Director's Blog


May 2021

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Dear colleagues,

Eid Mubarak and I hope you are all well and in good health.

Our oil industry and the whole global economy is still going through challenging times as a result of COVID-19. However, I believe the worst is behind us and there are many signs that indicate we are heading for recovery. With some exceptions like India, many countries have succeeded in controlling the pandemic through vaccination and prevention measures. The demand for oil is increasing and the oil price is recovering. Nobody knows for sure when we will fully recover, but let’s hope we will soon go back to normal life and until then, let’s stay focused and safe. 

At SPE we are trying to reduce the impact of COVID-19 on our members and our activities. We have recently accelerated our transition to digital platforms so we could still function as a society even during these difficult conditions. We encourage you to use SPE digital resources available as mobile or internet applications to network with your fellow members and colleagues and access various journals or participate in different workshops and seminars in person or through webinars.

SPE has introduced many initiatives to optimise resource utilisation in order to reduce cost and sustain our society especially in these difficult times, but without impacting our services to our members. We have also used our reserve fund to compensate for the loss of revenues due to current restrictions imposed by the pandemic.  

SPE is a non-profit organisation and relies on volunteers to achieve our mission. We encourage you to participate, attend meetings, write papers, volunteer in organising different technical workshops or seminars. We also kindly ask you to encourage your colleagues who are not members yet to become an SPE member. Your active role in SPE is an investment in your future career.

SPE has announced nominees for 2023 President and 2022 Directors. I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate Hisham Zubari as 2022 nominee for the position of Middle East and North Africa Regional Director.  Hisham is currently Senior Advisor to the Minister of Oil for Bahrain. I am looking forward to working with Hisham in supporting the region together. The SPE board has also approved the MENA region advisory council.

Two important in-person events will take place this year:

We hope you will join us in person or virtually. For more information, please visit 

We value your membership with SPE and looking forward to your contribution and participation to various events in the region, we also value any feedback you might have to improve our services or support. Please feel free to contact me or any member of SPE MENA region staff. 

Best wishes to you and your family. Stay safe.

Qasem Al-Kayoumi
SPE Regional Director
Middle East and North Africa