ADNOC has a permanent presence in Abu Dhabi’s Al Dhafra Region, and works alongside the Al Dhafra Region Development Council to support the sustainable economic growth and social development of the region.
We actively support the communities of Ruwais, Madinat Zayed, Liwa and Shuweihat – collectively known as Al Gharbia, or the Western Region – providing resources, employment and training opportunities to UAE nationals. The region’s companies are also given priority in the provision of contracting and supply services.
We also sponsor several high profile annual events in the region, including the Liwa Date Festival, which encourages more sustainable cultivation and irrigation practices; the Al Dhafra Camel Festival, a unique festival with the world’s only camel beauty contest and the Al Gharbia Falconry Festival, which provides an opportunity for falconers, experts and researchers to enjoy the traditional sport of falconry.
One of ADNOC’s biggest success stories is the transformation of Ruwais, located 240 kilometers west of Abu Dhabi city, from a remote desert site to a modern industrial city.
We created the Ruwais Housing Complex in 1980, a multi-million-dollar investment that provides residential facilities for employees of the Ruwais Industrial Complex, our downstream operations hub. Distributed over a geographical boundary of 15 km2 this complex includes over 7,000 residential units - ranging from one-bedroom apartments to four-bedroom, double-story ‘executive’ villas – and features a number of recreation parks, planted with more than 30,000 trees.
The complex also features a modern general hospital and purpose-built clinic, 5 schools – providing elementary to secondary education – a shopping mall with 53 outlets, in addition to 16 kiosks with ice ring, a Cineplex, and 5 recreation centers/health clubs.
We established Ruwais Hospital, along with a purpose-built clinic, to provide medical care to the residents of the Ruwais Housing Complex. The hospital provides a full range of general and emergency medical services, including cardiology, maternity, pediatrics, dentistry and ophthalmology, on both an out-patient and in-patient basis.
The emergency department, which is staffed by highly-skilled medical officers and well-trained nurses, is open 24 hours a day and operates a round-the-clock ambulance service, not only for ADNOC employees and their families but the whole of the immediate neighborhood.
The fully-integrated RHC clinic is open six days a week and provides a comprehensive health-care program to all residents of the housing complex. It offers a wide range of general practitioner and specialist services, including nursing and child welfare, immunization and vaccination, school health, dental and physiotherapy services.
We proudly sponsor several high profile annual events that include the Liwa Dates Festival, which showcases our nation’s valued fruit and encourages local farmers to adopt more sustainable cultivation and irrigation techniques; the Al Dhafra Camel Festival, a unique festival with the world’s only camel beauty contest; the Al Gharbia Watersports Festival, a 10-day event that attracts watersport amateurs and professionals from around the world; and the Al Gharbia Falconry Festival, which provides an opportunity for falconers, experts and researchers to enjoy the traditional sport of falconry.