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ADNOC organizes the

Ruwais ‘Sustainable

Living’ Campaign 01

ADCO awards a US$ 560

million - contract to

NPCC to boost production 04

ADNOC’s first ‘International

Digital Oilfield

Conference 2010’ on

smart oil field practices

kicks off 07

ADNOC conducts Mock Evacuation Drill

at its Head Office

A student delegation from

US-based Indiana University visits ADNOC

Mubarak Al Mehairbi: we have an integrated strategy for Emiratisation

that focuses on training and developing a UAE national

cadre for the energy sector

ADNOC, ADCO & GASCO

Discuss Plans for Boosting Gas Production

PI students visits NDC Onshore Rig

Cover photo

Mock Evacuation Drill

at HQ

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Health, Safety and Environment

Mr. Mohammed S. Al Qubaisi, Director of Human Resources and Administration at ADNOC, opening the exhibition

ADNOC organizes the Ruwais

‘Sustainable Living’ Campaign

In its pursuit toward a better health, safer and cleaner environment for achieving sustainability,

ADNOC and its Group of Companies organized the 7th Ruwais Campaign,

which included an exhibition and a variety of activities, on health, safety and environment

under the theme ‘Sustainable Living’ from March 21 to 24 – an event considered by organizers

and participants to be different from previous campaigns by captivating people

from a wider range of ages and professional specialties.

Mohammed S. Al Qubaisi, Director

of Human Resources and Administration

at ADNOC, opened the exhibition

that had attracted participation from

government, private, non-profit and volunteers

institutions such as Quick Inter-

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vention Unit Ruwais, Municipality of

Western Region (Gharbia), Visual Advertising,

Gulf International, Trading

Group, Recycle Waste Re-treatment

Company, Ducab, Astra Zeneca, Environment

Trends Society, Emirates

Wildlife Society, Environment Agency

Abu Dhabi, Hadeer Projects and Enviornment

Systems, Emirates Foundation

for Philanthropy, Al Baker Trading,

Health Authority Abu Dhabi, Al Rahmeh

Chinese Medical Center, National


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Corporation for Tourism and Hotels

and ADNOC & its Group of Companies

“I would like to thank Mr. Mohammed

S, Al Qubaisi for attending

this event. We are very thankful to all

participating parties from the government,

private, non-profit sectors and

volunteers in line with the guidance of

HH Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al

Nahyan, President of the UAE, that economical

development and environment

protection should go hand in hand and

must achieve sustainable development

on a priority basis for the present and future

to ensure human welfare today and

in the future,” said Essa S. Al Qamzi,

manager of Ruwais Housing Division.

“This year’s campaign comes under the

theme ‘Sustainable Living’ which is

aimed at promoting the sustainable concepts

in their three elements namely

economic, social and environmental targeting

people from all worlds of life such

as decision makers, professionals, students

and the family. Promoting sustainability

requires our attention to the

private sector to market technologies

and programs that reflect such concept

and on the government sector to adapt

investment policies to encourage this

type of products and services.”

Mohammed Al Amin, head of HSE

at ADCO Jabel Al Dhanna, said:

“ADNOC is committed to organize

such campaigns in Gharbia for all operating

companies in the region and the

UAE as a whole. For oil companies, environment

has a top priority and since

ADCO is the producer of oil in Gharbia

region, ADCO has set all programs to

reach a zero pollution emission.” he said.

“From 2008 to 2009, we have reduced

contaminations by 10% and in 2010

compared to 2009, we aim to bring reductions

by at least 5%”, he added.

There will be two tankers on the area

level with a capacity of 450 gallons each,

which will be shared among all

Mr. Mohammed S. Al Qubaisi, opening speech

Mr. Mohammed S. Al Qubaisi, touring the exhibition

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Health, Safety and Environment

ADNOC operating companies in the

area. He pointed out that such tankers

will be used in case of any non-friendly

oil spills. Also, ADCO has set all the programs

that will create maximum awareness

on HSE requirements such as toll

free numbers. So, when anybody observes

anything non-friendly to the environment,

he feels free to call in order

for companies to take action promptly.”

Sultan Al Bigishi, Deputy Refinery

Manager at Ruwais Refinery Division,

said: “This year theme was meant to be

this way since it includes the three elements

needed for sustainability; economic,

social and environmental

aspects. It was nice to see a play conducted

by a UAE school in exposing the

issue of obesity and diabetes and the Indian

School performance exposing the

impact of human behavior on water

preservation and the environment.”

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I hope this year’s

campaign will be a step

forward toward

increasing and strengthening

cooperation

between Emirates

Foundation and ADNOC

on sustainability


Dr. Lamya Faisal Mohamed

“This year oil companies are represented

by one pavillion. This gave more space

for the presence of institutions and departments

from the government and

private sectors and the kind of activities

engaging schools and the community.”

“I would like to thank ADNOC for its

efforts in organizing this campaign. the

objectives of the campaign are in line

with those of Emirates Foundation in

underscoring the importance of sustainable

developments and awareness of environment

preservation,” said Dr.

Lamya Faisal Mohamed, head of Environmental

Program at Emirates Foundation

for Philanthropy. She highlighted

the current cooperation between the

foundation and ADNOC subsidiary,

GASCO, by referring to the annual report

‘Earth Pulse’ issued by National

Geographic that has been translated

into 23 languages where for the first

time Arabic was included following an

initiative from Emirates Foundation

and support from GASCO. “I hope this

year’s campaign will be a step forward

toward increasing and strengthening cooperation

between Emirates Foundation

and ADNOC on sustainability.” he

concluded.


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Mr. Abdul Munim Saif Al Kindi, General Manager of ADCO, and Mr. Aqeel Madhi, Chief Executive Officer of NPCC

sigening the contract

ADCO awards a US$ 560 million -

contract to NPCC to boost production

In its continuous dedication to further develop its onshore fields, Abu Dhabi Company

for Onshore Operations (ADCO) awarded a new contract at a value of US$ 560 million

to Abu Dhabi-based National Petroleum Construction Company, NPCC, March 24, for

the development of Phase I of the new Qusahwira Field (Southwest).

The second contract will carry out engineering,

procurement and construction

works as part of ADCO’s ambitious

1.8 million of barrels of oil per day

(MMBOPD) project scheme. The contract

was signed by Mr. Abdul Munim

Saif Al Kindi, General Manager of

ADCO, and Mr. Aqeel Madhi, Chief Ex-

ecutive Officer of NPCC.

Beside NPCC, six other companies

have submitted their bids to win the

project such as France-based Technip,

India-based Larsen & Tubro, South

Korea-based G.S. Engineering & Construction

and S.K. Engineering, Italybased

Saipem with Dubai-based Dodsal

and Spain-based Tecnicas Reunidas.

The new project framework will include

the construction of a new central

degassing station, remote degassing station,

oil gathering system, production

supporting systems and the main oil line

to the Asab oil field.

During mid February earlier in the

year, ADCO had officially awarded a

US$ 683.3 million contract to NPCC

for developing Phase I that aims to raise

production capacity of the BAB Field

and to begin productions from other

three new oil fields; Bida Al Qemzan,

Bab and Qusahwira.

The Qusahwira Field, which was discovered

in 1975, is a new undeveloped

field, which is located 80 km further

southeast from the Asab Field. Once

completed, the Qusawhira Phase I is expected

to add sustainable 30,000 barrels

of oil per day by 2013.

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ADNOC conducts Mock Evacuation Drill

at its Head Office

Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC) has conduced a mock evacuation operation

to its head office situated on the corniche street opposite the Emirates Palace in cooperation

with Abu Dhabi Civil Defense and Police General Directorate. All 800 employees including

ADNOC top officials were evacuated from the building. The aim of the fire drill is to train

employees and develop their capabilities in responding to emergency situations.

Fire marshals for the floors directing the employees

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ADNOC continues to organize regular safety

trainings to develop individual’s skills and experience

in managing emergencies as part of its strategic

goals in HSE fields which depend on the international

criterion and best practices in HSE. The scenario

of the mock evacuation started upon ringing

the alarm bell when a fire erupted at the 10th floor

and extended to all offices in the same floor sending

heavy smokes. A number of employees suffered various

injuries and others were trapped in the upper

floors needing speedy evacuation through the emergency

exits.

The security and safety supervisors of ADNOC

General Services Division in cooperation with the

Medical Services Division succeeded in evacuating

all employees upon the ringing of the alarm bell at

the building and immediately informed the central

operation room of the Interior Ministry. Rescue, ambulance

and fire fighting vehicles from Al Buteen


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Mr. Abdullah Al Khemairi General Services Division

Manager and Mr. Rames Naser Al Katheeri, Supervisor

Safety Services, supervising the mock fire drill

Civil Defense Centre rushed to the site to

create a scene as realistic as possible.

ADNOC security and safety supervisors

managed to evacuate all employees in

10 minutes. Abu Dhabi Civil Defense, police,

health and safety staff rushed to the

site and controlled the fires before spreading

to the rest of the building. Rescue and

evacuation teams of Abu Dhabi Civil Defense

managed to find the injured person

and evacuate the trapped employees in a

record time.

The whole operation of evacuation drill

lasted for 60 minutes from the ringing of

the alarm system bell. All employees managed

to leave the building to the assembly

points through the emergency stairs under

the supervision of the security and safety

supervisors who guided the employees to

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emergency exits.

The traffic department vehicles of Abu

Dhabi Police General Directorate reached

the site in a record time to control traffic

follow at Bainuna Street and immediately

followed by the fire fighting and rescue

teams. ADNOC security and safety supervisors

and medical services personnel

managed to evacuate all employees and to

rescue the injured person. The civil defense

squads controlled the fire in a record

time and the rescue teams managed to

evacuate a number of employees who had

been trapped in the 11th floor through the

window using a fire fighting vehicle

equipped with 55 meters ladder.

Commenting on the mock evacuation

drill Mrs. Badria Khalfan Deputy Director

of HR and Administration at ADNOC

said that the HSE management system is

the fundamental tool for the implementation

of ADNOC policies in HSE fields.

She underscored the importance of a unified

management system to implement

the HSE polices in ADNOC Group of

Companies. She further stressed necessity

to conduct Emergency drills in all depots

and work sites to test employees’ capabilities

in ensuring preparedness for responding

to emergency situations and to test fire

alarm systems and fire reporting procedures

at the building.

Mrs. Badria further expressed thanks

for the cooperation of the Interior Min-

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istry, Abu Dhabi Police General Directorate

represented by the Traffic Department,

Al Buteen Civil Defense Centre, the

medical teams and all departments and

personnel who participated in the fire drill

hailing the speedy response in dealing

with the injured persons and evacuation

of the trapped persons.

Meanwhile Mr. Abdullah Al-Khemairi,

General Services Division Manager, also

hailed the response and cooperation

showed by all employees in following the

instructions of the security and safety supervisors

stressing importance to conduct

regular trainings on emergency situations.

ADNOC Security and Safety Division

keenness to conduct safety drills comes

within the framework of ADNOC commitment

to safety which is reiterated in

the various programmes and activities it

implements to safeguard all its assets, employees,

contractors, facilities, products

and community.

Interviewed by ADNOC News Magazine,

Mr. Rabie Ali Mubark, the 3rd floor

Security and Safety Supervisor, hailed the

cooperation of all employees and their

speedy response stressing that safety and

security require cooperation of all employees.

He stressed efficiency and readiness of

all safety equipment and fire alarm systems

at the building pointing out that all

employees had observed safety procedures

in the bundling where signs show emergency

exits and fire extinguishers are

found in accessible places.

ADNOC organizes regular trainings on

mock evacuations to develop individual’s

skills and experience in managing emergencies

and to test efficiency and readiness

of the safety equipment at the building. It

also targets testing of fire reporting procedures

under simulated emergency conditions

and to verify prompt availability of

external help if desired from the civil defense.

The mock drill also tests the extent

of implementation of ADNOC contingencies

plan during emergencies.


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Mr. Rashid Al Zaabi, ADNOC Public Relations Division Manager

receiving the Award on behalf of ADNOC

ADNOC receives an International Award for

the Quality and Optimum Performance 2010

Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC) received the International Prize for the quality

and optimum performance for 2010 year. The International Prize is presented annually

by the French society of Azar Louise for management and consultancies to companies

and institutions which are most distinguished through their achievements.

The prize awarding ceremony was held

at Intercontinental Hotel, Berlin, Germany

during March 2010 and was attended by

Mr. Rashid Al Zaabi, ADNOC Public Relations

Division Manager, along with Mr.

Mohammed Al Shamma, ADMA- OPCO

Public Relations Manager.

Receiving the Award on behalf of

ADNOC from the Society Executive President

Mr. Rashid Al Zaabi reiterated

ADNOC’s long-standing compliance to

best practices. The prize is one of many

awards received by ADNOC in recognition

to its commitment to transparency and

sustainable development.

The prize has also been awarded to

ADMA-OPCO an subsidiary

of ADNOC Group

of companies and was received

by Mohammed Al

Shamma ADMA –OPCO

Public Relations Manager.

The international prize is

awarded annually by the

French Society in coordination

with a number of international

organizations to the

most distinguished companies

and insinuations

The prize nomination

committee has affirmed in a

Mr. Mohammed Al Shamma ADMA- OPCO

Public Relations Manager

press statement that the prize is awarded

in recognition for the company’s commitment

to transparency on awarding exploration

contracts, its role in providing

education and training opportunities,

graduates performance upgrading programs,

customer satisfaction in addition to

the role it plays in encouraging sustainable

development programs.

The Award is one of many international

recognitions received by ADNOC and will

contribute in promoting reputation of

ADNOC Group of Companies. It also

serves as a link between our customers and

our efforts and commitment to sustainable

development and application of technology

to achieve quality, Al Zaabi said.

It is worth mentioning that the prize has

been awarded to a number of international

and Gulf companies such as Brown of Germany,

the Jordanian Company Asiza, King

Fahd Industrial Port- KSA and Mansoor

Group of Egypt .

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Conferences & Exhibitions

H.E. Nasser Bin Khamis Al Jashmi, Undersecretary of Oman’s Oil & Gas Ministry inaugurating the exhibition

ADNOC & its Group of Companies

actively participates in Oman’s OGWA 2010

As part of its distinguished regional and global presence and its role in supporting the

GCC’s oil and gas industry, Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC) and its Group

Companies actively participated in the Oil & Gas West Asia (OGWA) 2010 Exhibition and

Conference, which was held in Muscat on April 11-13. More than 250 oil & gas companies

and hundreds of industry professionals were present in the event.

The event was inaugurated by H.E.

Nasser Bin Khamis Al Jashmi, Undersecretary

of Oman’s Oil & Gas Ministry, who

commended the wide participation of national

oil & gas companies in the GCC, international

oil & gas companies, leading

local companies, service providers, equipment

suppliers and other companies directly

serving the industry’s requirements.

The Exhibition showcased a wide range

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of equipment, technologies and services for

exploration and production activities while

serving as a forum for discussing the major

opportunities as well as technical challenges

currently facing the industry. The

accompanying conference was organized

by the Society of Petroleum Engineers

(SPE), under the theme “EOR Challenges,

Experiences and Opportunities in the

Middle East.” It covered the latest advances

in thermal gas and chemical EOR methods,

EOR selection criteria, surveillance

techniques for locating remaining oil, and

drivers and challenges in implementing

EOR.

More than 35 countries worldwide

were represented in the OGWA 2010 exhibition

and conference, representing the

biggest ever number of country participation

since the inaugural edition of the

event in 1998.

ADNOC was the golden sponsor of the

OGWA 2010 exhibition, which marks the

Group’s leading role in supporting the oil

and gas sector across the GCC region.

ADNOC representative at the event has

presented the Undersecretary of Oman’s

Oil & Gas Ministry with a commemorative

present that symbolizes the strong relationships

between the two brotherly countries

and ADNOC’s support to the Omani oil

and gas industry.


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ADNOC participates in

Hanover International Fair 2010

Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC) had participated in Hannover International

Fair 2010 (Hannover Messe), held in the German city of Hanover from 19 - 23 April. The

participation of ADNOC in this international fair was part of the support extended by the

Abu Dhabi Economic Development Department to ADNOC and other local, governmental

and industrial institutions.

The 700m square Abu Dhabi pavilion

featured stands from 17 institutions

including Abu Dhabi Chamber of Commerce

and Industry, Abu Dhabi Economic

Development Council, Abu

Dhabi Food Control Authority and Abu

Dhabi Tourism Authority.

The Abu Dhabi Economic Development

Department is seeking support of

these institutions through taking part in

the world’s leading trade, industrial and

promotional show to promote its transformation

towards a diversified, knowledge

based and sustainable economy.

H.E. Hamad Al Mas, the Executive

Director for international Economic Relations

at Abu Dhabi Economic Development

Department said that the

Department has helped the local companies

to compete in the international

markets through the assistance it has

provided to these companies to find new

international trade partners and to open

new markets for their products and services.

Abu Dhabi Economic Development

Department support comes in

conformity with Abu Dhabi Economic

Vision 2030 which stresses the important

role of the private sector in the economic

diversity and export

development he added.

Meanwhile Dr. Adeeb Al Afify, Director

of Foreign Trade and Export Support

at Abu Dhabi Economic

Development, said that the promotion

and development of non-oil exports are

among the fundamental goals set by

Abu Dhabi Economic Vision 2030

pointing out that the Economic Development

Department has strengthened

its support to the participation of the

leading institutions in Hanover Fair to

promote their international investments

and develop their sales through the increase

of their export. He added that,

this support is part of number of services

provided by the Department to promote

success of the local companies and

industries in the international markets.

Commenting on the participation of

ADNOC in Hanover International Fair

Mr. Rashid Hamad Al Zaabi, ADNOC

Public Relations Division Manger, said

that ADNOC participation in this important

international fair comes in

recognition of the important trade partnership

between United Arab Emirates

and Germany adding that the fair offers

good opportunity to showcase our products

and operations in the oil and gas

field it also represents a good venue to

meet intentional investor in all fields.

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Conferences & Exhibitions

Mr. Abdul Munim Saif Al Kindy, General Manager of Abu Dhabi Company for Onshore Oil Operations (ADCO), Mr. Kamal Morsi, Production

& Facilities Engineering Manager in the Exploration and Production Directorate of the Onshore Division at ADNOC,

ADNOC’s first ‘International Digital Oilfield

Conference 2010’ on smart oil field practices

kicks off

In line with ADNOC’s commitment to proceed on its

‘International Digital Oilfield Conference 2010’ as

scheduled to address innovative and industry related

initiatives, ADNOC hosted the IDOS Conference, the

first gathering of its kind on April 20 at the Hilton Hotel

Abu Dhabi for two days.

In his opening keynote, Mr. Abdul

Munim Saif Al Kindy, General Manager

of Abu Dhabi Company for Onshore

Oil Operations (ADCO), stated

that ADCO had demonstrated its

long term vision by forming a dedicated

full time team with expertise

across all aspects of implementing the

Smart Field concept to ensure focus

and accountability.

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Mr. Al Kindy thanked ADNOC for

initiation of this important conference

and all speakers for their time in

preparing their presentations and extended

thanks to the advisory committee

for their significant

contribution in organizing the Conference

Programme. The International

Digital Oilfield Conference

(IDOC ’10) hosted by ADNOC was

Mr. Abdul Munim Saif Al Kindy, dlevering the

opening keynote


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(from right) Mr. Hassan Al Saigel ADCO PR Manager, Mr. Omar Suwaina Al Suwaidi, E&P Onshore Manager - ADNOC, Mohammed

Jumma, Assistant GM - (ADCO Buhasa)

conducted against the recent travel difficulties

resulting from the volcanic ash

dispersions fron Iceland, which at one

stage could have decimated the programme.

Mr. Al Kindy expressed appreciation

to the efforts of the Advisory

Committee and the Organiser, Dr Nick

Coles of Dome Exhibitions. The revised

conference programme was of sufficient

standard and interest that the 135 attendees

who made an outstanding contribution

to the debate and the needs of

implementing Digital Oil Fields technology

in the Middle East and in Abu

Dhabi in particular.

IDOC ’10 was initiated by Mr. Kamal

Morsi, Production & Facilities Engineering

Manager in the Exploration and Pro-

duction Directorate of the Onshore Division

at ADNOC, to assist ADNOC

and its group of companies in the execution

of their plan to automate and operate

the facilities remotely with a

minimum manpower. Mr. Morsi

chaired the first session of the conference

where four interesting technical

case studies were presented; two about

UAE and two about USA experience.

Mr. John Hofland presented ADCO’s

automation and smart field programme.

He was joined in the conference program

by Ahmed Bin Amro of ADCO

who highlighted the implementation of

an Integrated Asset Operating Model for

a Green Field and Dave Cobb of

ADMA-OPCO who spoke on Digital

Oilfield in New Field Developments.

ADNOC joined seven other leading

organizations specialized in Digital Oil

Fields concepts and implementations. A

related exhibition on services and equipment

took place alongside the conference.

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A student delegation from

US-based Indiana University visits ADNOC

In line with its efforts to spread knowledge among academic institutions about ADNOC,

Abu Dhabi and the UAE petroleum industry, a group of graduate students from Indiana University

in the USA made a visit to ADNOC on March 17 where if there was no time limit to

their visit, they would go on asking questions that reflected curiosity and excitement.

Mr. Rashed Ali Al Zahmi, Head of Scholarship Department at CEO Office, in a group

photo with the graduate students

Eng. Fatema Al Neaimi, Business Planning Team Leader in ADNOC Exploration &

Production Directorate’ Planning Division, welcoming the delegation and delivering

a general presentation about the UAE petroleum industry

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Engineer Fatema Al Neaimi, Business Planning

Team Leader in ADNOC Exploration &

Production Directorate’ Planning Division, welcomed

the visiting students and delivered a

general presentation about the UAE petroleum

industry, the UAE role in the international

crude oil market as a member in the Organization

of Petroleum Exporting Countries

(OPEC). She indicated that the UAE ranks

among exporting countries in terms of production

capacity per year and its confirmed reserves.

She delivered a detailed background

about ADNOC and its Group of Companies in

terms of history, expansions, and subsidiaries,

areas of focus, ongoing developments and specialties.

Al Neaimi highlighted ADNOC’s current

initiatives on taking health, safety and environment

preservation measures steps forward by

promoting sustainability in all aspects of life and

working environment. She stressed the leading

role ADNOC is taking in line with the UAE

Government on bringing UAE workforce forward

by nationalization and how working academic

institutions such as the Petroleum

Institute, Glenelg School Abu Dhabi and

ADNOC Technical Institute contribute in assisting,

preparing and graduating such needed

workforce.

Students could not wait further for Al Nuaimi

to conclude her presentation when Mr.

Rashed Ali Al Zahmi, Head of Scholarship Department

at CEO Office, responded to their

questions that reflected interest, focus, curiosity

and excitement about the visit. The student

delegation comprised of around 30 students.

Their visit to ADNOC was arranged as part of

a tour visit they were having to the UAE.


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A UK-based Environmental Industrial

Commission Delegation visits ADNOC

In its pursuit toward consolidation of mutual coordination with the business community

world wide, a business delegation from the UK-based Environmental Industrial Commission

(EIC) made a visit to ADNOC March 16.

Engineer Fatema Al Neaimi, Business

Planning Team Leader in ADNOC Exploration

& Production Directorate’s

Planning Division, and in coordination

with ADNOC Public Relations Division,

welcomed the delegation and delivered

a general presentation about the

UAE petroleum industry and a detailed

presentation about ADNOC and its

Group of Companies in terms of history,

developments, expansions, specialties

and contribution to the

international crude oil and gas sectors.

Eng. Al Neami highlighted ADNOC’s

role in promoting health, safety and environment

toward sustainability. In addition,

she mentioned ADNOC’s

leading role in the nationalization for its

workforce and support to education by

underscoring the activities and roles of

the Petroleum Institute and the

ADNOC Technical Institute.

The presentation was followed by a

Q/A session where Dr. Saif Al Nasri,

Engineer Fatema Al Neaimi welcoming

the delegation and delivering a general

presentation in oil industry

E&P Planning Division Manager, responded

to the audience’ questions. “It

is a good opportunity for us as a British

business community to visit ADNOC

and get to know more about its activities

and expansions,” said Terry Willis, Di-

Dr. Saif Al Nasri, Exploration & Production

Planning Division Manager, responding

to the delegation’s questions

rector for EIC Middle East in Dubai.

The delegation comprised 15 members

from the British business community

in the UAE and the UK Embassy in

Abu Dhabi.

Dr. Saif Al Nasri in a group photo with the delegation ... and he delivers a gift to Mr. Terry Willis, Director for EIC Middle East in Dubai

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Interview

Mubarak Al Mehairbi: we have an integrated strategy

for Emiratisation that focuses on training and developing

a UAE national cadre for the energy sector

ADNOC Group of Companies has recently adopted the five- year Emiratization plan

2010-2014 to raise the ratio of Emiratisation to 75% through a comprehensive plan

which targets the training and employment of the UAE citizens, within this context

ADNOC News interviewed Mr. Mubarak Al Mehairbi, HR Planning & Recruitment Division

Manager, to discuss the reality and future plan of the GNRD.

What are the reasons and

objectives behind the establishment

of the Group Nationals

Recruitment

Department GNRD?

In line with the guidelines of the late

Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan and according

to the instructions of H.H. Sheikh Khalifa

Bin Zayed President of the State and

H.H. General Sheikh Mohammed Bin

Zayed Abu Dhabi Crown Prince the decision

establishing the GNRD was issued

on 30 May 1999. The main

objective behind the establishment of

the GNRD is to increase the number of

the UAE nationals working in ADNOC

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Group of Companies to 50% at the first

stage and to 75% at the second stage

(2005-2009). The GNRD managed to

achieve the targeted percentage of the

first stage and in this regard it is very important

to recall that the percentage of

the UAE nationals working at ADNOC

onshore and offshore oil fields was trivial

and almost 0%. ADNOC has worked

out plans to increase the percentage of

UAE workforce in its Group of Companies

and for that end, an especialized department

has been created; the GNRD

with the following specific responsibilities

and tasks ; attraction and employment

of qualified UAE nationals in all

Enlightening students through Career Exhibitions

specializations to join ADNOC Group

of Companies, working out of strategic

plans for the implementation of the

Emiratisation policy and mutual cooperation

and coordination with the local

academic institutions in order to enlighten

them with human resources

needs of ADNOC Group of Companies.

Do you believe ADNOC has

fulfilled its national task in

training, and employment of

UAE nationals during the last

five years or do you believe

the Emiratisation program

has stopped short of fulfilling

its aspirations?

ADNOC and its Group of Companies

are focusing their efforts to raise the

ratio of Emiratisation through a comprehensive

plan which targets the training

and employment of the UAE

workforce, the training and human resources

directorates are among the most

important departments in ADNOC

and its Group of Companies. On the

other hand, ADNOC provides a number

of educational opportunities to the

high schools graduates to continue their

university studies in the engineering

specializations required for the oil and

gas industry.


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As part of its efforts to provide educational

opportunities ADNOC has established

the Petroleum Institute nine

years ago in addition, ADNOC started

its Scholarship Program since a very long

time to provide educational opportunities

to the high school graduates in UAE

or abroad to pursue their post-secondary

education. ADNOC also provids

technical training to the post secondary

school in the Technical Institute to assist

UAE Nationals achieve educational

goals and to meet the needs of the oil industry.

Moreover, ADNOC pays special attention

to students studying at the primary

and secondary schools through

the Achievers Oasis Program. The aim

of this program is to sponsor distinguished

students through close follow

up of their academic performance;

Moreover, if we are to speak in numbers

and statistics the Emiratisation process

is going ahead on the right track with active

and well studied steps, however we

still hope for more cooperation among

all the governmental departments to

achieve our goals.

What are the achievements

actually realized by the

GNRD in figures and statistics

regarding the employment

of UAE nationals?

Figures and statistics about the

GNRD say the number of UAE manpower

in ADNOC Group of Companies

in 1999 was 3035 representing 23% of

the total manpower in ADNOC by the

end of 2009. This ratio jumped to 45%

equivalent to 8090 UAE employees

(that means there is an increase of 5055

new UAE employees compared to

1999), we will keep on exerting more efforts

because we are planning to reach

10 thousands UAE employees this year.

The increment of the UAE manpower

definitely requires more efforts and

planning at all levels at the top of which

comes the establishment of academic

and training institutions equipped with

all facilities and equipment.

What are the mechanisms

adopted by the GNRD for the

selection of UAE nationals

willing to join ADNOC

Group?

The GNRD coordinates with the educational

institutions affiliated or sponsored

by ADNOC in that we highlight

these institutions with the specializations

required by ADNOC Group of

Companies in order to provide us with

the required number of specializations,

we regularly brief them with the fiveyear

plan of ADNOC Group of Companies.

The purpose of all these efforts and

initiatives is to attract, rehabilitate and

train the UAE nationals, furthermore

we have also entered in a partnership

with the Engineering Studies Department

of the UAE University to enlighten,

educate and acquaint the

students with the needs of ADNOC

group and we also have a partnership

with the American University of Sharjah

and the Higher Colleges of Technology

to enlighten the students with the

needs of ADNOC group from the engineering

and professional specializations.

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Our mechanism and efforts also include

organization of career exhibitions to attract

UAE nationals in addition the delegations

and representatives of the

GNRD regularly visit the educational institutions

to introduce the employment

opportunities available in ADNOC

group and to enlighten the targeted students

with the incentives and allowances

which ADNOC offers to its

employees in addition the GNRD does

not ignore the importance of planning

and scientific studies to determine the

employment needs.

What is the actual situation

of the Emiratisation program?

Do you personally believe

the program is

satisfactorily progressing or

do you believe we need to

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do more to be on the right

track?

The Emiratisation program constitutes

a strategic objective in the vision of

our wise leadership for that reason the

Emiratisation process gains considerable

support from all the governmental departments.

We on our part are exerting

utmost efforts at all levels according to

scientific planning and studies which

define the priorities and requirements

of Emiratisation in terms of preparation

of UAE nationals and development of

their skills and capabilities besides provision

of institutions equipped with

modern facilities and devices to educate

and train UAE nationals.

On one hand, we can say Emiratisation

as strategic objective is progressing

satisfactory according to a scientific approach,

however, on the other hand in

Mr. Mubarak Al Mehairbi, HR Planning & Recruitment Division Manager, reviews

ADNOC Emiratization efforts

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the light of the rapid and comprehensive

development which the UAE is witnessing

we are still in need to foreign workforce

to fill the gap in the labor market

particularly the need for some professional

and engineering jobs. The number

of projects of ADNOC and its

Group of Companies is very large and

the local labor market is unable to meet

the need at the meantime. A scientific

study which the GNRD has conducted

on 2005 on supply and demand of the

local market revealed large shortage in

number of UAE nationals capable to

meet the needs of ADNOC group.

Faced with this reality, ADNOC and its

Group of Companies in cooperation

with a number of international partners

have built a number of educational institutions

and vocational training centers

such as the Petroleum Institute and

the Glenelg School of Abu Dhabi to prepare

UAE citizens and promote the ratio

of their employment in the oil and gas

sector, these efforts reflect adoption of a

sound scientific approach , therefore the

Emiratisation program is progressing

well and satisfactory on the right track.

ADNOC has recently endorsed

the five-year Emiratisation

plan 2010-2014 to

what extent does the GNRD

coordinate efforts with the

ADNOC Group and, what is

your role in implementing

this plan? Do you believe in

replacement as a proper solution

for the Emiratisation?

The GNRD comprises 11 members

(all are UAE nationals) from ADNOC

and its Group of Companies specialized

in human resources and Emiratisation

process, by virtue of its establishment

and the type of its membership the

GNRD is well aware of all issues of


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human resources as regards the number

of UAE nationals in each company besides

the type of jobs and profession

pretty much needed by ADNOC Group

of Companies.

The GNRD also assumes follow-up

and maintains good coordination with

ADNOC group of Companies in addition

to the companies in which

ADNOC owns an interest by providing

them with an annual plan for the recruitment

of UAE nationals accompanied

by the training and rehabilitation

programs. We also make regular checkouts

and inspection to verify implementation

of the five-year plans and

abidance by the training and rehabilitation

programs. As for the replacement

of job positions with UAE nationals it

may be suitable to some extend in the

light of the current reality of the local

labor market because the Emiratisation

as strategic program depends on a structured

and holistic approach. Single initiatives

are not sufficient the

Emiratisation process depends on a

number of elements and needs a number

of requirements which our government

and ADNOC Group of

Companies are earnestly working to provide

according to a scientific strategic

plan.

What are the procedures

adopted by the GNRD for selection

and recruitment of

UAE national in ADNOC

Group of Companies?

The GNRD has designated two receptions

in its premises one for the

males and other for the females, when

the applicants approach the GNRD the

receptionist enters the information of

each applicant in the system and gives

the applicant a reference number. Files

received from the applicants are classi-

The GNRD organizes Career Fairs to attract UAE Nationals

fied into two categories; the university

graduates from inside UAE and abroad

and the second category comprises the

secondary schools graduates and below.

Thereafter the GNRD verifies the academic

qualification and conducts an

English language test for the applicants.

Depending on the selection requirements

and the vacancies available in

ADNOC and its Group of Companies

the employment officer of the GNRD

makes an initial decision. The employment

officer then submits his initial decision

for approval by the chairman of

the division who in turn submits his decision

for the final endorsement by the

GNRD manger. As for the applicants

with undergraduate diplomas or INJAZ

certificate, a test in English language and

computer is conducted to the applicants

under this category in addition to an interview

by the employment officer. If

the applicant passes the test successfully

and if there is a vacant job in ADNOC

Group of Companies, the GNRD

makes an interview with the applicant

and thereafter it decides the employment,

or the closure of the applicant’s

file depending on his academic, practical

and cultural level.

If there is a vacant position in

ADNOC Group of companies and the

scientific level of the applicant is found

to be very high the GNRD nominates

the applicant to ADNOC Group to decide

on his case. And if the level of an applicant

is found to be below the required

average the applicant will be transferred

o the waiting list.

The role of the GNRD is not restricted

only to selection and recruitment

of UAE nationals we maintain

records to follow up performance of all

UAE nationals, who have been selected

to join ADNOC group of Companies

we are monitoring their performance,

following up their in service training

and rehabilitation programs. We also

follow up and study the reasons which

force the UAE nationals to resign and

desert.

From your viewpoint do you

think the output of our educational

system is suitable to

the labor market in quality

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Interview

and quantity?

Depending on the outcomes of the

scientific studies we have conducted

and our continuous follow up and monitoring

of the output of our educational

system we discovered inconsistency between

supply and demand in terms of

both quality and quantity , this variation

is particularly clear when somebody

tries to match the educational system

outputs with the needs of ADNOC

Group. For that reason ADNOC has

built a number of educational and professional

institutions which offer educational

and training programs according

to the best international criteria in order

to prepare and rehabilitate UAE nationals

to meet the growing employment

needs in ADNOC and it Group of

Companies.

What are the obstacles facing

and preventing the

GNRD from achieving all its

goals?

The UAE is witnessing huge economic

transformations and a wide range

of development and construction projects

in all sectors it is one of the fast

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Mr. Mubarak Al Mehairbi,speaking to ADNOC News

growing states all over the world, under

this situation the logic and reality dictate

that construction, development

and expansion in projects need a set of

required skills, on the other hand, experience,

is something that is largely missing

in UAE and if available it is not

sufficient to cover all the needs of the

comprehensive development and

progress which all sector in UAE are currently

experiencing.

The Emiratisation process is a very

huge task it needs collaboration of all efforts

and redefinition of our priorities.

There are plenty of vacant positions exceed

the applications submitted by person

seeking employment and ADNOC

has an overall and well defined Emiratisation

strategy which focuses on development

of the skills of the Emirati

youth and strengthening their abilities.

Do you have an employment

plan which is regularly updated

with the new visions

and ideas to cater for the future?

The GNRD is working according to a

comprehensive scientific strategy based

on short and long term planning, our

strategy carefully analyses the reality of

the local labor market in the light of current

and future needs of ADNOC

Group. Depending on the outcomes of

the investigation we made into the local

market conditions, the GNRD adopts

suitable solutions, updates plans and

drafts training and rehabilitation programs

taking into consideration the expansion

in the operations and activities

of ADNOC group, the continuous development

in devices and equipment to

cope with all transformations.

Do you believe the strategic

objective of the GNRD is the

Emiratisation of jobs or employment

of Emirati nationals?

Judging by the current situation it is

very important to reset some of our priorities

in addition, it is also important to

realize that the Emiratisation program

requires tremendous efforts and continuous

cooperation and coordination.

Therefore, the strategic objective of the

GNRD is not the Emiratisation of jobs,

but the employment of Emirati nationals,

developing of their skills, upgrading

of their capabilities and encouraging

them to excellence and good performance.

The strategy of ADNOC is to raise

the percentage of UAE nationals particularly

in engineering and professional

jobs and thereafter to work for their

training and rehabilitation to prepare

qualified cadre ready to meet the Group

future needs, in short our priorities

could be summarized in the following;

promotion of the UAE nationals, second

their preparation , training and rehabilitation

and finally replacement of

job position with UAE national and of

course this is a huge process that needs

more time, efforts and proper planning.


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News

ADNOC HR & Administration Directorate

sets up New Department for Secondment and

Performance Evaluation

ADNOC HR and Administration Directorate has recently inaugurated a new Department

for Secondment and Staff Performance Evaluation to carry out a number of functions

mainly aiming at opening of direct communication channel between the concerned

directorates and seconded staff. The newly established Department will also serve as

a body to verify performance and operations of the company are being carried out by all

employees of ADNOC according to the requirement and criterion that guarantee the

highest level of productivity.

Performance evaluation is a very important

tool used in examination, revision

and evaluation of achievements of

an individual and teams work members

during a given period of time to help in

the employees’ promotion process. It is

also used as an initial mechanism to

know the number of employees in need

for training or development. For that

end, the HR and Administration Directorate

has inaugurated the Secondment

and Performance Evaluation Department.

In order to brief ADNOC top officials

with the goals and functions of the

newly-established department, Mr. Mohammed

Rashed Al Dhahry Employees

Relations Division manger and Mrs. Fatima

Mohmmed Al Khimiry, Head of

the Secondment and Performance Evaluation

Department, worked out a

timetable to visit the general managers

and chief executive officers of ADNOC

Group of Companies to brief them on

the role which will be assumed by the

newly established body. The new Department

will carry out its role through

a number of mechanisms and means

aiming at upgrading of the staff performance

and strengthening links between

the seconded staff and their

mother company. A number of similar

visits will also be organized for the seconded

staff to brief them on the role of

the new department.

The Seconding and Performance

Evaluation Department will comprise

two sections; the seconding section

which will assume organization of periodical

visits to the seconded staff in

order to strengthen relations between

the seconded staff and their counterparts

in ADNOC company. It will also

serve as a connection link between the

seconded employees and the concerned

directorates in ADNOC, answering all

their inquiries and exchanging information

in order to provide the best services

to the seconded staff. It is to be recalled

that the number of the seconded staff in

ADNOC Group of companies and the

Supreme Petroleum Council (SPC)

reaches 309 employees. The Seconding

Section will also assume updating data

of the seconded staff keeping them well

informed through SMS, E-mail and online

services with all decisions and procedures

issued by ADNOC

The Performance Evaluation Section

stresses the importance of the annual

performance evaluation in developing

and upgrading the company’s perform-

ance. Performance annual evaluation

will be carried out in coordination with

the Training and Development Division

through the following up and evaluation

of plans, programs and projects according

to a well defined work methodology

that guarantees implementation efficiency

and realization of all goals of

ADNOC Group of Companies.

The Performance Evaluation Section

will also ensure that all applications of

performance evaluations are being sent

to the HR and Administration Directorate

for the following up of the recommendations

made in connection with

these applications. It also supervise updating

and development of administrative

systems to promote the staff

performance.

The performance evaluation section

also maintains records on the staff performance

to ensure efficient following

up and evaluation of the employees’ development

plans while securing proper

supervision over their implementation

and continuous updating. It will also

maintain comprehensive records on the

staff performance which will enable the

section to submit annul reports on the

outcomes of the evaluation of performance

of all employees.

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ATI News

Mr. Mohammed S. Al Qubaisi, the ATI Board Chairman and ADNOC Human Resources and Administration Director, with

the Board members

ATI Board of Trustees holds its 38th meeting

The Board of Trustees of ADNOC Technical Institute (ATI) had held on April 2010 its

38th meeting at the ATI premises under Chairmanship of Mr. Mohammed S. Al Qubaisi,

the Board Chairman and ADNOC Human Resources and Administration Director.

The meeting tackled a number of issues

in connection with promotion of

performance and development of the

ATI educational and training programs

to guarantee graduation of well- qualified

technicians that fulfill the criterion

and requirements of ADNOC Group of

Companies. The Board members also reviewed

programs and initiatives to raise

awareness among the students in HSE

issues through joint coordination meetings

which will bring together the ATI

administration and HSE officials at

ADNOC Group of Companies. The

meeting also discussed a proposal for is-

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suance of Students Guide in Arabic and

English languages.

The board meeting also discussed the

ATI five-year plan which underscores

necessity of conformity between the

ATI plan and ADNOC plan and requirements

human resources. The

members also discussed a proposal for

an academic partnership between the

ATI and the Institute of Applied Technology

and get acquainted with the

progress of work in the ATI additional

facilities construction project through a

presentation made by the Manger of

Civil Projects department. The project

will be handed over as per the schedule

previously agreed upon including all accommodation

facilities such as the sport

yards, the library, the food court and

other resources the Civil Projects department

manger stressed.

At the end of the meeting the board

members toured the ATI facilities under

the course of construction during which

the Chairman and members of the

Board of Trustees hailed the important

achievements made by ATI expressing

thanks and satisfaction to the ATI administration

for its hard efforts to develop

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ATI organizes training course

on Fire Control Procedures

ADNOC Technical Institute (ATI) organized during last

April a training course on fire control procedures on which

64 students from the fourth technical level who will be

graduated on summer 2010 took part. The training course

comes as part of efforts to accommodate HSE principles

as an integral part in the ATI training programs and

in conformity with the technical efficiency criterion

defined by the ATI to fulfill the requirements of

ADNOC Group of Companies.

The training course was conducted by a representitive from the Civil

Defense General Directorate who exerted their utmost efforts to make

success the fire control third training course. The theoretical part of

the course tackled safety procedures addressing a number of issues particularly

with types and causes of fires reviewing fire control procedures

besides the basic safety equipment. Types, uses and test procedures of

fire extinguishers were also addressed in addition, to the proper evacuation

methods and procedures which should be adopted to fight and

control all types of fires. During the practical part of the course the

trainees were given a chance to apply the proper fire control procedures

in the mock fire exercise during which all required safety precautions

were adopted.

Mr. Omer Al Hamed, ATI Manager got acquainted with the program

and components of the training course praising efforts of the civil defense

personnel who regularly conduct these training course for the ATI

students stressing keenness of the ATI administration on organization

of such courses in the future for their

great benefit in the life of all persons particularly

the energy sector workforce.

It is worth mentioning that the ATI attaches

great importance to awareness and

guidance campaigns organized in safety

and security issues. Moreover the ATI is

very keen in disseminating preventative

awareness to prevent accidents and protect

lives and properties through a number

of theoretical lectures and practical

exercises regularly organized on fire extinguishing

equipment available at the departments,

workshops and training labs of

the ATI.

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Workshop

Knowledge Sharing and application of Best

Practices workshop

ADNOC/SPC and its Group of Companies attended a workshop on 2nd March 2010

at Hilton Hotel - Abu Dhabi under the theme of “Innovation Towards Well Integrity Excellence”.

The workshop was hosted by

ZADCO and it is the 5th Workshop

launched as a part of ADNOC Knowledge

Sharing and Application of Best

Practices initiative that was started in

year 2007 among ADNOC and SPC

(Supreme Petroleum Council) Group of

Companies. The workshop had for the

first time international delegates from

(Maersk Oil – Qatar), who presented

their experience in evaluating risks for

wells with well integrity problems. The

workshop was chaired by Mr. Ali Al

Shamsi, ADNOC E&P Offshore Division

Manager along with the Mr.

Bakheet Al Katheeri, ADNOC E&P

Offshore Production and Facilities Engineering

Manager and Chairman of

Best Practices Committee and Mr. Egil

Edie, ZADCO AGM (Well Operations).

The workshop was attended by more

than 120 delegates from ZADCO,

ADCO, ADMA-OPCO, Maersk Oil

(Qatar), ADOC (Japan), TOTAL ABK,

BUNDUQ, in addition to the major

service providers namely Baker Hughes,

Halliburton, Schlumberger, and Weatherford.

The workshop also had high level

of representation from senior management

of the participating companies

and remarkable participation from service

providers who presented their latest

innovative solutions for well integrity

problems. The workshop program

started with a safety moment presented

by Mr. Yousef Al Katheri from ZADCO

followed by an opening speech given by

Mr. Ali Al Shamsi who welcomed all

participants from the group of compa-

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Mr. Ali Al Shamsi, ADNOC E&P Offshore Division Manager along with Mr. Bakheet Al

Katheeri, ADNOC E&P Offshore Production and Facilities Engineering Manager and Chairman

of Best Practices Committee and Mr. Egil Edie, ZADCO AGM (Well Operations).

nies and the international delegates

from Qatar to the workshop and urged

all to have the maximum benefit from

such workshops and the knowledge

transfer within their organization by

which a culture of sharing best practices

would grow and flourish. Next in the

program Mr. Bakheet Al Katheeri gave a

brief presentation explaining the surrounding

conditions that urged

ADNOC and the group of companies to

start promote sharing of best practices

also Mr. Al Katheeri gave a brief update

on ADNOC Knowledge Sharing website

( HYPERLINK "http://www.adnockm.com"

www.adnoc-km.com) and

urged all participants to start utilizing

the website as a platform for sharing best

practices, Mr. Al Katheeri later indicated

that there is a 10 points scoring

system for sharing and applying best

practices across the group of companies.

Following in the workshop program,

there was nine presentations started

with a presentation by Mr. Mahmoud

Hassan from ZADCO on the Application

of Improved QA/QC Procedure for

Running New Completions. Following

ZADCO presentation another 8 participating

companies presented different

topics to share their best practices in

well integrity excellence. The eight presentations

in the workshops after the

first ZADCO presentation, are: Sustaining

Annuals Pressure (Consequences

and Mitigations) second presentation by

ZADCO, Evaluating the Risk for Wells

with Well Integrity Problems by Maersk

Oil, Well Integrity Updates by TOTAL

ABK, Pressure Management Practices

by ADMA-OPCO, Diagnostic Survey

for Casing Leak by “Well Leak Detector”

by BUNDUQ, ADOC Well Completion

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Mr. Ali Al Shamsi, ADNOC E&P Offshore Division

Manager

Sour Oil Wells by ADOC (Japan), Well

Integrity Management Systems by

ADCO and finally updates on Financial

Crises by ADNOC. Approaching the

end of the program, Senior Management

representatives from different

ADNOC and SPC group of companies

award the participant speakers with

gifts and certificates as an appreciation

for their efforts in supporting this event.

At the end of the workshop program

Mr. Bakheet Al Katheeri thank all par-

Mr. Bakheet Al Katheeri, Chairman of Best Practices

Committee

ticipants for their positive participation

and the workshop organizing team from

ZADCO for their effort to make this

event a success, Mr. Al Katheeri as well

encouraged everybody to promote and

apply best practices which will make

this initiative a role model among

ADNOC & SPC Group of Companies

toward efficient synergy between the

participating companies. Mr. Al

Katheeri informed the participant that

the next workshop will be sponsored by

GASCO and planned to be by Q4 2010.

The Innovation Towards Well Integrity

Excellence workshop concluded

many lessons learned and best practices

that surely will have some applications

across the participating companies

moreover it enhanced networking

among professionals and academics

from different fields/companies and

will result in additional benefits beyond

the basic objectives.

Award the participant speakers with gifts and certificates as an appreciation for

their efforts in supporting this event

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Workshop

ADNOC, ADCO & GASCO

Discuss Plans for Boosting Gas Production

In line with Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC)’s

commitment to all initiatives aimimng production increase

of Gas flow from its reservoirs and in confirmation of the

directives of H.E. Yousef Omair bin Yousef, Secretary General

of the Supreme Petroleum Council and ADNOC CEO,

Abu Dhabi Company for Onshore Oil Operations (ADCO)

and Abu Dhabi Gas Industries Ltd. (GASCO) conducted

their first coordination meeting, on February 24 at the Intercontinental

Hotel Abu Dhabi, which aimed to consolidate

efforts and unify opinions for offering vision

solutions. The meeting is related to the execution of projects

to gurantee continuous production and flow of gas

from its reservoirs all the way to consumers and end

users and the prosperity of economic growth for the Emirate

of Abu Dhabi.

Under the theme ‘Production of Associated,

Non-Associated Gas and Gas

Treatment Capacity’, 45 experts from E

& P directorates from ADNOC, ADCO

and GASCO participated in a workshop

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to discuss, address and asserts the close

coordination between all concerned parties

and improve the interface, ADNOC

plans in enhancing the non-associated

gas production and ADNOC expecta-

During the workshop

Mr. Kamal Morsi, Production & Facilities

Engineering Manager - Onshore Division

at ADNOC

tions from ADCO and GASCO, the

availability of updated gas forecasts –

both in quantity and quality – by

ADCO, handling of the gas on time by

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Experts from E & P directorates from ADNOC, ADCO and GASCO participating in the workshop in a group photo

GASCO plans and projects, know-how

knowledge-sharing and informationsharing,

highlighting of areas of concern

and an agreement on the framework of

executing planned activities.

Mr. Kamal Morsi, Production & Facilities

Engineering Manager - Onshore Division

at ADNOC, said such workshops

are considered to be one of the most successful

methods in time-saving,, expertise-exchange

and transparency-oriented.

The workshop addressed critical issues

through direct knowledge sharing

process, presenting solutions, exploring

visions, coordinating operations and integrating

goals.

A number of technical papers were

presented by ADCO and GASCO. The

discussion in the workshop covered gas

supply and demand, current and

planned process handling capacity of

GASCO facilities, availability/ reliability/flexibility

of the major facilities, status

of the ongoing projects, associated

and non-associated gas production forecasts

from the various reservoirs and operational

interface issues between

ADCO and GASCO.

Participants reviewed ways of coordination

between development operations

of ADCO’s Sahil, Asab and Shah

Fields, ADCO new projects to achieve

1.8 million barrel per day sustainable oil

production rate and GASCO’s expan-

sion plans for its gas processing plants.

Also, they reviewed the progress of the

projects related to Bab field such as the

gas compression project carried out by

ADCO and GASCO’s expansions including

importing gas from offshore

fields to be processed in its Habshan

plants and available processing capacity.

Mr. Fareed Abdulla, ADCO Assistant

General Manager for Bab & Gas projects,

Mr. Mohamed Bin Brek, Acting

General manager – NEB, Mr. Abbas

Ahmed, Bab Field Manager, Mr. Adel

Abu Snainah, and Mr. Cyrilles Huijsmans,

Senior Vice President, Mr. Salah

Madkour, Vice President and Mr. Ernest

McGirr, Production Planning Manager

from GASCO, respectively, were among

the participants.

At the end of the workshop, Mr.

Kamal Morsi, Manager Production & Facilities

Engineering thanked all attendees

for their continuous cooperation

and contribution towards enhancing

the gas production to meet the consumers

demand.

Attendants hailed ADCO’s for organizing

such workshop. Meanwhile,

GASCO is scheduled to host the workshop

second meeting in May 2010.

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Petroleum Institute News

The PI receives Dr. Ove Hoegh-Guldberg to

speak about Climate impact on Coral Reefs

In line with the Petroleum Institute’s vision and commitment

toward more academic and economic awareness

about global warming and environment preservation

among its students and as part of its series Leaders In Engineering

And Applied Sciences Seminars, the PI hosted

a speech under the theme ‘Climate Change and Coral

Reefs: The Increasing Importance of Marine Resource

Management’ delivered by Dr. Ove Hoegh-Gulderberg,

Professor in Marine Studies and Director of the Global

Change Institute at the University of Queensland in Brisbane,

Australia April 6.

Dr. Hoegh-Gulderberg highlighted

the crucial importance of oceans to

world cultures. “This is where Abu

Dhabi and Australia share great similarities

through coastal people,” he said.

He addressed the kind of changes climate

change have on the oceans, but he

clarified how small changes could mean

big things where he showed photos

taken for coral reefs that show how

much of impact they received from

changes in the weather and their colors

Dr. Michael Ohadi, Petroleum Inistitute’s

Provost and Acting President

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were getting darker toward brown and

black. He mentioned how changes in

the coral reefs could impact many of the

lives of many creatures living in the sea,

their temperature and how this might

imbalance the earth overall eco-system.

“The ocean is our support system. The

ocean absorbs a lot of the energy from

the sun that comes from the planet system.

It is important to note that 30% of

the Oxygen, which we breathe, comes

from the ocean, but at the same time so

Mr. Bakheet Salem Al Ameri,

Environment, Health and Safety Division

Manager at ADNOC

30 to 40% of carbon dioxide is coming

Dr. Ove Hoegh-Gulderberg, Professor in

Marine Studies and Director of the Global

Change Institute at the University of

Queensland in Brisbane

from the ocean in the earth’s current

weather conditions,” said Dr. Hoegh-

Gulderberg. “There is no doubt that in

the best science available, there has been

evidence of a rise in the planet temperature

due to more carbon dioxide emis-

Engineer Lubna Omar Al Ameri, Environmental

Advisor at the Environment

Health & Safety Division of the

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sions. [And] we are disturbing the

coastlines and changing the very way

these coasts have been for centuries and

bringing physical and chemical abuses

to the nature of the ocean due to climate

change.”

“In flaring and green house gases, despite

our expansion, we as SPC and

ADNOC are so proud to inform that we

had reduced more than 74% of carbon

flaring [emissions] from 1995 to 2009

in all our sectors; chemical, marketing,

processing, protection, refining, exploration

and production,” said Engineer

Lubna Omar Al Ameri, Environmental

Advisor at the Environment Health &

Safety Division of the Supreme Petroleum

Council, in addressing the audience.

“We are committed to preserving

our environment as a major crude oil

producing company and country. We

provide professional HSE services. We

also have our HSE steering committee

that oversee and coordinate related matter

at the corporate level. We have the

HSE SPC, the HSE steering committee

and under these two entities, we have

four subcommittees; environment, occupational

health, oil spill and safety.

We have also our 18 HSE divisions that

report directly to their managers with

close coordination with the SPC. This

is a proof that the SPC and ADNOC are

taking active initiatives about climate

change challenges.”

“The year 2009 was remarkable in

ADNOC history, we started commissioning

a waste management facility

treatment that treats all types of hazardous

wastes produced by all ADNOC

A participating attendee asks the

professor

Group of Companies,” said Eng. Al

Ameri.

Eng. Al Ameri added that SPC and

ADNOC are initiating the use of natural

gas as fuel at 20% of ADNOC Group

of Companies by January 2012. Our future

plan is to install 34 gas stations in

our existing facilities as well.

ADNOC Group of Companies HSE

Policy shall have a systematic approach

to HSE management, activity conduction,

minimization of HSE risks, setting

up a target for continuous HSE performance,

improvement and employees’

empowerment in that regard.

ADNOC’s commitment calls on no

harm to people and community, reduction

of our green house gases, promotion

of renewable energy, social

responsibility, development of energy

and water resources efficiency, she

added.

Dr. Michael Ohadi, PI’s Provost and

Acting President had started the speech

session by giving a welcoming keynote

to the visiting professor from Australia

followed by a keynote introduction on

ADNOC’s role in HSE and Sustainability

matters by Mr. Bakheet Salem Al

Ameri, Environment, Health and Safety

Division Manager at ADNOC.

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PI Arzanah News

The UAE Embassy at Washington DC

Discovery Trip to the US

During the Spring Break, 14 selected junior and senior Petroleum Institute students

participated in the WISE Program’s 1st ‘Journey of Discovery’ Trip to the United States.

The trip was co-organized by the WISE Program and Dr. Azar Nazeri from the University

of Maryland’s Energy Education and Research Collaboration (EERC), and it was led by

WISE Program Director Dr. Nadia Al Hasani.

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The students and their leader toured both Georgetown

University and the University of Maryland (College Park, MD)

campus, with the latter forming the main objective of the visit.

At the University of Maryland, the party toured a number of

laboratories, including the Microelectronics Interconnects

Laboratory, the K. Gupta Laboratory, the Micro Robotics Laboratory,

the Nano-Fabrication Laboratory and the Virtual Re-

Attending lectures

UMD Nuclear Reactor

Laboratory visits

ality Laboratory. They were also able to visit the University of

Maryland’s Nuclear Reactor. The party attended several lectures

given by leading scientists in the field of MEMS and

Nano-engineering. For example, they attended a lecture given

by Dr. Moustafa Al-Bassyiouni Mostafa on ‘Microelectronics’

and one given by Dr. Sarah Bergbreiter, who spoke on the subject

of ‘Micro Robotics’. Senior University of Maryland students

also invited WISE Program students to attend their

interim capstone presentations.

The opportunity to enhance the already strong ties between

the University of Maryland and the Petroleum Institute

was also welcomed by WISE Program Director Dr. Nadia Al

Hasani, whose meeting with the president of the University

of Maryland was followed by her presentation to interested

administration, faculty and students on the subject of

‘Women in Science and Engineering at the Petroleum Institute’.

The trip provided an excellent opportunity for Petroleum

Institute students to interact with their counterparts in WISE

Programs at partner institutions. It also exposed the students

to cutting-edge research and technology, and helped to develop

and enhance their commitment to science and technology.

The busy itinerary allowed for visits to Washington DC,

Baltimore, Maryland and Alexandria, Virginia. Students had

opportunities to visit renowned museums such as the Smithsonian

Center (the Castle), the Natural History Museum, the

National Air and Space Museum and the National Art Gallery

– East Wing.

The Petroleum Institute’s WISE Program concluded the

visit by hosting a farewell luncheon at the UAE Embassy in

Washington DC, to which all University of Maryland visit participants

(faculty, staff and students) were invited for a traditional

Emirati lunch.

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PI Arzanah News

PI students visit NDC Onshore Rig

National Drilling Company (NDC) has arranged visits to Onshore Rig locations for the

Petroleum Institute students to help them in acquiring technical information about different

practices in the operations side which is beneficial to their studies and to familiarize

students with the operations of an on shore rig.

First visit was arranged on October

31st, 2009 to the Onshore Rig ND-31 in

Al Rumitha and the second visit was

arranged on March 13th, 2010 to the

Onshore Rig ND-35 in Bab which is a

state-of-the-art, fully automated rig that

was launched in 2005 with zero emis-

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sions.

Both trips were included members

from PI female students and faculty

members who attended an intense training

session on HSE and Breathing Apparatus

Certification and were fully

equipped with the necessary safety gear

beforehand. The group was accompanied

by Mr. Abdalla Saeed Al-Suwaidi,

NDC General Manager, who welcomed

the visitors and began this visit with an

introductory presentation on NDC, followed

by an HSE presentation on the

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site presentation of the various operations

of the rig.

Students were pleased with the visit

and commented positively on the possibility

of visiting such fields as engineers

in the future. On behalf of PI students

Ms. Khawla Al Manthari gave a speech

and said: “Who knows .. may be in the

next two years me or one of these girls

will be working here with you. On behalf

of the students we want to thank

you for being so kind and courteous. I

know you probably don’t host many

women in the rig but you have made us

feel that there is a place for us in the oil

industry. Your hosts have explained

with rich technical detail how the oil rig

works.

Even though, we study hoisting, rotating,

circulating and power in our

classes, nothing compares seeing an oil

rig actually drilling. Finally, I would like

to thank Mr. Abdalla Saeed Al-Suwaidi.

NDC GM for making this happen and

all of NDC staff who toured us through

the rig.”

The students were accompanied by

Dr. Nadia Al Hasani, Professor and Director

of the Women in Science and Engineering

Program, Dr. Sandra Vega,

Assistant Professor of Petroleum Geosciences

and Dr. Ghada Bassioni, Assistant

Professor of Chemical Engineering.

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PI Arzanah News

Opening of the WISE

Program Writing Centre

On April 2010, the WISE Program Writing Centre

opened, with trained student tutor Yasmin Abu Hijleh

available for consultation by WISE Program degree students.

The purpose of the Writing Centre is to provide degree program to students

with ongoing support from peer tutors with their writing skills development.

To apply for a position as a tutor, students must have a minimum GPA of 2.5

and have achieved a grade ‘A’ in Communication courses. They must also be

recommended for a position by their Communication instructor.

Four WISE Program students met these criteria and successfully applied for

a position as a Writing Centre tutor. They are: Safa A. AbdulRahman, Fatima

El Hossary, Yasmin Abu Hijleh and Alaa Shbair.

During the Spring Break, these students underwent training that was provided

by Communication faculty Caroline Brandt, Robert Craig and Sivakumar

Sivasubramaniam, and AUP faculty John Langille and Shari Corbin. Training

focused on the role and function of mentors as well as aspects of the writing

process and how to provide effective feedback. As a result of this training, the

four students are now well prepared for the role of Writing Centre tutor, and

equipped to assist their peers with the following aspects of the writing process:

Brainstorming and researching information and ideas

Outlining and planning

Identifying the reader and establishing the purpose of the writing

Organizing your writing effectively

Use standard grammar and appropriate punctuation

Documenting sources appropriately.

Several students benefitted from the guidance of the tutors in the Writing

Centre during the first week. All degree program students are encouraged to

take advantage of this opportunity to improve their writing skills.

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Red Bull Air

Race University

Challenge

The WISE Program organized in

March 2010 the Red Bull Air Race

University Challenge, a competition

to design a small remote-controlled

aircraft. The event was held in coincidence

with the 2010 Red Bull Air

Race World Championship which recently

took place in Abu Dhabi.

The event was organized by Salwa Al

Weeshy, Arzanah Recreation Supervisor,

and attended by WISE Program

students. Students also enjoyed a buffet

and music provided by a DJ.

This was the first time that WISE Program

students had participated in this

annual event. Following strong contest,

the winner of the competition

was: Samah Khojali, Chemical Engineering

Sophomore


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Universities

Day at the

Palestine High

School

In March 2010, the Petroleum

Institute WISE Program

faculty and students

took part in ‘Universities

Day’ at the Palestine High

School in Abu Dhabi.

The event was organized to enable

students at the Palestine High School to

learn more about the different universities

in the UAE, and the full range of

courses and qualifications that are available.

Several universities took part besides

the Petroleum Institute, including

the American University of Sharjah,

Khalifa University and Al Hosen University.

WISE Program faculty and students

shared their knowledge of the field of

engineering with the students and welcomed

the opportunity to encourage

them to consider engineering as a

suitable and productive career for

women.

The Petroleum Institute was the

only university to be represented primarily

by students, who staffed the

stand, distributed gifts and

brochures and drew students’ attention

to a link on the Petroleum Institute

website that can help students

with their English studies. During

this event, the Petroleum

Institute’s admissions

department

collected the contact

details of many students

interested in

studying at the Petroleum

Institute, which

will help to ensure

that they are informed

of registration dates.

The faculty and staff

who participated in this

worthwhile event were

Iman Al Hosani (Admis-

Khawla AL Manthari, President of the Female

Students’ Council and WISE Program

Student Reporter

sions) and Dr. Nisreen Hamad (Chair,

AUP), while the following students represented

the Petroleum Institute at the

event were Khawla Al Manthari, Basma

Ali and Amena Al Zaabi.

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PI Arzanah News

The PI hosts the 3rd Annual

Math, Chemistry and Physics

Competition

On March 18th The Petroleum Institute hosted the 3rd Annual

Math, Chemistry and Physics competition for students

of the Glenelg School of Abu Dhabi. The main purpose of the

MSLPI (Math & Science League at the Petroleum Institute) is

to stimulate interest in Mathematics, Chemistry and Physics

and to develop talent through the excitement of solving challenging

problems in a timed format. The degree of difficulty

of the problems ranged from easy to quite difficult. Students

who participate in the MSLPI usually find that most of the

problems are challenging but within their grasp. The problems

on the MSLPI are chosen so that the solutions illustrate

important principles specific for each topic.

GSAD students from Grades 11 & 12 participated in this

tournament. The venue for the girls was Arzanah building,

and for the boys Habshan building. The event started with

three 25-minute sessions for testing individuals in Physics,

Chemistry, and Math followed by a buffet lunch offered by

The PI launches students’ Photography competition

The College of Arts and Sciences launched during the first

quarter of 2010 the 1st photography competition themed

‘Life in the UAE’, for three categories: people, culture and

heritage, and wildlife.

The great success of the event was manifested by over one

hundred entries, of a very professional standard, which made

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the Petroleum Institute. The climax of the event was the team

competition. The students split into six competing teams with

a sponsor assigned to each team. A representative from each

team had to run to the team’s sponsor, get a card with a question

on it, run back to the team, discuss the question, and run

back to the sponsor with the answer. If the answer was correct,

the team received the allocated mark; if the answer was incorrect,

the team was given the chance for a second trial for which

the team received half the allocated marks for a correct answer.

The six teams had the same pack of questions and the scores

were continually updated on a white board.

judging the competition very challenging.

The contribution of WISE Program students was significant,

as three female students 3 won prizes in the three categories

of the competition:

1st prize in the ‘Wildlife’ category:

Mariam Al Hammadi, for her photograph of a wild flower.

2nd prize in the ‘People’ category:

Najoud Bani Hammad, for her portrait of her little cousin.

Runner-up in the ‘Culture & Heritage’ category:

Salama Al Marzouqi, for her photograph of a traditional

door.

Runner-up in the ‘Wildlife’ category:

Mariam Al Hammadi, for her photograph of a camel gazing

at the sky.

Eighteen winning entries were displayed in the Arzanah

lobby.

The prizes award ceremony was organized on March 2nd in

the presence of Dr Dennis Siginer, Assistant Provost, in his

capacity as member of the Planning and Judging Committees.


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The PI Hosts a Distinguished Scholar

Lecture: on Evolution of UAE Coastal

Sabkha

The WISE Program organized on

March 2010 in cooperation with the Petroleum

Geosciences Department a scientific

lecture titled “Recent Advances

in Understanding the Evolution of UAE

Coastal Sabkha’ by Dr. Warren Wood,

Visiting Professor and Visiting Lecturer,

Michigan State University and the University

of Oxford, and Scientist Emeritus

in U. S. Geological Survey.

Dr Wood said that his research into

the UAE’s coastal sabkha is divided into

four new studies which provide insight

into the chemical and physical evolution

The Petroleum Institute hosted on March 2010 the second

Math & Sciences tournament in which 29 female and

23 male students from Glenelg School in Abu Dhabi contested

for prizes

The tournament involved 75 minutes of individualbased

events and 75 minutes of team-based events. The

questions of the tournament focused on physics, chemistry

and math.

Dr. Nadia Al Hasani, Director of the WISE Program attended

the prize-giving ceremony and handed over the

prizes to the wining teams as per the following:

1st rank Prize: Erum Mansoor (Grade 12) with 39 points

2nd rank Prize: Rim Malas (Grade 11B) with 23 points:

The winning Team: Farah Elderbi (G11A), Rim Malas

(G11B), Zoha Aoraiath (G11A) Fakhera Al Neami (G11A)

with 39.5 points.

The event would not have been such a great success without

the following Petroleum Institute faculty members, representing

the AUP program and Arts & Sciences

department, whose contributions ranged from planning

the event and helping with the logistics, to the creative task

of the coastal sabkha of the Emirate of

Abu Dhabi, UAE. He pointed out that

the joint work with Dr. Orfan

Shouakary of the University of Waterloo

and Dr. Tom Kraemer of the US Geological

Survey on bromine isotopes have

provided the “smoking gun” that provides

unique primary evidence for the

ascending brine model for solutes in the

UAE coastal sabkha. These approaches

will become the “gold standard” for differentiating

sea water from deep-basin

brines in these environments. In addition

we have utilized in our work with

Dr. Remke van Dam and others of

Michigan State University, the geophysical

resistivity methods to identify primary

evidence of density-driven free

convection postulated by the ascending

brine model he said.

The PI Organizes Mathematics & Science

League Tournament 2010

of writing questions for the tournament: Curtis Bradley;

Issam Kobrsi; David Allison; Mariam Al Hanai; Abdellatif

Bouchalkha; Xun Wang; Jaap Geluk; Sean Stewart; Jeff

Seela; Behrouz Emamizadeh, Mirella Elkadi, Andriy Didenko,

Gary Miller, Hedi Guefrachi and Khaled Dib. A

number of students have also contributed to the great success

of this event in partuclar Nabila Al Kindy and Wily

Decson Barndet who won the silver prize.

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Social Activities

ADNOC Desert Safari

unforgettable stunning experience

The UAE enjoys magnificent views full of fascinating and attractive scenes suitable to

host family recreational activities to ADNOC employees and their families. This magnificent

environment gives a feeling of pleasure and tension- free atmosphere, thanks to

the great number of the recreational facilities suitable for all family members to enjoy

their leisure time especially during winter.

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In order to avail the opportunity to

ADNOC employees to enjoy unforgettable

moments in the attractive sandy

dunes of Abu Dhabi the Recreational

Activities Committee of the Public

Services Division organized desert Safari

to Al Khatam area to the families and

adventurous persons as well.

Four luxurious mini buses stuffed

with water, soft drinks and foods left

ADNOC head office in the early morning

hours accompanied by wellequipped

ambulance from the Medical

Services Division. Passing through the

vast green areas dotted with fascinating

scenes the mini buses reached Al

Khatam area. From there the employees

and their families were picked up in luxury

4WD vehicles manned by professional

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awesome views for 30 minutes intercepted

by breaks for photograph taking.

The safari lovers also had unforgettable

times of skiing from the highest dunes

on ski boards a very popular part of the

desert safari

The off-road Arabian adventure also

included interesting events and activities

organized by the events coordinators

to the young Safari lovers. The

employees and their families also en-

joyed an Arabian BBQ buffet and

dessert with traditional cups of coffee

and dates and Hinna decorations for the

ladies and young women.

It was a more personal way to experi-

ence the desert environment; you get a

glimpse of the desert vegetation the

strange insects on the sands and a

thrilling experience to enjoy the sunset

under the clear desert sky.

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