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.
Supply chain management encompasses demand and supply planning, suppliers, inventory, warehouse and logistics management. It covers all processes related to raw materials and associated information from sourcing to end users. There are various certification exams developed for supply chain professionals, namely APIC's certification (Certified Supply Chain Professional or CSCP), ISCEA'S certification (Certified Supply Chain Manager or CSCM), and the CISCM certificate (Chartered Supply Chain Management Professional or CSCMP).