|Located some 240
kilometers west of Abu Dhabi city, the Ruwais•I-industrial and Housing Complex has been developed by ADNOC as
a major contributor to the national economy and represents a series of
multi-million-dollar investments by the Company.
The Ruwais story began in the 1970s, when plans were laid to
transform a remote desert site into a self-contained industrial town,
geared to fulfilling the downstream requirements of Abu Dhabi's
booming oil and gas industry.
Centered around ADNOC's Ruwais Refinery, the complex was officially
inaugurated in 1982 by His Highness Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al
Nahyan, President of the UAE, Ruler of Abu Dhabi and the visionary
behind Abu Dhabi's remarkable development and prosperity.
Once a small fishing headland from which a handful of people
scratched a seasonal living, Ruwais today is one of the most modern
industrial complexes in the Middle East.
In addition to the original 120,000 barrels-per-day refinery, which
was expanded in 1985 with the commissioning of a 27,000 b/d
hydro cracker complex, major facilities at Ruwais include a natural gas
liquids fractionation plant operated by Abu Dhabi Gas Industries Ltd
(GASCO), a fertilizer plant run by Ruwais Fertilizer Industries (FERTIL),
a marine terminal and a sulphur handling terminal.
Industry needs people and so Ruwais has also been developed into a
model 'new town' with a population of several thousand.
The Ruwais Housing Complex, covering an area of six square
kilometers, is located 10 kilometers away from the industrial plants.
In line with ADNOC'S policy of offering staff and their families all
modem amenities, comfortable air-conditioned housing units are set in
beautifully landscaped grounds.
The complex has its own shops, schools, banks, mosques, clinic and
hospital, and a wide range of sporting and leisure amenities including a
beach club and an 'in-house' TV and video station.
The Ruwais Refinery was commissioned in June, 1981 was inaugurated officially in March 1982.
The Following are the Refinery Installations
Ruwais Housing Complex (RHC) — which has its own shopping
centers, schools, mosques, medical services, sports and recreation
RHC families receive the very best of medical care. thanks to a
These water tanks are symbols of RHC. As you enter the RHC from the Highway the tanks are a reminder that you have reached Ruwais
Recreation Park for children
Duck Pond as it is called in the RHC. A Fish Restaurant is located close to it.
Clinic in RHC
The average daytime temperature within
the area rarely exceeds 41 C, with extreme maximum ranging up to 50 C.
In the winter months the lowest daytime
mean temperature will usually not be below 20 C
Relative humidity is high throughout
the year, averaging about 70% and reaching 95% or more in the early
morning hours and late nights.
In winter the humidity may temporarily
fall below 50% during a shamal (strong wind).
The rainfall at Ruwais is not
accurately known but ranges approximately between 0 to 100 millimeters,
averaging around 20 millimeters per year.
Most of the rainfalls occur during the
period November to March in the form of showers or thunderstorms.
In an average year, measurable rain may
fall on about 10 – 15 days.
Note : The above pictures and text are taken from Adnoc peoples magazine.