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In pictures: Inside the black gold industry

January 3, 2013

Crescent Petroleum's oil and gas platform in their Mubarek field off the coast of Sharjah. (Photo by Jeff Topping/ The National ) *
Crescent Petroleum's oil and gas platform in their Mubarek field off the coast of Sharjah. (Photo by Jeff Topping/ The National ) *
Men working in a Lamprell's shipyard in Jebel Ali. Lamprell is an oil services company based in the Middle East. (Jaime Puebla / The National)
Men working in a Lamprell's shipyard in Jebel Ali. Lamprell is an oil services company based in the Middle East. (Jaime Puebla / The National)
A boater speeds along the water during sunset with an oil derrick in the background near the Beach Hotel in the Al Khan neighborhood in Sharjah. (Jeff Topping/The National)
A boater speeds along the water during sunset with an oil derrick in the background near the Beach Hotel in the Al Khan neighborhood in Sharjah. (Jeff Topping/The National)
A fishing boat sails past an oil and gas platform in the Mubarek field off the coast of Sharjah, (Photo by Jeff Topping/ The National )
A fishing boat sails past an oil and gas platform in the Mubarek field off the coast of Sharjah,  (Photo by Jeff Topping/ The National )
A pattern of valves, gauges and piping on Crescent Petroleum's oil and gas platform in their Mubarek field off the coast of Sharjah. (Photo by Jeff Topping/ The National )
A pattern of valves, gauges and piping on Crescent Petroleum's oil and gas platform in their Mubarek field off the coast of Sharjah. (Photo by Jeff Topping/ The National )
Students in the Gas & Oil Separation Plant at the ADNOC Technical Institute in Abu Dhabi. (Stephen Lock / The National)
Students in the Gas & Oil Separation Plant at the ADNOC Technical Institute in Abu Dhabi. (Stephen Lock / The National)
An ADNOC Oil Facility off the coast of Abu Dhabi. (Photo courtesy of ADNOC)
An ADNOC Oil Facility off the coast of Abu Dhabi. (Photo courtesy of ADNOC)