Director's Blog

August 2014

Fareed AbdullaDear 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 will not be one of the best professional societies in the oil and gas industry.

As the Regional Director, it is my aim for SPE to continue its growth in the region and I encourage all of you as members to volunteer your time and 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

In my last communication, I mentioned about the SPE’s Leadership Academy—Inspiring your Path to Success course which will take place 30 September–2 October in Dubai. This exciting three-day interactive course provides the tools and resources to help you make a successful transition from a technically-orientated individual contributor to a leadership role. This is the only non-technical skills development programme offered by SPE which is designed to reflect the actual E&P work setting. Space is limited and on a first-come, first-served basis. Register before 5 September in order to complete pre-course material. For more information, click here.

With summer coming to an end, I would like to take this opportunity to highlight the benefits of attending SPE workshops. SPE workshops maximise the exchange of ideas among attendees and presenters through brief technical presentations followed by extended Q&A periods. Focused topics attract an informed audience eager to discuss issues critical to advancing both technology and best practices. Some of the upcoming workshops that maybe of interest to you are; the SPE Tracer Technology for Improved Reservoir Management Workshop which will take place 8–10 September 2014 in Dubai along with the SPE Global Integrated Workshop Series: Well Integrity—Planning Ahead for the Late Life Cycle Phases which is scheduled in Dubai as well on 15–16 September 2014. Also, the SPE Complex Reservoir Fluids Workshop will take place this month on 15–17 September 2014 in Dubai, UAE. Besides the workshops taking place in Dubai, we have the SPE Marginal Fields: Challenges and Opportunities Workshop which will take place 17–18 September in Cairo, Egypt.

Furthermore, September will begin with the SPE Large Scale Computing and Big Data Challenges in Reservoir Simulation Conference and Exhibition, from 15–17 September in Istanbul, Turkey. In addition, we also have the SPE Middle East Health, Safety, Environment & Sustainable Development Conference and Exhibition taking place on 22–24 September 2014 in Doha, Qatar.

Last but not the least, established as one of the largest conference programmes globally, the Abu Dhabi International Petroleum Exhibition and Conference (ADIPEC) will be held 10–13 November 2014 at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre. The programme highlights include a ministerial panel session, 2 executive plenary sessions, 8 panel sessions, and 81 technical sessions consisting of 486 presentations. The event will also feature special sessions dedicated to IT, academia, industry breakfasts, and topical luncheons.

Visit us at to know more about what is happening in this region and be a part of the events we have to offer in the coming months.

Best regards,

Fareed Abdulla
SPE Regional Director
Middle East and North Africa