Director's Blog

September 2014

Fareed AbdullaDear Colleagues,

Being the programme chairman, it gives me great pleasure to invite you to join us at the 17th edition of the Abu Dhabi International Petroleum Exhibition and Conference (ADIPEC) which will take place 10–13 November 2014 at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (ADNEC). Established as one of the largest conference programmes globally, this multi-disciplinary event will be a platform for all international and regional oil and gas professionals, who are involved in both the technical and non-technical functions within the industry.

The ADIPEC 2014 Conference, held under the theme of “Challenges and Opportunities for the Next 30 Years”, will feature a ministerial panel session, 2 executive plenary sessions, 8 panel sessions, and 81 technical sessions with over 480 speakers. The event will also have special sessions dedicated to IT, academia, industry breakfasts, and topical luncheons.

Don’t miss out on the field trips taking place alongside ADIPEC. On 9 November, there will be field trips to the North East Bab (NEB) Field, Abu Dhabi; the Modern Sabkha Environment of Abu Dhabi; and the GASCO—Habshan Complex. The Oman Field Trip: Natih Fm will take place from 8–9 November. Visit the website for more information.

SPE Training Courses enable you to proactively take charge of your career and learn from some of the brightest minds in the industry. Four training courses will take place alongside ADIPEC on 9 November. They will focus on Hydraulic Fracturing Optimisation; Intelligent Well Technology; Practical Aspects of CO2 Flooding EOR and CO2 Geo-Sequestration; and Waterflooding—Performance Predictions and Surveillance. Learn more information about these courses.

ADIPEC continues to be a valuable opportunity for all oil and gas professionals to contribute to the progress of our industry and a better future for our communities. The inspiring conference programme will feature several new initiatives and promises to engage and benefit all participants. We look forward to your active participation in ADIPEC 2014. To register, visit

September has been a busy month in the region with events including the SPE Large Scale Computing and Big Data Challenges in Reservoir Simulation Conference and Exhibition, the SPE Middle East Health, Safety, Environment & Sustainable Development Conference and Exhibition and numerous workshops focusing on the topics of complex reservoir fluids, deepwater, and shale gas.

As with September and coming months, we will continue to organise events which will enable the global E&P industry to share technical knowledge needed to meet the world’s energy needs in a safe and environmentally responsible manner.

With my very best wishes for Eid Al-Adha.

Best regards,

Fareed Abdulla
SPE Regional Director
Middle East and North Africa