Saudi Aramco World July/Aug 2014 - page 2

July/August 2014
saudiaramcoworld.com
The
Dragons’
Road
to Rio
GoalieAsmirBegović
saudiaramcoworld.com
July/August 2014
Published Bimonthly Vol. 65, No. 4
Saudi Aramco, the energy company born as an
international enterprise more than 80 years ago,
distributes Saudi Aramco World to increase
cross-cultural understanding. The magazine’s goal is to
broaden knowledge of the cultures, history and geogra-
phy of the Arab and Muslim worlds and their
connections with the West. Saudi Aramco World is
distributed without charge, upon request, to a limited
number of interested readers.
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Publisher
Saudi Arabian Oil Company
(Saudi Aramco)
Dhahran, Saudi Arabia
President and CEO
Khalid A. Al-Falih
Executive Director
Corporate Affairs
Nasser A. Al-Nafisee
General Manager
Public Affairs
Essam Z. Tawfiq
Manager
Public Relations
Tareq M. Al-Ghamdi
Editor
Richard Doughty
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Émigré at age 3 and now a
top
uk
goalie, Asmir Begovi
ć
returned to his native
Bosnia to tend net for the
country’s World Cup dream.
“Representing Bosnia was
something I couldn’t turn
down,” he says. “I was born
here.” Portrait by Haris Memija.
Alaa Wardi, at center, teamed
up with friends at Riyadh-based
Telfaz11 this year to produce
a cover of Pharrell Williams’s
“Happy,” and last year he
released his first rock album
with his band Hayajan.
AlaaWardi
Goes Viral
Written by Jasmine Bager
A digital one-man band,
YouTube a cappella musician
Alaa Wardi has won millions
of hearts and likes from his
more than 30 videos, nearly
all self-produced at his
improvised home studio
in Riyadh.
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Written by Ana Carreño Leyva
“I am the garden that beauty
adorns / You will know my being /
if upon my beauty you gaze,” wrote
14th-century poet Ibn Zamrak of the
Alhambra palace and gardens in
Granada, Spain, as if foretelling the
centuries of artistic challenges and
epiphanies to follow among painters
from Granada and afar.
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The Dragons’
Road to Rio
Written by Omar Sacirbey
Photographed by Haris Memija
After earning their nation’s first
qualification to play at the World Cup,
16 players may do what peace-
keepers, politicians, diplomats and
foreign-aid workers couldn’t—unite
their war-scarred country.
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Gazing Upon Beauty
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9009 West Loop South
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USA
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Nabeel M. Amudi
Director
Public Affairs
Ali M. Al Mutairi
ditor
Richard Doughty
Assistant Editors
rthur P. Clark
Alva Robinson
ir l ti
tchings
i i tr ti
Sarah Miller
Intern
Mary K thryn Flores
Print Design
and Production
Graphic Engine Design
Printed in the USA
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Digital D sign
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