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Let the Caravan continue, Aramco

Turki Aldakhil

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I do not think anyone doubts that Aramco is the most important Saudi national company considering it is the biggest energy company in the world. Perhaps the idea of an initial public offering has sparked interest and triggered discussions among those who love or hate the company and those who offer unsolicited advice or criticize it.

Aramco has made significant social contribution and the work culture it has built over the years is evident in the entire eastern province and its neighboring regions. Owing to the company’s efficient contribution, this region has become one of the most productive across the country.

If a study is conducted on the majority of people who wake up in the early hours of the morning, Aramco will stand out with excellence. “Bless my nation in its early-risers.”

Saudi Aramco has contributed immensely toward enriching the country by improving its quality of education, medicine and helping the process of urbanization

Turki Aldakhil

Cultural contributions

The giant oil company’s contributions have expanded to include cultural aspects. The most recent, albeit not the last, has been the cultural and artistic masterpiece King Abdulaziz Center for World Culture, which enriches the culture, art, and intellectual scene in Saudi Arabia.

Saudi Aramco has contributed immensely toward enriching the country by improving its quality of education, medicine and helping the process of urbanization.

The contributions made by Aramco do not end here as the company has been publishing Qafilah (Caravan), a magazine on culture, for decades. Qafilah’s approach is different from most other magazines. It discusses various topics in a remarkable way but exclusively for Aramco employees and those close to them.

We appeal to Aramco and call upon them to publish Qafilah across the country, as it is your duty toward us. Publish Qafilah so that it benefits people during these times when nuisance is omnipresent and the quality of content has deteriorated.

This article is also available in Arabic.
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Turki Aldakhil is the General Manager of Al Arabiya News Channel. He began his career as a print journalist, covering politics and culture for the Saudi newspapers Okaz, Al-Riyadh and Al-Watan. He then moved to pan-Arab daily Al-Hayat and pan-Arab news magazine Al-Majalla. Turki later became a radio correspondent for the French-owned pan-Arab Radio Monte Carlo and MBC FM. He proceeded to Elaph, an online news magazine and Alarabiya.net, the news channel’s online platform. Over a ten-year period, Dakhil’s weekly Al Arabiya talk show “Edaat” (Spotlights) provided an opportunity for proponents of Arab and Islamic social reform to make their case to a mass audience. Turki also owns Al Mesbar Studies and Research Centre and Madarek Publishing House in Dubai. He has received several awards and honors, including the America Abroad Media annual award for his role in supporting civil society, human rights and advancing women’s roles in Gulf societies. He tweets @TurkiAldakhil.

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