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Ruwais Housing Complex

Ruwais Housing Complex (RHC) — which has its own shopping centers, schools, mosques, medical services, sports and recreation centers, banking and postal services, and even a cable TV and video station — covers an area of six square kilometers. It lies between Ruwais Industrial Complex and Jebel Dhana, just off the main highway running westwards into Saudi Arabia. RHC was built in two phases between 1979 and 1984, and in line with ADNOC's policy of ensuring that employees and their families have the very best of social and welfare facilities, all efforts have been made to make it a fully integrated community. The complex has 1,357 residential units, ranging from one-bedroom apartments to four-bedroom, double-story 'executive' villas. All have modern furnishing and fittings and are pleasantly set amidst landscaped grounds. A large area of RHC has been planted with a variety of trees, shrubs, flower beds and lawns. It has a number of recreation parks and a green belt around the perimeter covers 140 hectares and is planted with more than 22,000 trees. To ensure a regular supply of plants all year round, the complex has its own nursery to propagate seeding.

Tills is a veritable gardener's paradise, with up to 250,000 plants in stock. Although families who live in RHC are some 250 kilometers away from Abu Dhabi, a wide range of consumer goods is available. The complex has three commercial centers with more than 40 shops and two supermarkets selling everything from foodstuffs to electrical goods, household items and fashion-wear. The educational needs of Ruwais children, from nursery through to secondary level, are met by a total of 10 schools. Seven are managed by the Ministry of Education and three are privately owned, offering British or Indian systems. The schools, private and government, are equipped with modern classrooms and other facilities, such as science laboratories and libraries. RHC has two recreation centers, one exclusively for women. The other is open to all and facilities include a swimming pool, gymnasium, theatre, bowling alley, general activity halls, tennis courts, library, restaurants and cafeterias. Cultural events, often involving troupes and performers from overseas, are staged regularly at the recreation centers. For days at the seaside, residents have access to a beach dub at Jebel Dhanna, which in addition to water sports facilities has a TV and Games hall. RHC residents can always be sure of something interesting to watch on their television sets, thanks to a local TV and video station which operates on a cable network. The complex has all the ancillary services required of a modern town, including a well-maintained road network, street lighting in all areas, and a sewage system which includes a treatment plant for recycling sewage water for irrigation purposes. Electricity and desalinated water supplies are provided directly from the refinery.


RHC Hospital & Clinic
RHC families receive the very best of medical care. thanks to a purpose-built local clinic and a modern general hospital situated near the industrial area, 10 kilometers away. The clinic and the hospital are administered by the Medical Services Division of the Administration Directorate. Ruwais Hospital is a 36-bed acute-care facility providing the full range of general and emergency medical services, including cardiology, maternity, pediatrics, dentistry and ophthalmology, on both an out-patient and in-patient basis. The emergency department, staffed by highly skilled medical officers and well-trained nurses, is open 24 hours a day and operates a round-the-clock ambulance service, not only for ADNOC employees and their families but the whole of the immediate neighborhood. Ambulance crews are on hand, for example, to attend LO road accidents along the highway between Tarif and Sila. The RHC Clinic, which is open six days a week and is fully integrated with Ruwais Hospital, provides a comprehensive health-care programmed to all residents of the housing complex. It offers a wide range of general practitioner and specialist services, including nursing and child welfare, immunization and vaccination, school health, dental and physiotherapy services. Ruwais Housing Complex is managed by Ruwais Housing Division, part of the ADNOC Administration Directorate.


Ruwais site conditions
The average daytime temperature within the area rarely exceeds 41 C, with extreme maximum ranging up to 50 C. In the winter months the lowest daytime mean temperature will usually not be below 20 C

Relative humidity is high throughout the year, averaging about 70% and reaching 95% or more in the early morning hours and late nights. In winter the humidity may temporarily fall below 50% during a shamal (strong wind).

The rainfall at Ruwais is not accurately known but ranges approximately between 0 to 100 millimeters, averaging around 20 millimeters per year. Most of the rainfalls occur during the period November to March in the form of showers or thunderstorms. In an average year, measurable rain may fall on about 7 to 10 days.

Inside Ruwais

Given that Ruwais is a smaller city, it enjoys a huge population of workers and employees which all enjoy the peacefulness of the town. Projects are always on the rise and work never ends but when their shifts are over the ruwaisians are never sick of watching the sunset and smoking shisha at the beach rest area, a must see attraction in Ruwais.


One of the other attraction is the great 3 BLUE TANKERs , Which people usually are able to climb and then sincerely watch the sun set.

Ruwais Housing Complex (RHC)
RHC was built on two parts:

Ruwais 1: Inaugurated in 1982, it consists mainly of Villas built in the style of US towns during the 1970s and 80s, some apartments, most of Ruwais' facilities like the Recreational Center and Clinic are found there. It also has the management of the complex.

Ruwais 2: Built during the interval of 2000 to 2002 it was built to accommodate the increasing numbers of employees in the refinery it consists of about 50 buildings with a number of apartments, the main public schools and the Junior School (a part of ISC Ruwais the other Senior School is found in Ruwais 1).

Ruwais 3: Still in progress. possibility of Ruwais mall being built.

The education in Ruwais is from two main schools, The Asian international school and the International school of Chouefat.

Asian International School – The school's current principal is Mrs. Rohini Jayaram and the Vice-Principal is Mr. Muhammad al Fazi. It is located in Ruwais 2 near the park (ground). The strength of the school is about 200 students.

The International School of Choueifat - Senior School, is located in Ruwais 1. It consists of grades 5 to 13. International School of Choueifat - Infant School, is also in Ruwais 1 and is near to the Senior School, while the Junior School, which consists of KG to grade 4, is located in Ruwais 2.

Ruwais is a peaceful place due to less traffic. It is not like the big cities like Abu-Dhabi and Dubai. It is pollution-free and calm. For relaxing, the "Ruwaisians" (as they are sometimes called) like going to the beach, hanging out at the recreation centre which consists of a bowling alley, a huge swimming pool, cinema, theatre, library, food corner, tennis area, restaurant, a big hall and other things. Ruwais 2 park is a very common place to find people. It is situated near the two big tennis courts and a huge football court. People come there to play, hang out, or simply just to walk.

Public School, which most Arabs tend to enroll their children in.

DANAT hotel
9 km from the RHC, this seaside hotel is newly built (2004) it has an all 5 star service.


Investments in Ruwais
There are large investments in Ruwais that are helping Ruwais to be wealthy and to progress. There are more plans for Ruwais and its lead by ADNOC (Abu Dhabi National Oil Company). ADNOC is the largest investment in Ruwais, making Ruwais its major hub for its oil products.

The Shuweihat S1 Independent Water and Power Project comprises a “greenfield” power generation and water desalination facility (the “Plant”) in operation since 2004, with a power generation capacity of 1500 MW & 100 MIGD distillate.

The Shuweihat S2 Independent Water and Power Project - the second IWPP at Shuweihat, in the Arab Emirate of Abu Dhabi - was first put out to tender in July 2007. A 1,600MW, 100MIGD gas-fired facility. ADWEA retains 60 per cent ownership of the project.

The Shuweihat S3 Independent Power Project will be the ninth Power Project in UAE having capacity of 1600MW.

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