Al Jubail, Eastern Province – information about my location

Posted: February 26, 2015 in 2015

I am based in Jubail in the Eastern Province – the most ‘liberal’ region of the country, due in part to the large number of expats working in large multi-national oil refineries, water distillation plants and heavy industries/commerce. The population living within the the built up areas of Khobar/Dammam/Jubail are afforded slightly more freedom and self expression then people throughout the Kingdom – outside of Riyadh which is also slightly more relaxed – being the ‘metropolitan’ capital that it is!!

Sat on the Persian Gulf – what used to be a small fishing town before the mid 70’s has now become home to the Middle East’s largest/world’s fourth largest petrochemical company. It has the world’s largest Independent Water and Power Project producing 2743.6 MW of electricity and 800,000 cubic metres of water daily (much of which I use for frequent showers!!)

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Driving home after work we pass mile after mile of complex steel structure, massive containers, inter-twined transit tubes, gas flare stacks which light up the night sky.

With the huge flames rocketing out the chimneys across the horizon I often think it resembles a scene from Tolkien’s fictional region of ‘Mordor’ occupied and controlled by ‘Sauron,’ either that or Dante’s ‘Inferno!

The town of Al-Jubail on the Persian Gulf coast of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has ancient roots. Human habitation dates back at least 7,000 years, when the people of Dilmun – whose civilization radiated up and down the Persian Gulf — established a settlement there. (Wikipedia)

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  1. Sandy says:

    Thanks for the update and the photo.

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