BP in the United Arab Emirates

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
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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%), the Abu Dhabi Company for Onshore Oil Operators (9.5%), 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 235,000 barrels of oil per day – a significant proportion of our total oil production worldwide.

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. 

Community investment

BP aims to make a difference to the communities in which we operate. We strive to be a force for good and demonstrate this through the creation of job opportunities, the engagement of local suppliers and supporting development projects.

BP is committed to the development of local capabilites through various educational programmes.

All our businesses throughout the Gulf region support the BP Young Adventurers Programme. Developed by BP to help develop 14-18 year olds in the Gulf, the programme has taken thousands of teenagers on weekends of learning and adventure to help build their leadership skills, and make them more safety-conscious and environmentally aware.

We support the Abu Dhabi Petroleum Institute, which is a pioneering educational establishment founded through collaboration between the industry and professional consortiums. The Petroleum Institute is a significant contribution to human capital, developing the people and expertise needed to sustain Abu Dhabi’s oil and gas industry.  

BP is one of the founding supporters of the Emirates Foundation for Youth Development, an independent UAE organisation that uses venture philanthropy to help young people in the country reach their full potential. Through our strategic partnership with Emirates Foundation we support developing local capability and youth by developing their skills, leadership and motivation needed to pursue successful careers in the private sector.

BP sponsors the Environment Agency Abu Dhabi (EAD) to support the Sustainable Schools Initiative (SSI). SSI is a project that helps build the capacity of schools to address their own environmental impact and roll out a sustained environment education and awareness activity for the whole school community.

BP supports Khalifa Fund for Enterprise Development to help build capacity and share knowledge and experience around small medium-sized enterprises to create a new generation of Emirati enterpreneurs 

BP supports two special university awards programmes in the UAE; with the American University of Sharjah (AUS) and the Khalifa University (KU), to recognize student’s outstanding achivements for their academic projects and research.

Please use the contact details below to call or write to us at BP in the United Arab Emirates. We aim to deal with your enquiries as quickly as possible.

BP offices in the United Arab Emirates

  • BP Exploration Operating Co Ltd
  • CI Tower, 6th Floor
    Khalidiyah (32nd) Street
    PO Box 46600 Abu Dhabi, UAE
  • Tel: +9712 493 5555
    Fax: +9712 493 5556