Director's Blog

August 2015

Fareed Abdulla Dear Colleagues,

I enjoy the opportunity to communicate with all of you through these monthly messages. You are the core of our Society, and without the commitment, technical quality, and passion for excellence of our members, SPE would not be one of the best professional societies in the oil and gas industry. I encourage all of you as members to volunteer your time and valuable experience. By volunteering you can influence programmes and activities that drive our mission with your knowledge and experience; enhance your leadership skills; meet and work with other members from across the globe; contribute in your area of interest at both the local and international level. For more information or to become a volunteer, visit

September is just around the corner and will be a busy month for SPE. The fifth SPE North Africa Technical Conference and Exhibition will take place 14–16 September 2015 at the Fairmont Towers, Heliopolis in Cairo, Egypt. More than 1,000 industry professionals will be there to share their knowledge, experiences, and the latest technical applications pertaining to the current issues within the oil and gas industry of North Africa.

The SPE Middle East Intelligent Oil and Gas Conference and Exhibition (15–16 September 2015) and the fifth edition of the SPE Reservoir Characterisation and Simulation Conference and Exhibition (14–16 September 2015) are both taking place at the Jumeirah at Etihad Towers in Abu Dhabi. Don’t forget to visit the SPE stand (number 43).

That week will also see us celebrating and congratulating the 2015 SPE Regional Honors and Award winners. On 15 September 2015 the ceremony will take place in Abu Dhabi at the Jumeirah at Etihad Towers.

The biggest gathering of the oil and gas industry ever seen in Kuwait, the SPE Kuwait Oil and Gas Show and Conference (KOGS) is taking place 11–14 October. Don’t miss the opportunity to be part of it upcoming October. Register today.

Last but not least, registration is now open for ADIPEC 2015. Themed under Innovation & Sustainability in a New Energy World, ADIPEC, taking place 9–12 November, 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. Register here using the SPE member codes (SPEAD2 and SPEAD4).

Best wishes,

Fareed Abdulla
SPE Regional Director - Middle East and North Africa