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For Al Ruwais in Qatar, see Ar Ru'ays.Al Ruwais ( الرويس "the small head") is a town located some 240 kilometers west of Abu Dhabi city in the Western Region of Abu Dhabi Emirate. The "Al" in the Arabic name "Al Ruwais" is largely dropped in relation to the Ruwais Refinery and other industrial development.The Ruwais industrial and housing complex has been developed by ADNOC as a major contributor to the national economy and represents a series of multimillion-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 120000oilbbl-per-day refinery, which was expanded in 1985 with the commissioning of a 27000oilbbl/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 Petrochemical Complex by Abu Dhabi National Polymers Company (Borouge), a marine terminal and a sulfur handling terminal.Plan your holiday in Ruwais and other destinations, from the rural, to the urban, and everything in between, using our United Arab Emirates trip planner.
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