Saudi government concludes purchase of Aramco
The government increases its participation interest in Aramco's crude oil concession rights, production and facilities to 100%, with retroactive financial effect to 1976.
Professional Development Program (PDP) established
In its first year, the Professional Development Program (PDP) enrolls 400 employees. The program initially enrolls some expatriates but soon shifts its focus to encompass only Saudis. Enrollment in the program fluctuates throughout the decade, peaking at 910 in 1987.