Searching for stories about the lives of the pioneers of the Eastern Province oil industry who led similar lives to her father's, AlDowayan embarked on the journey to explore a time in her father's life that was a mystery to her. She wanted to "own her past" in order to better understand her present. It was necessary for her to discover the personal history of those who dreamed of a better life in pre-modern Saudi Arabia. It was only then she could claim her identity and dream of a future. If I Forget You, Don't Forget Me is the promise AlDowayan made to explore and visualize her father's past in the accounts of his contamporaries; to envision a story he never had a chance to tell.
Manal AlDowayan: If I Forget You, Don't Forget Me