Heart and Soul: A Memoir


In this memoir, Al-Baluchi candidly shares his experiences of family, student and working life, drawing out important lessons learned along the way. In both his own words and through testimonials from friends and colleagues, Al-Baluchi offers some unique personal insights, from the challenges of navigating a foreign work culture to the nurturing of lifelong global friendships.

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“If the global Aramco family had a father figure, then surely that person is Ali Al-Baluchi … no one has done more to bring us all together to celebrate our common experience as Aramcons”
Amin Nasser, CEO of Saudi Aramco

“Anyone who has ever spent 10 minutes with Ali Baluchi can testify to his dynamic personality, his charisma, and his tremendous level of energy”
H.E. Ali Al-Naimi, Advisor to the Royal Court Former Minister of Petroleum and Minerals (1995–2016)

“A much-loved link between the retirees and the huge Saudi Aramco of today.”

Frank Jungers, Former President, Chairman and CEO of Aramco (1971–78) and author of The Caravan Goes On: How Aramco and Saudi Arabia Grew Up Together

“Ali is generous, perceptive and always considerate… driving creativity and leading initiatives of multicultural significance that bring friends together despite the challenges of life.”
Dr. Ahmed Al-Shuwaikhat, member of the Shura Council of Saudi Arabia.



  • Ali Mohammed Al-Baluchi

    Ali Mohammed Al-Baluchi was born in Saudi Arabia soon after the Unification. His life story is set against the backdrop of an Eastern Province and desert kingdom developing rapidly through decades of great change. The son of a customs house guard, Al-Baluchi started work as an office boy for Aramco in 1949. Eventually retiring as a general manager in 1990, he earned two college degrees along the way. Since then, he has continued as a force for change in local business, community and sporting arenas. He is perhaps most notable for his service in the causes of both Saudi national and expatriate retirees.

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Weight 0.8 kg
Dimensions 23.4 × 3 × 15.6 cm


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