Harvesting an abundance of oil and natural gas resources, the Middle East supplies nearly half of all exports to the global oil market. Middle Eastern countries Iran, Iraq, Kuwait, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates are all members of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC), which pumps roughly 40% of the world's oil, with Saudi Arabia leading the pack for the greatest amount of output. OPEC's crude oil production was 28.7 million barrels per day in the first half of 2009.
Legal roles can be defined as any position within an organization that provides guidelines and advice on how the business should interpret rules, laws and regulations. They are also involved in the legal aspects of day-to-day operations, like employee contracts. The Legal department is often able to give recommendations and advice on regulations, suggesting preferred actions for the business to take.