Director's Blog

April 2015

Fareed Abdulla Dear Industry Colleagues,

I enjoy the opportunity of communicating with all of you through these monthly messages. This is a great platform to reach out to all our Middle East professional members to share what we do. SPE offers a vast variety of programmes and services year on year amongst which are the many conferences, workshops, certification programmes, distinguished lectures that are organised with a regional scope, along with the numerous sections’ networking and country-based activities like the training courses, young professional programmes, monthly meetings lectures, and so many more, which reflect very well the importance of our region’s technical profile in the world of petroleum engineering.

Abstract Submission Deadline Extended—On behalf of the Executive and Programme Committees, and taking into account requests from prospective participants at The Abu Dhabi International Petroleum Exhibition and Conference (ADIPEC), it has been decided to extend the abstract submission deadline to 30 April. The event will take place 9–12 November 2015 at ADNEC in Abu Dhabi, UAE. This is your last chance to be part of an outstanding technical programme! Submit your paper proposals today.

Furthermore, I am pleased to announce that the registrations for the fifth edition of the SPE North Africa Technical Conference and Exhibition (NATC) are now open. The event will take place 14–16 September 2015 at the Fairmont Towers, Heliopolis in Cairo, Egypt. A great international gathering for industry professionals to discuss and share knowledge, experiences, and latest technical applications pertaining to current issues within the oil and gas industry in North Africa. Book your place today!

I’d like to conclude by saying SPE are collaborating as a Supporting Organisation for MEPSC. The Center for Chemical Process Safety (CCPS) welcomes SPE professionals to attend the first edition of Middle East Process Safety Conference (MEPSC), from 19–21 May 2015 in Abu Dhabi, UAE. Co-created by Host Sponsor the ADNOC Group and CCPS, the conference will focus on engineering practices, leadership, and strategies that drive process industries to a zero harm culture. For more information on the preferential discount for SPE members, and to view the full programme, visit

Best wishes,
Fareed Abdulla
SPE Regional Director
Middle East and North Africa