Shell's involvement in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi began in 1939 as shareholder of Petroleum Development (Trucial Coast
) Ltd and it remains committed to its joint ventures in Abu Dhabi, while contributing to sustainable development in the oil and gas industry.
Background: The search for oil in Dubai began in 1937, two years before the concessionaire Petroleum Development Trucial Coast
(PD/TC) moved to Abu Dhabi.
Shell has been doing business in Abu Dhabi since 1939 when it became a shareholder in oil and gas producer Petroleum Development (Trucial Coast
On November 12, 1954, Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, governor of Al-Ain (the eastern province of Abu Dhabi) arrived in Ibri from Buraimi at the request of Edward Henderson, then representing the Petroleum Development, Trucial Coast
TYRO ON THE TRUCIAL COAST
By Julian Walker Published by The Memoir Club ISBN: 1 84104 005 3 Price: 14.95 [pounds sterling] hardback
As we celebrate the progress and prosperity of the UAE, it seems almost unbelievable that just 42 years ago the world knew this region merely as a vast desert area called the Trucial Coast
. It comprised of small states led by their own individual rulers, and known largely for pearl diving, fishing and date farming.
The sheikh of Ras al-Khaymah, who saw himself according to one knowledgeable observer as "the Bonaparte of the Trucial Coast
," was less accommodating than the sheikh of Sharjah and wanted no deals with the Iranians.(7) In addition, because Ras al-Khaymah did not join the UAE until 1972, Iran was less likely to reach an accord with it than with Sharjah.
From the 1910s up to the 1930s, the oil companies were busy with their successes in Iran and Iraq and did not spend much time thinking about Abu Dhabi or anywhere else in the Trucial Coast
, which was very remote from their area of operations, and of whose rulers they were largely unaware.