Ghassan MIRDAD



With a thorough plan and a robust execution, drilling contractors should be ready for the upturn in activity in Saudi Arabia.
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Arabian Drilling In Figures

Number of employees: More than 6,000

2023 rig count:50

Arabian Drilling Company is a specialist in both onshore and offshore drilling for oil and gas. The company has been drilling since 1964 and has a history of innovation in drilling safety and efficiency.
As of 2023, the company had 50 rigs, up from 35 in 2017. It continues to undergo expansion as the demand for rigs in Saudi Arabia and the region increases. Its rig fleet is able to handle many types of complicated drilling operations.

Its fleet includes:

  • Medium to ultra-heavy rigs for onshore
  • Ultra-heavy-duty jack ups for offshore

Arabian Drilling has committed itself to Saudisation and the Saudi Vision 2030. It has been recognised for its contributions in this regard, having won several awards. For the future, the company intends to play an important role in Saudi Arabia’s unconventional drilling projects, such as the Jafurah unconventional gas project. With the upstream in Saudi Arabia and the UAE expanding, this will make it possible for the company to invest even more in new rigs, and it also seeks to expand beyond Saudi Arabia, both organically and through acquisitions.

Arabian Drilling News and Interviews

The Energy Year Saudi Arabia 2023 Launch and Awards Ceremony
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Saudi Arabia - November 13, 2023

Get a free preview of The Energy Year Saudi Arabia 2023 here
The event was attended by Royal Commission of Jubail CEO Ahmed bin…

Saudi Arabia - November 09, 2023

Ghassan Mirdad, CEO of Arabian Drilling, talks to The Energy Year about Saudi oil and gas drilling contractors’ preparedness for the surge in rig demand and the…

Saudi Arabia - September 13, 2023

Gene Downey, CEO of Arabian Rig Manufacturing (ARM), and Etienne Lichaa, vice-president of ARM, talk to The Energy Year about the role the company plays in Saudi…

A transportation leader in Saudi Arabia TEY_post_Majid-AL-MINHALI
Saudi Arabia - August 14, 2023

Majid Al Minhali, CEO of Pioneers of Global Excellence, talks to The Energy Year about the company’s credentials in the rig-move business, its value proposition in…

Expansion outside the energy sphere TEY_post_Osman_Ibrahim
Saudi Arabia - May 29, 2023

Osman Ibrahim, vice-chairman and group CEO of Rawabi Holding, talks to The Energy Year about the company’s expansion and diversification strategy and the net-zero…

Technologically enhanced training TEY_post_Faisal_Al_Daihani
Saudi Arabia - May 25, 2023

Faisal Al Daihani, managing director of Saudi Arabian Drilling Academy (SADA), talks to The Energy Year about the academy’s value proposition for the upstream sector…