Bordered by the Gulf of Oman and the Persian Gulf, between Oman and Saudi Arabia, lies the Unites Arab Emirates (UAE). Consisting of seven states joined on the Arabian Peninsula, the UAE boasts one of the most developed economies in the Middle East. Notably the second largest Arab economy and holder of the fifth largest proven oil reserves and fourth largest proven natural gas reserves in the region, the UAE is expanding its oil and natural gas industry at a rapid pace. An OPEC member since 1967, the UAE has proven oil reserves of close to 98 billion barrels and proven natural gas reserves of 214 trillion cubic feet.
Petroleum engineers handle many responsibilities, but on a basic level they are responsible for locating, recovering and maintaining the world’s oil and gas supplies. Petroleum engineers design and develop methods for extracting oil and gas from below the earth’s surface. Their duties can also include managing an oil or gas producing property once it is operational and maximizing the performance and profitability of a well. Petroleum engineers are involved in all stages of well production, from helping to locate a potential well site, through drilling, production, processing and transportation. Some job titles a petroleum engineer may carry include reservoir engineer, drilling engineer or production engineer.