BP has been working in the Middle East for over a hundred years, going back to the foundation of the Anglo-Persian Oil Company in 1909
With our upstream activities in Abu Dhabi and our downstream business managed from Dubai, the United Arab Emirates is an important hub for BP’s operations across the Middle East.
What we do
Our relationship with the United Arab Emirates goes back to the early 1930s, when Air BP established a refuelling depot in Sharjah to serve the first airplanes en route from the UK to India.
The head office for our regional upstream activities is in Abu Dhabi.
Further along the coast to the north, Dubai is the regional hub for our refining and marketing businesses known as BP Middle East. BP markets oil products, including aviation and marine fuels and lubricants and provides technical support and other related services across the region, from Egypt in the west to Sri Lanka in the east.
The regional office of BP’s trading division is also based in Dubai and is actively involved in regional markets for crude and refined products, linking into BP's refining and marketing networks as well as international petroleum markets.
Our people and partners
In Abu Dhabi, BP’s interests include joint venture partnerships with Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC) and shareholdings in the Abu Dhabi Marine Operating Company (BP share 14.67%), , Abu Dhabi Gas Liquefaction Limited (10%), the Natural Gas Shipping Company (10%), and Bunduq Company Limited (3%). BP seconds experts to ADNOC and the operating companies, providing technical and managerial support. We also invest in developing local capabilities, including through seconding national staff to different BP locations worldwide. BP equity production from Abu Dhabi is around 90,000 barrels of oil per day
The refining and marketing side of our business includes the joint venture blending plants in Dubai, which produce premium quality lubricants under the BP, Castrol, Duckhams and Veedol brands.
Air BP in Dubai is responsible for our sales to airlines in over 20 countries from Egypt in the west to Bangladesh in the east. We participate in Joint venture operations in the UAE, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and Lebanon. Air BP also has technical and commercial service agreements with key regional partners such as Adnoc - Distribution in Abu Dhabi, Oman National Oil Company, Indian Oil Corporation, Maldives Airports Company and Misr Petroleum. We are the sole provider of storage and into-plane refuelling services at Sharjah International Airport.