The show premiered in North America in April 2011 and then made its way around the world. Its United Kingdom release in July 2011 proved to be a ratings hit, pulling in more than five times the number of regular viewers for the allocated time slot of 8 p.m.
Its success is in no small part due to the hard work and vision of Saudi Aramco.
Working with Icon Films, based in the U.K. and producers of the hit series River Monsters, two separate documentaries aimed at different audiences were developed.
The first, “Desert Seas,” captures the Kingdom’s unique marine ecosystem and is targeted to a global audience.
The second, shorter production, “Seas of Change,” documents our environmental stewardship efforts and is played at various exhibits and trade shows around the world.
Our Environmental Protection Department leveraged its extensive knowledge of the local marine and coastal environment to assist the film crew.
“Our marine scientists with site specific knowledge and the information we had accumulated over the years were crucial,” said Dr. Osama Fageeha from our Environmental Engineering division.
After 133 days of filming and countless hours in the editing studio, the two productions were completed; the final product was beyond expectations.
For Dr. Fageeha, both “Desert Seas” and “Seas of Change” have fulfilled their purpose of bringing the world’s attention to the Kingdom’s unique ecosystem and Saudi Aramco’s environmental stewardship.
“In the case of ‘Seas of Change,’ we were able to show that Saudi Aramco assigns high priority to environmental protection; it’s an integral part of our business right down to engineering design and the execution of company projects and operations.”
“Desert Seas” is currently being broadcast worldwide on National Geographic’s WILD and WILD HD Channels through 2014.