Suliman joined Aramco in Dhahran just one year prior to the monumental discovery of oil there in commercial quantities. He was in the right place at the right time.
He continued working for the company during World War II, when oil became a global strategic asset.
Then, in April 1947, King Abdul Aziz Al Saud made a historic visit to Aramco headquarters in Dhahran. Suliman, by then a company liaison and translator, was in the center of it all.
Photo: Suliman (front row, third from left) stands between King Abdul Aziz and James MacPherson, Aramco’s Resident Administrative Officer.