Director's Blog

July 2014

Fareed AbdullaDear Colleagues,

Historically, SPE has focused on the collection, dissemination, and exchange of technical knowledge to enhance the professional and technical competence of our members and the industry as a whole. We have been increasingly hearing from our members that there is a need for the development of softer skills to ensure those in their early career are equipped with the necessary attributes to climb the career ladder and move into positions of authority. After careful research and formation of partnership with one of the UK’s leading business psychology firms’, we are proud to be piloting the first course on SPE’s Leadership Academy—Inspiring your Path to Success. I am especially proud that the Middle East region has been recognised as the key region that this exciting new initiative will be piloted on 30 September–2 October in Dubai. For more information about this course, click here.

I would also like to talk about the upcoming conferences in the Middle East region. The SPE Large Scale Computing and Big Data Challenges in Reservoir Simulation Conference and Exhibition will take place 15–17 September 2014 in Istanbul, Turkey. 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, the Abu Dhabi International Petroleum Exhibition and Conference (ADIPEC) will be held 10–13 November 2014 at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre.

In addition, the SPE Tracer Technology for Improved Reservoir Management Workshop will take place 8–10 September 2014 in Dubai. Also, the SPE Global Integrated Workshop Series: Well Integrity—Planning Ahead for the Late Life Cycle Phases which is scheduled in Dubai as well, will take place on 15–16 September 2014. Likewise, the SPE Complex Reservoir Fluids Workshop will take place on 15–17 September 2014 in Dubai, UAE. For all the SPE upcoming events, visit:

Moreover, I am very pleased to announce that the annual SPE Middle East, North Africa, and South Asia Regional Awards Ceremony and Gala Dinner will take place in Kuwait on 9 December 2014—alongside the SPE International Heavy Oil Conference and Exhibition. Following a detailed and rigorous selection process, the Regional Awards Committee analysed and ranked all the numerous outstanding nominations we received, with a dedicated effort that ended in the selection of the individuals and organisations that deserved this high distinction in 2014. The Regional Awards recognise those members who contributed exceptional service and leadership within SPE, as well those who made substantial contributions within their technical disciplines. Accompany me in this ceremony, to celebrate our region’s technical, managerial, and service level, with that special shine that the merited pride from our awardees will bring.

Best regards,

Fareed Abdulla
SPE Regional Director
Middle East and North Africa