Exactly 80 years ago, in March of 1938, a Saudi Bedouin named Khamis bin Rimthan helped an American petroleum geologist to find the kingdom’s first oil well, known as ‘Dammam No. 7’.
On March 4, 1938, Steineke and Rimthan discovered oil well ‘Dammam No. 7’. The Americans were impressed with Rimthan’s talent, to the point where in his book, ‘Out in the Blue’, American geologist Thomas Barger wrote: “After we left the well, Khamis said he had never been there before. I asked him if that was the case how did he know where it was? Pointing to a couple of sand hills twelve miles away he said, “Do you see that hill over there? Do you see that one over there? One day I was on the first hill and a man told me that Ain al-Abd was this side of the other sand hill.”