection and citizenship.
The concept of “reunion” is not as simple as it first appears. Witness the remarkable 2nd KSA Expatriate Saudi Aramco Reunion, which unrolled March 9-19, the latest I’ve been honored to attend in a chain of company-linked gatherings that now spans 62 years.
Mollie Kennedy Brooks cried. Steve Furman sported a mile-wide grin. And Caryll Hayden Goodale fainted. Those were just a few of the reactions of the 29 “kids” who shook hands with King Abdullah ibn ‘Abd al-‘Aziz onMay 20 in Dhahran, 61 years after meeting his father, King ‘Abd al-‘Aziz, at almost exactly the same spot.
In Nabeul, even the butcher shops are decorated with multicolored tiles. A hugely oversized, colorfully glazed jar rises in the center of the city's main traffic circle, making it clear that Nabeul is all about pottery. Walk the streets and you'll think you've stumbled into an outlet mall devoted to pottery and ceramics.
In late 1948, when young Amy Ward was visiting her parents’ home in Short Hills, N.J., her father suggested that she apply for a job at Aramco, whose predecessor Casoc (the California Arabian Standard Oil Company) he’d known many years before.
One soggy afternoon in late 1935, a stranger stepped out of the rain into the lobby of Superior Oil’s west coast headquarters in Los Angeles, Calif. 'Joe Mountain to see Russ Gerow,' he announced.
Some 400 Saudi Aramco annuitants, retirees, Brats and business contacts turned out at the National Aquarium in Baltimore, Md., in October for the third annual retiree reception and dinner hosted by the Washington, D.C., office of Aramco Services Company. The event was part of the company’s program to help maintain the strong connection between Saudi Aramco and its retirees.
More than 500 retirees, dependents and friends turned out for the Saudi Aramco Annuitants Silver Reunion held May 29 - June 1 in Branson, MO.
Place one tenacious construction manager who also happens to be a discriminating collector of antique maps and prints in the Eastern Province on bachelor status. Then let this “quiet adventurer” loose in the suqs of Saudi Arabia for a couple of years’ worth of Fridays in the late 1970s, and voila – you’ve got a unique collection of craftwork and a book to boot.
DHAHRAN, SAUDI ARABIA (December 11, 2005) - Saudi Aramco recently took a group of educators from schools around the United States out for a spin around Saudi Arabia, exhibiting the best of what the country has to offer its citizens and the world.
Another important step recently was taken in Saudi Arabia's industrialization drive with the beginning of construction of Saudi Aramco's Hawiyah Natural Gas Liquids (NGL) Project, which will add hundreds of thousands of barrels of petrochemical feedstock daily to the industrial cities of Jubail on the Arabian Gulf and Yanbu' on the Red Sea.
Embraced by the stone wall, greeting and guarding, the oleanders, "rose-bays," with blossoms in bunches, clumps of small cups, pink or white, deep green, sand dusted laurel leaves, pointed, narrow, isolate each from each, the beautiful poisonous leaves and blossoms delighting the eye, oleandre, oleandro, oleandrum, lorandrum, these became out of bushes trees beside the door, beside the gate, where you entered, where you went out.
If good international relationships are developed on good individual relationships, the 70-year-plus ties between the United States and Saudi Arabia would seem to be in good shape after an eight-day visit of 12 retired Saudi Aramco employees and family members that ended March 5.