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Desert Horizons
Description: An industrial film by Aramco about oil exploration in the Persian Gulf.
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Clip #: TFA-339B
Length: 28:41
Color: B/W
Sound: Sound
Library: TFA Network
Decade: 1950s
Region: Middle East
Country: Saudi Arabia
Subject: Oil
Original: 16mm
1950s, Saudi Arabia, Persian Gulf, American men being taught Arabic while Saudi Arabian men learn English, Dhahran, aerial, oil refineries with Saudi workers, drilling, Arabian Desert, windswept sands, reenactment American geologists traveling in Dhow to Saudi Arabia in 1933, Standard Oil, geologists looking through binoculars at “dome” in distance, bearded American geologists wearing Keffiyeh arriving at Jubail and being welcomed in name of King by Amir of Jubail, geologists being led into communal council and discussing potential oil resources with Amir, camel caravan with geologists setting forth into desert, camel train, Jebal Dhahran, camp set up at foot of hills, geologists setting up equipment and performing tests near hill, Saudi boy observing geologists at work, Muslim man praying in desert, ancient ruins, stairs, Ziggurat of Ur, trail between rocks, Petra, Treasury, Al-Khazneh, Mecca, Great Mosque of Mecca, minarets, domes, remnants of temple ruins in desert, footprints in windswept sand, reenactment 1902 Battle of Riyadh with Ibn Saud capturing Riyadh and killing Ibn Ajlan, Abdulaziz, Rashidi armed forces mobilizing and fighting Saudi rebels led by Ibn Saud, battle scenes, combat, Saudi–Rashidi War, Battle of Rawdat Muhanna, Ibn Saud battle flag being furled, Great Mosque of Mecca, Muslim man praying in desert, 1933, American geologists performing tests, Saudi boy observing geologists at work, Jebal Dhahran, permanent camp set up at foot of hills, oil workers mapping areas for drilling, test drilling near crest of Jebal Dhahran, Saudi men and American oil workers looking up at oil derricks, failed oil wells, 1939, oil tanker departing from Saudi Arabia, reenactment Ibn Saud watching from shore, American oil worker teaching skills to Saudi workers, Saudi Arabian oil workers walking to work and operating machinery, Ras Tanura refinery, Saudi and American oil workers working together, Aramco, additional oil fields, Trans-Arabian Pipeline being constructed and complete, oil drilling, oil town being constructed in desert, Ras Tanura refinery, Dhahran skyline, modern homes for American workers, children playing outside houses and in playground, man diving into outdoor swimming pool, men and women dancing outside at night, city street scenes with modern influence, seven mile long causeway along Persian Gulf, pier built by Aramco, port, cargo ships, Saudi Arabian workers and contractors, workers receiving wages, economic improvements, Saudi owned shops and businesses, wind swept desert, Ibn Saud reading aloud from papers, King Saud waving to onlookers, progress and modernization as a result of oil industry, policeman directing traffic, doctor examining boy’s throat, train, Saudi Arabian Airlines plane taking off, American men being taught Arabic while Saudi Arabian men learn English

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