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This Day in History (1963): Oil Exhibition Opens at Tabuk

Officials gather to official open Aramco's Mobile Oil Exhibition.

This Day in History (1963): Oil Exhibition Opens at Tabuk

From the Jan. 30, 1963, edition of the Sun and Flare


HE Shaikh 'Abd al-'Aziz al-' Abd Allah as-Sudayri, deputy Amir of Tabuk, officially opened Armaco's Mobile Oil Exhibition here on Tuesday.


Tabuk is located inland from the Gulf of Aqaba near the Jordan border, some 840 miles west northwest of Dhahran and 500 miles north northwest of Jiddah.


J.H. Ellender, acting general manager of Government Relations, led a group of 26 Aramco employees to the opening and gave the welcoming speech. In his address, Ellender noted that "... residents of Tabuk are the heirs of a very ancient tradition of commerce and cultural relations with the rest of the Arabian Peninsula."


Ellender also commented, "In the days of the Jahaliyah, your city was one of the main stations on the trade route from the south to north. In the time of the Prophet (PBUH), Tabuk marked the northern frontier of Arabia against the Byzantine Empire."


Municipality officials and local dignitaries were honored guests. Ali Ganadiely, Public Relations representative in charge of the exhibit, introduced the speakers.


This is the farthest north the exhibit has ever been shown. Since it was started some five years ago, the exhibit has been visited by more than half a million people in Riyadh, Jiddah, Hofuf, Tayif, Buraidah, Jazan, Abha, and Yanbu'. Some 53,000 guests attended the previous exhibition in Yanbu'


The exhibit will close in Tabuk about Feb. 12 and move to its next site at Hayil.


Caption for top photo: Deputy Amir HE Shaikh 'Abd al-'Aziz al-' Abd Allah as-Sudayri, assisted by Ali Ganadiely (left) and J.H. Ellender (right) cuts the ribbon to open Aramco's Oil Exhibit in Tabuk.


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