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Al Ruwais is a town located some 240 kilometers west of Abu Dhabi city in the Western Region of Abu Dhabi Emirate. The Ruwais 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. 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 the 1970s, 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 on Takreer's Ruwais Refinery, the complex was officially inaugurated in 1982 by Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, the late President of the UAE and Ruler of Abu Dhabi, and the visionary behind Abu Dhabi's remarkable development and prosperity. In addition to the original 120,000 barrels (19,000 m3)-per-day refinery, which was expanded in 1985 with the commissioning of a 27,000 bbl/d (4,300 m3/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, Borouge, a marine terminal and a sulfur handling terminal.

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.

Takreer Ruwais Refinery[edit]

Takreer Logo

The Ruwais Refinery was commissioned in June, 1981, and was inaugurated officially in March 1982.

The following are the Refinery Installations:

  • Crude Distillilation and Desalting Unit
  • Naphtha HydroDesulphurisation Unit
  • Catalytic Reformer Unit
  • Kerosene HydroTreater Unit
  • Heavy Gas Oil HydroDesulphuriser Unit
  • Vacuum Unit
  • Unibon Unit
  • Hydrogen Unit
  • Acid Gas removal Unit
  • Refinery Utilities
  • Tank Farm and Offsites
  • Marine Terminal
  • Unleaded Gasoline Unit
  • Green Diesel
  • General Utility Plant
  • BeAAT Plant (Central Environmental Facilities)

Ruwais Housing Complex[edit]

Watertowers of Ruwais Housing Complex

Ruwais Housing Complex (RHC) — which has its own shopping centers, schools, mosques, medical services, sports and recreation centers, banking and postal services, and a cable TV and video station — covers an area of six square kilometers. It lies between Ruwais Industrial Complex and Jebel Dhana, just off the main highway running westwards into Saudi Arabia. RHC was built in two phases between 1979 and 1984; in line with ADNOC's policy of ensuring that employees and their families have the very best of social and welfare facilities, all efforts have been made to make it a fully integrated community.

The complex has 1,357 residential units, ranging from one-bedroom apartments to four-bedroom, double-story 'executive' villas. All have modern furnishing and fittings and are set amidst landscaped grounds. A large area of RHC has been planted with a variety of trees, shrubs, flower beds and lawns. It has a number of recreation parks and a green belt around the perimeter covers 140 hectares which is planted with more than 22,000 trees. To ensure a regular supply of plants all year round, the complex has its own nursery to propagate seeding. Tills has up to 250,000 plants in stock.

Although families who live in RHC are some 250 kilometers away from Abu Dhabi, a limited range of consumer goods is available. The complex has three commercial centers with more than 40 shops and two markets selling everything from foodstuffs to electrical goods, household items and basic clothing. The educational needs of Ruwais children, from nursery through to secondary level, are met by a total of 10 schools. Seven are managed by the Ministry of Education and three are privately owned, offering British or Indian systems. The schools, private and government, are equipped with modern classrooms and other facilities, such as science laboratories and libraries. RHC has two recreation centers, one exclusively for women. The other is currently undergoing major renovation but will be open to all. Sports facilities include a swimming pool open to men, gymnasium, theatre, bowling alley, general activity halls, tennis courts, library, restaurants and cafeterias. Cultural events, often involving troupes and performers from overseas, are staged regularly at the recreation centers. Residents also have access to a beach club at Jebel Dhanna, which in addition to water sports facilities has a TV and Games hall. There is also a local TV and video station which operates on a cable network. The complex has all the ancillary services required of a modern town, including a well-maintained road network, street lighting in all areas, and a sewage system which includes a treatment plant for recycling sewage water for irrigation purposes. Electricity and desalinated water supplies are provided directly from the refinery. Ruwais was affected by a storm in mid of November, which uprooted about 2000 trees.


Ruwais Town is divided into 5 parts. They are Ruwais 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5.

Ruwais 1[edit]

Ruwais 1 was inaugurated in 1982, and mostly consists of villas and few 4 story apartment buildings. The Ruwais Recreation Center, as well as the iconic "Ruwais Duck Pond" (which is currently closed due to works) are located here. Ruwais 1 is nearer to the Refinery, and also is the place where many businesses are located. From supermarkets to sport shops; banks to travel agencies; groceries, saloons, restaurants, furniture, bakeries, stationary shops, clothing shops, gift shops, you can find anything in Ruwais 1. The villas are primarily based in 1970s and 1980s villas from the United States of America. It is the oldest area in Ruwais, and is located in the North. The Main Ruwais Bus Stop and a heli-pad along with schools are also located here. Several parks give the residents some enjoyment. The Ruwais Housing Complex Clinc was located here, near the Ruwais Ladies Club. After the opening of the Ruwais Hospital, the Clinic was moved to Ruwais 3. The Bank Buildings, called because it as several banks and travel agencies are located here.

The Emirates General Market, a part of the EMKE Group is located here, and it is where most South Asians shop. The Abu Dhabi Market is located in the western side, and it is mostly used by Europeans and East Asians. The Ruwais Automatic Bakeries is commonly used by labourers and near by residents.

The Senior Campus of International School of SABIS School and the two junior schools of Asian International Pvt. School are located here. Kindergarten campus of Ruwais Private School and Borouge Training Centers are also found here. Buses are shuttled around every 1 and half hours, and common destinations are the Ruwais Mall, Ruwais Hospital and markets.

Ruwais 2[edit]

Built during 2000-2002, it as hundreds of 4 floored apartments. Ruwais 2 is mainly known for its large park, the Ruwais 2 Park. It provides a popular resting spot, and many families have dinner here during the cool nights. It has many rides to attract children. Ruwais 2 mostly consists of residencies, and has one small grocery store and a fast food restaurant. The Senior campus of Asian International School is located here.

Ruwais 3[edit]

Ruwais 3 is located on the south of Ruwais 2, and it is divided by an avenue road. The Higher College of Technology, Ruwais is located here. It consists fully of apartments, while new villas for local residents are also built here.

Ruwais 4[edit]

Ruwais 4 consists mainly of 5, 7 and newly built 11 floor buildings. The location is close to Glenelg School Of Abu Dhabi, Ruwais. A new Male health center will be built shortly. It consists of all a male health center needs to have. Two ADNOC oasis 365 are built, One in building 130 and one in 143. These shops provide grocery to travelers and the people living in Ruwais.

Ruwais 5[edit]

Ruwais 5 consists of high rise flats of 12, 15 floor buildings. It is located opposite to Ruwais 4. All the latest modern technological advancements are installed within the buildings.

Ruwais Mall[edit]

On January 29, 2014, the first ever built mall in Ruwais was inaugurated. The mall consists of a department store and a grocery shop. The branch of these shops is Lulu Hypermarket. The mall has two well known ice cream shops, Cold Stone Creamery and London Dairy. It has two well-known fast food restaurants - KFC and Pizza Hut. For children, there is another attraction - Funville. Near Funville lies Cine Royal, the mall's cinema. There are 3D cinemas showing the latest releases. Two shops for sports franchises are built, Athletic's Co. and Sun and Sand Sports Co.These shops sell products from worldwide companies such as Nike, Adidas, Reebok, Nike, Dunlop, Wilson etc. An Indian restaurant, Royal Tandoor is also available. Starbucks Coffee has recently opened which is located outside the main entrance. Shops: Sun and Sand Sports Centrepoint Malabar Gold and Diamonds The Children's Place Cold Stone Creamery

RHC Hospital and Clinic[edit]

A purpose-built local, modern general hospital opened in 2012 to cater for medical, clinical and dental needs of residents. The hospital is administered by the Medical Services Division of the Administration Directorate. Ruwais Hospital is a 36-bed acute-care facility providing the 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, 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. Ambulance crews are on hand, for example, to attend LO road accidents along the highway between Tarif and Sila. The RHC Clinic is now fully integrated with Ruwais Hospital, and provides a comprehensive health-care programme 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. Ruwais Housing Complex is managed by Ruwais Housing Division, part of the ADNOC Administration Director. For specialist medical services, many residents are often obliged to travel the 240 km for an appointment with other health professionals.

Ruwais site conditions[edit]

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 7 to 10 days.

Inside Ruwais[edit]

Given that Ruwais is a smaller city, it enjoys a huge population of workers and employees who all enjoy the peacefulness of the town. Projects are always on the rise and work never ends but when their shifts are over the Ruwaisians are never sick of watching the sunset and smoking shisha at the beach rest area, a must see attraction in Ruwais.

Ruwais is a peaceful place due to minimal traffic. It is not like the big cities of Abu-Dhabi and Dubai. It is pollution-free and calm. For relaxing, the "Ruwaisians" (as they are sometimes called) like going to the beach, hanging out at the recreation center which consists of a bowling alley, a huge swimming pool, cinema, theater, library, food corner, tennis area, restaurant, a big hall and other facilities. Ruwais 2 park is a very common place to meet up with people. It is situated near the two big tennis courts and a huge football court. People come there to play, hang out, or simply just to walk.

One of the other attraction is the great 3 BLUE TANKERS , the water towers which people usually are able to climb and then watch the amazing sun sets.


The education in Ruwais is from three main schools, The Asian International Pvt. School, International school of Chouefat and Glenelg School of Abu Dhabi.

Asian International Pvt. School – The school's current principal is Mrs. Rohini Jayaram and the Vice-Principal is Mr. Munish Kumar Shrivastav . Senior School (Grade 3 onwards) is located in Ruwais 2 near the park (ground).The junior school (grade 1 and 2) is located near the clinic. There is a separate school for the KG classes. The strength of the school is well over 1000 students. It follows the CBSE (New Delhi) curriculum. Previously, this school was called the Gayathi Indian School, Ruwais Branch. The Annual day and the Sports day are the main extra curricular events in the calendar and along with several other competitions like Science & Art Exhibition, Debating, Elocution, Quizzes etc., they promote the all round development of students.

The International School of Choueifat - Senior School, is located in Ruwais 1. It consists of grades 6 to 13. the director is Mohammad Haraki and the AQC'S are Feras, Nafeesa . International School of Choueifat - Infant School, is also in Ruwais 1 and is near to the Senior School, while the Junior School, which consists of KG to grade 4, is located in Ruwais 2. Previously, this school was called Ruwais International School and was located close to the iconic sports field & Emirates Supermarket.

The Glenelg School of Abu Dhabi was founded in 2008 by the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC). It is one of the educational entities and is part of ADNOC’s educational family of learning institutions. The founding and setting up of the school was based on a collaboration with the Glenelg Country School, a leading independent school in Maryland, USA. The curriculum of the school is American-based and leads towards the Advanced Placement (AP) examinations. The Elementary School is in its fourth year and has a full roll of around 775 students from KG1 to Grade 5. The Male campus, now in its third year of operation, currently hosts 325, both male and female students from Grade 6-12. Principal of the Elementary School is Ms Tammy Tusek, Male Campus Dr. Amy Bhutta. The school hosts many events such as Fun Run, International Day, Musical Concert and Sports Day. Students can keep their books in lockers, provided by school. Overall, the school has tended to be an over satisfactory school. In May 2014, Glenelg Schools of Abu Dhabi received accreditation from Middle States Association for the next 7 years.

There are few Public School as well, which most Arabs tend to enroll their children in.

DANAT hotel[edit]

9 km from the RHC, this seaside hotel was built in 2004 it has an all 5 star service. 3 restaurants offer a range of cuisines, and there is a large outdoor recreation area.

Investments in Ruwais[edit]

There are large investments in Ruwais that are helping Ruwais to be wealthy and to progress. There are more plans for Ruwais and its lead by ADNOC (Abu Dhabi National Oil Company). ADNOC is the largest investment in Ruwais, making Ruwais its major hub for its oil products.

The Shuweihat S1 Independent Water and Power Project comprises a “greenfield” power generation and water desalination facility (the “Plant”) in operation since 2004, with a power generation capacity of 1500 MW & 100 MIGD distillate.

  • TAKREER[2]
  • GASCO[3]
  • BOROUGE[4]
  • Shuweihat Asia Power Company (S3 Power Plant 1600 MW Gas Combined Cycle)
  • Glenelg School of Abu Dhabi[5]
  • International School of Choueifat - Ruwais (Ruwais Private School)
  • Asian International School
  • Al Fardan Exchange(For remittance and foreign currency)
  • Abu Dhabi Market
  • Euro Emirates camp (accommodation and catering services)[6]
  • Emirates General Market
  • Adnoc Oasis
  • Ruwais Automatic Bakery
  • Jizzin cafeteria
  • Ruwais Garden restaurant
  • Fathima supermarket
  • UAE Exchange Centre LLC
  • Al Ruwais Pharmacy
  • Emirates General Market (A branch of LuLu)
  • Adil Trading Co.
  • Al Ruwais Supermarket
  • Grocery Store
  • Gift Shop
  • Sidney 3000 Saloon
  • Al Yas Saloon
  • Mr.White Laundry
  • Clean Go
  • Kodak Express Studio
  • Silver Star Fruit Restaurant
  • Vegetable Market
  • Fish Market
  • Omeir Travel Agency Ltd.
  • Stationary Shop
  • Fathima Electronics
  • Nayak Gift Shop
  • ADCO
  • Southern fried chicken (SFC)
  • Tasty Hut Restaurant
  • Dubai Restaurant
  • Fathima Market
  • Stalls
  • Al- Safa Saloon
  • Car Wash
  • Al Ruwais Cafe
  • Sports Shop
  • Ruwais Shopping Mall[7]


  1. ^ [1][dead link]
  2. ^ "Abu Dhabi Oil Refining Company". Takreer. Retrieved 2014-03-07. 
  3. ^ "Welcome to GASCO". 2011-05-03. Retrieved 2014-03-07. 
  4. ^ "Home". 2008-06-21. Retrieved 2014-03-07. 
  5. ^ "Welcome to GSAD". Retrieved 2014-03-07. 
  6. ^ "Euro Emirates Group : Homepage". Retrieved 2014-03-07. 
  7. ^ "Ruwais Shopping Mall - Engineering Consultants Group S.A". Retrieved 2014-03-07. 

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Coordinates: 24°07′N 52°44′E / 24.117°N 52.733°E / 24.117; 52.733