SPE Announces 2016 Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition in Dubai

MEDIA CONTACTS: Shae Brotherton, Senior Manager, Marketing Communication, Dubai Business Events (DBE) at S.brotherton@dubaitourism.ae, +971 4 282 1111 Ext: 422; Johan Janssen, Account Manager – DABO&CO at Johan.J@daboandco.com, +971 4 237 8048, +971 5 010 7735; Samantha Sipowicz, APR, Public Relations Manager, Society of Petroleum Engineers at media@spe.org, +713.457.6872

Dubai, UAE  (17 November 2014) – The Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) announced  its 2016 Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition (ATCE) will be held in Dubai 26–28 September at the Dubai World Trade Centre. This will be the first time that SPE’s most prestigious conference will be held in the Middle East.

“SPE’s membership is dispersed globally.  More than 11,000 of our professional members and 2,200 of our student members reside in the Middle East,” said Jeff Spath, 2014 SPE President. “Dubai’s position as the crossroads of east and west make it an ideal meeting point for our global industry.”

ATCE brings together emerging technologies, state-of-the art innovation, leading-edge companies and organizations with an anticipated 10,000 attending engineers, scientists, managers, and executives connecting on technical topics and for networking opportunities. ATCE serves as the annual general meeting of SPE members where awards and recognitions are distributed to the industry’s technical leaders. Certification and training opportunities will also be offered. An exhibition of more than 10,000 square meters will be available as well.

Khalid Zainalabedin with Saudi Aramco has been selected as the ATCE 2016 Program Chairperson to lead the program committee in developing an outstanding technical program.

“We are honoured and excited that Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) has chosen Dubai as the host city for its 2016 Annual Conference and Exhibition. SPE selecting Dubai as host city is a clear indication that the emirate is on track in positioning itself as a leading international business events destination. We see this conference as, not only another fantastic opportunity for Dubai to prove it has the aviation, local transport and meeting infrastructure to handle a delegation of this size with professionalism and ease, but it is another chance to display what this vibrant emirate has to offer from a business and knowledge perspective,” said Helal Al Marri, Director General of Dubai Tourism.

The call for papers, registration, exhibit and sponsorship support will be available in early 2015.

Photos of Dubai location and SPE leaders are available upon request.


The Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) is a not-for-profit professional association whose members are engaged in energy resources development and production. SPE serves more than 124,000 members in 135 countries worldwide. SPE is a key resource for technical knowledge related to the oil and gas exploration and production industry and provides services through its publications, events, training courses, and online resources at www.spe.org.

About Dubai Business Events (DBE) – the Official Convention Bureau

Dubai Business Events (DBE) – the Official Convention Bureau, aims to further develop and increase Dubai’s share of the international business events market in order to grow economic development, jobs and knowledge creation in the emirate. DBE’s main goal, as a division of the Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing, is to establish the Emirate as a premier business event destination by helping organizers of international meetings, incentives, congresses and exhibitions plan and manage every aspect of their event. DBE’s service standards are audited by Lloyd’s Register Quality Assurance as part of DBE’s membership of Best Cities Global Alliance that aim to deliver the world’s best service experience for the meeting industry.

Learn more about DBE, or email askdbe@dubaitourism.ae

About Dubai’s Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM)

With the ultimate vision of positioning Dubai as the world’s leading tourism destination and commercial hub, Dubai’s Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing’s (DTCM) mission is to increase the awareness of Dubai to global audiences and to attract tourists and inward investment into the Emirate.  DTCM is the principal authority for the planning, supervision, development and marketing of Dubai’s tourism sector; markets and promotes the Emirate’s commerce sector; and is responsible for the licencing and classificat