Director's Blog

December 2015

Fareed AbdullaDear Colleagues,

As the end of the year approaches, 2015 has been an active and successful year for SPE, despite the slump in oil price. It’s all because of our committed and supportive members. You are the core of our society, and without that commitment, technical quality, and passion for excellence, SPE would not be in that position right now.

I would like to take this opportunity to inform you about the success of the 9th International Petroleum Technology Conference that took place 6–9 December 2015 at the Qatar National Convention Centre (QNCC) in Doha, Qatar. The event has seen 3,800 industry professionals, representing 630 companies from 63 countries pass through the 3-day event. The comprehensive programme included two CEO plenary sessions, five panel sessions, 62 technical sessions and over 400 presentations.

On a separate note, the 10th edition of the SPE/IADC Middle East Drilling Technology Conference and Exhibition (MEDT), one of the biggest drilling events in the region, is taking place 26–28 January 2015 in Abu Dhabi. The conference will cover the drilling and completions discipline as a whole. I encourage all drilling professionals to join this event.

Last but not the least, for those members who are yet to renew their membership, time is running out as the December deadline approaches. Renew your membership today to continue enjoying the many benefits. For any queries with regards to login information, membership status, mailing address update, please contact Sally Al Kafaji at or call +971.4.457.5842.

I wish you all a prosperous new year filled with peace and joy. Looking forward to seeing you in 2016.

Best wishes,

Fareed Abdulla
SPE Regional Director—Middle East and North Africa