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This Day in History (1974): New Oil Exhibit building nears completion

Designed by a Beirut architect, the building includes a theater, office space, and display rooms.

This Day in History (1974): New Oil Exhibit building nears completion

From the July 24, 1974, edition of The Arabian Sun

Finishing touches are now being added to the new Oil Exhibit building in Dhahran, which will be officially opened in September.


Designed by Louis Thabit of Beirut, the new exhibit incorporates classic Arabian design into a modern stressed concrete structure housing a theater and office space, as well as a display room where working models, graphs, and audio visual aids work together to relate the history, economics, and mechanics of the oil business.


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