Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC) on Monday revealed plans to dramatically expand the town of Al Ruwais to accommodate a $3.1bn to its refinery there.
The state oil giant first announced the integrated refinery and petrochemicals project in February under wider plans to invest $109bn in its gas and downstream capabilities.
A joint venture of South Korea’s Samsung Engineering and the Netherland’s C B & I, was awarded the engineering, procurement and construction contract for the project.
ADNOC said the population of Al Ruwais, in Al Dhafra, was expected to double over the next 15 years to 50,000 people and it would build more than 3,000 new housing units to accommodate this growth, bringing the number of houses in the town to 10,000.
The Ruwais City development will span 6.9sqkm and include a new beach, central park and heritage market, an 18-hole golf course, cricket pitch, hiking and running track, public transport network and community, government and health centres.
Other facilities in the area include seven schools, higher technology college, three pharmacies, three markets, three travel agencies, four fitness clubs, two parks, shopping mall, police station, civil defence centre, four exchanges, hospital ans other facilities currently available.
“The modernisation and development of Ruwais will have direct and tangible economic and social impacts through rehabilitation, training and employment opportunities for the country’s citizens and enhancing the quality of life of Ruwais residents and Al Dhafra area in general,” said ruler’s representative in Al Dhafra Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed Al Nahyan.