Many accounts of oil histories tend to deal with the offshore exploration in a few paragraphs, focusing on the onshore
oil discoveries instead. And yet, although the offshore industry faced greater risks and expense, its achievements are equal,
or even surpass, those of the onshore industry - no less so than in the Arabian Gulf where two of the offshore oilfields discovered
in Emirati waters are among the largest in the world.
With the original Abu Dhabi offshore concession due to expire
in 2018, this book is a timely account of the discovery and development of offshore oil in the United Arab Emirates. But this
is not a simple narrative of a few marine surveys and exploratory wells, since the history of the industry encompasses a wide
range of subjects, with human stories at its core. Remarkably, for an industry that took to the open sea less than a century
ago, this fascinating book has much to tell about the search for undersea oil and the transformation of the UAE from a traditional
society into a modern, prosperous state.