The National Archives Signs an Agreement with The British Petroleum Company’s Archives

The National Archives Signs an Agreement with  The British Petroleum Company’s Archives

Under the Directives of Sheikh Mansour Bin Zayed

The National Archives Signs an Agreement with 

The British Petroleum Company’s Archives


The National Archives of the U.A.E. (N.A.) signed an exclusive agreement with the British Petroleum Company’s Archives (B.P.). According to the agreement, the B.P.’s Archive allows the N.A. to obtain and benefit from the historical documents and materials pertaining to the U.A.E. over the next ten years.

This agreement was concluded under the directives of H.H. Sheikh Mansour Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Presidential Affairs and Chairman of N.A.’s Board of Directors, to enhance the acquisitions of the U.A.E.’s N.A. with historical documents that document important periods of the U.A.E.’s history. 

The directives of His Highness emphasized the necessity of making the information available in the U.A.E. for researchers and scholars inside and outside the U.A.E. to spare the researchers in the U.A.E. the difficulties of travelling abroad to obtain the documented information. The directives also assured the importance of making the N.A. a research institution that not only collects and preserves documents but also serves the decision makers, researchers, scholars, and visitors.

In the presence of H.E. Abdulrahman Ghanem Al Mutaiwee, the U.A.E. Ambassador to the U.K., H.E. Dr. Abdulla Elreyes, the N.A.’s Director-General from the U.A.E.’s side, and Peter Housego, B.P. Archive Manager from the U.K.’s side, signed the agreement.

This was during the visit of H.E. Dr. Abdulla Elreyes, Director-General of the N.A., accompanied by H.E. Majid Sultan Al Mehairi, Executive Director, H.E. Abdulaziz Nasser Al Raisi, Administrative Development Adviser, and Farhan Al Marzooqi, Director of Corporate and Community Outreach Department, to the University of Warwick in the U.K.

H.E. Dr. Abdulla Elreyes said that the National Archives of the U.A.E. signed this agreement in line with its strategic plan, and its results will be achieved by 2021, which coincides with the Golden Jubilee of its auspicious Union in which the U.A.E. aspires to be one of the best countries in the world as per its vision. He added, “We are working in the N.A. to achieve these national aspirations. The strategic plan is concerned with developing the N.A.’s acquisitions including historical documents through its solid relations with the largest and oldest archives in the world. No one can ignore the B.P.’s Archive, which is rich with historical documents related to the U.A.E.’s history. I would like to thank the company’s management for their good cooperation and prompt response to the N.A.’s request and for the perfection, we noticed in the formation and structure of their archives as per the latest international standards. This is what makes the N.A. strive to extend bridges with B.P.’s Archive to benefit from its experience, as the N.A. believes in the importance of monitoring and collecting more rare documents that are preserved in the B.P.’s Archive with the objective of preserving the U.A.E.’s documentary assets to provide the decision makers and researchers with their needs of historical and research materials related to the history and heritage of the U.A.E. and Gulf region.”

H.E. Dr. Abdulla thanked the U.A.E. Embassy to the U.K. represented by the Ambassador H.E. Abdulrahman Ghanem Al Mutaiwee, for their dedicated coordination and efforts they exerted to pave the way for the agreement’s success.

H.E. Abdulrahman Ghanem Al Mutaiwee, the U.A.E. Ambassador to the U.K., commended the role of the N.A., of the Ministry of Presidential Affairs, and how it performs its duties with confidence and effectiveness based on proven international scientific methodologies. He noted that N.A.’s role in collecting and preserving the Memory of the Nation for the generations to come is a genuine translation of the vision of the Late Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan, the founding leader, when he ordered the establishment of the N.A. in 1968. The N.A. continued its development and progress in line of the aspirations of our wise leadership. Through this agreement, the N.A. carries out its national duty of collecting the U.A.E.’s documentary assets from B.P. and makes such treasures of documents available for the decision makers and researchers.

Regarding this agreement, H.E. Abdulkarim Al Mazmi, Chairman and Director-General of B.P. in the U.A.E., said: The company has a long and unique history in the U.A.E. and relations dating back to the 1820s. This agreement shows the company’s commitment to Abu Dhabi and its desire to invest in knowledge and to share materials and knowledge with this flourishing country. The company has been investing in the U.A.E. for many decades. B.P. has international experiences and technological capacities in the oil and gas sector in addition to its broad contributions to the various community projects. The B.P.’s Archive will be pleased for combining the U.A.E.’s historical documents with those maintained by the N.A., which is one of the oldest and richest archives in the Arabian Gulf region. It has millions of documents about the U.A.E. and the Arabian Gulf region, and extensive sets of original oral narrations, old photographs, and films. It uses its acquisitions to serve the serious scientific research in the history and heritage of the U.A.E. and the Arabian Gulf region as proven by its specialized publications”.

H.E. Dr. Elreyes and his accompanying colleagues reviewed the B.P.’s Archive and the methods of preserving and storing documents and photographs in appropriate conditions. They inspected the B.P.’s Archive, which is more than twenty kilometers long and includes historical documents and the original photographs, documentary films, and multimedia.

A brief about the National Archives:

The National Archives of the United Arab Emirates, of the Ministry Presidential Affairs was established in 1968 upon the directives of the Late Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan, with the aim of collecting and documenting all materials related to the history and heritage of the U.A.E. and the Gulf region. Forty years later, His Highness Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the President of the U.A.E. issued Federal Law No. 7 of 2008 altering it to the National Center for Documentation and Research, and was entrusted with the tasks of organizing the archives of government agencies in the United Arab Emirates. Recently its title National Center for Documentation and Research, as per the above-mentioned law, has been modified to the National Archives, according to Federal Law No. 1 of 2014 issued by His Highness Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan.