Director's Blog

June 2015

Fareed Abdulla Dear Industry Colleagues,

In June and early July, many countries of our region will be engaged in the reflection and religious observances during the Holy month of Ramadan, and I would like to extend to all our members my warmest regards for this holy celebration, may it be blessed for all.

I would like to reiterate from my earlier posts about the SPE Competency Management Tool, an important member benefit that allows individuals to assess their current professional capabilities against one of 22 key E&P job competency models. I am very proud to announce that SPE has been nominated for the Special Association Award in the 2015 Getenergy Awards. This award recognises SPE's contribution to advancing education and training for the oil and gas industry demonstrated by the Competency Management Tool.

Furthermore, SPE offers a comprehensive job search engine for members through collaboration with This is an online resource allows SPE members to search and link to job offerings directly from SPE's website. This will enable members to connect with more than 10,000 upstream opportunities in the E&P industry. To find out more about this interactive tool, click here»

Held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, Emir of Qatar, the 9th International Petroleum Technology Conference (IPTC) will take place 6–9 December 2015 at the Qatar National Convention Centre (QNCC) in Doha. To register your interest, click here»
Lastly, the SPE EOR Conference, held alongside OGWA, is calling for papers. The conference will be held from 21–23 March 2016 at the Oman International Exhibition Centre in Muscat, Sultanate of Oman. On behalf of the executive and programme committees we present you with an opportunity to contribute to the value of this event and to accelerate your professional career. Submission deadline: 5 October 2015. To view the full list of categories or to submit a paper, click here»

Best wishes,

Fareed Abdulla
SPE Regional Director
Middle East and North Africa