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Excerpted from the United Arab Emirates Guide.

The UAE is one of the world’s leading producers of oil and gas. The country is home to approximately eight percent of global proven reserves of oil and five percent of natural gas, the vast majority of which are found in Abu Dhabi. The Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC) and its 14 operating companies are expanding output from 2.7 million barrels per day (mbd) to 3.5 mbd, and developing downstream industries including petrochemicals and plastics, according to the US Commercial Service. Abu Dhabi’s oil and gas reserves are found both onshore and offshore. Furthermore, the oil sector has long been the backbone of Abu Dhabi’s economy, accounting for 80 percent of government revenues and providing the necessary capital to fund its industrial and financial services sector.

Certification and Educational Requirements

Like other industries, the petroleum industry needs professionals with the relevant degrees/diplomas, especially in the field of engineering. However, the oil companies in the UAE, to a great extent, provide apprenticeship training to new entrants.

Organization and Trade Unions

Society of Petroleum Engineers
The Society of Petroleum Engineers is the world’s largest individual-member organization for managers, engineers, scientists and other professionals in the “upstream segment of the oil and gas industry.” The organization’s mission is to “collect, disseminate, and exchange technical knowledge concerning the exploration, development and production of oil and gas resources, and related technologies for the public benefit; and to provide opportunities for professionals to enhance their technical and professional competence.” There are two sections in the UAE.

SPE Abu Dhabi Section
Contact information is available on the website.

SPE Northern Emirates Section
Contact information is available on the website.

Society of Petroleum Engineers, Middle East, North Africa and India Office
PO Box 215959
Dubai, UAE
Tel: +971 4 390 3540
Fax: +971 4 366 4648
Email: spedub@spe.org


Oil & Gas Middle East
A publication of the ITP Publishing Group, publisher of more than 80 weekly and monthly magazines in the UAE, Oil & Gas Middle East is a monthly magazine that delivers news, data, analysis and opinion for the region's most prominent industry. The publication is designed to give readers an overview of the month's major industry news, while offering insight on what's happening behind the headlines. Its online portal offers registered users access to a range of industry-related e-mail newsletters and additional online services. Jobseekers can find employment opportunities at http://www.arabianoilandgas.com/jobs, as well as articles about employment and industry news and analyses.

Oil and Gas Middle East Magazine
PO Box 500024
Dubai, UAE
Tel: +971 4 444 3000

Fax: + 971 4 444 3030

This is just a sample of what you'll find in the complete United Arab Emirates Guide.

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