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In Pictures: Abu Dhabi's first oil

July 3, 2012

An aerial view of tugs maneuvering the 'British Signal' away from the Das Island's loading platform in Abu Dhabi after loading with 33,476 tons of crude oil on 4th July 1962. Courtesy BP Archive
An aerial view of tugs maneuvering the 'British Signal' away from the Das Island's loading platform in Abu Dhabi after loading with 33,476 tons of crude oil on 4th July 1962. Courtesy BP Archive
Close up of loading berth off Das Island with BO Tanker Company's 35,000 ton British Signal loading crude oil in July 1962. Courtesy BP Archive
Close up of loading berth off Das Island with BO Tanker Company's 35,000 ton British Signal loading crude oil in July 1962. Courtesy BP Archive

Arab workmen collect their midday meal on Das Island between 1953 to 1963. Courtesy BP Archive
Arab workmen collect their midday meal on Das Island between 1953 to 1963. Courtesy BP Archive
The harbour at Das Island from the deck of the ADMA tug Arzanah showing the work barge ADMA Constructor and the drilling barge Offshore 55 at berth in 1962. Courtesy BP Archive
The harbour at Das Island from the deck of the ADMA tug Arzanah showing the work barge ADMA Constructor and the drilling barge  Offshore 55 at berth in 1962. Courtesy BP Archive
Operator sending messages by Morse in the Communications Centre on Das Island, September 1962 . Courtesy BP Archive
Operator sending messages by Morse in the Communications Centre on Das Island, September 1962 . Courtesy BP Archive
Technical instruction in the Training Centre on Das Island, October 1962. Courtesy BP Archive
Technical instruction in the Training Centre on Das Island, October 1962. Courtesy BP Archive
Member of the medical staff working in the hospital on Das Island, October 1962. Courtesy BP Archive
Member of the medical staff working in the hospital on Das Island, October 1962. Courtesy BP Archive
A football match being played on Das Island, Abu Dhabi in October 1962. Courtesy BP Archive
A football match being played on Das Island, Abu Dhabi in October 1962. Courtesy BP Archive
Club Room, UK Camp, Das Island, Abu Dhabi, at lunch-time, September 1962. Courtesy BP Archive
Club Room, UK Camp, Das Island, Abu Dhabi, at lunch-time, September 1962. Courtesy BP Archive
Gulf Aviation Dakota taking off from Das Island's runway, September 1962. Courtesy BP Archive
Gulf Aviation Dakota taking off from Das Island's runway, September 1962. Courtesy BP Archive
An engineer on Das Island, Abu Dhabi in September 1962. Note that the black and white negative was 'flipped', hence the back-to-front signs in this archival photograph. Courtesy BP Archive
An engineer on Das Island, Abu Dhabi in September 1962. Note that the black and white negative was 'flipped', hence the back-to-front signs in this archival photograph. Courtesy BP Archive