The Dhahran Geoscience Society (DGS) is a nonprofit organization based in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia. The society was founded in 1987 by a group of enthusiastic geologists who anticipated the need for a platform to share technical ideas and promote professional development within the local oil and gas exploration community. The founders originally named the society the Dhahran Geological Society, but in 1998, DGS became known as the Dhahran Geoscience Society in its transformation to a multidisciplinary organization encompassing geology, geophysics, and related sciences. The number of DGS members has increased constantly over the years, reaching 2,900 members with more than half currently active. DGS organizes regular monthly dinner and technical luncheon meetings in which technical and nontechnical keynote speakers are invited to share success stories. The meetings have featured locally, regionally, and internationally renowned scientists and executives from both academia and industry. To provide members with the opportunities to visit and explore areas of significant geologic and historic interests, DGS also organizes a number of field trips every year both inside and outside Saudi Arabia. In addition, DGS places an emphasis on young professional and student members by designing special events and programs to fulfill their aspirations. In its endeavor to nurture and cultivate scientific development within the geoscience community, DGS not only organizes and sponsors specialized workshops on a variety of technical topics, but also cosponsors the quarterly peer-reviewed journal, GeoArabia. DGS also publishes The Oil Drop, a quarterly newsletter providing technical information on geology and geophysics, upcoming events, and field trips. Membership of the Dhahran Geoscience Society is open to all Eastern Province geoscientists. The Dhahran Geoscience Society is an affiliated society of the Society of Exploration Geophysicists (SEG), the American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG), and the European Association of Geoscientists and Engineers (EAGE).


The main mission of the Dhahran Geoscience Society is to provide technical and professional development for its members in the domain of exploration for, and development of, petroleum and mineral resources within Saudi Arabia.


The vision of the Dhahran Geoscience Society is to be a globally-recognized professional society that enables regional oil and gas geoscience professionals to share technical knowledge needed to meet the world’s energy needs in a safe and environmentally responsible manner.