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Society of Petroleum Engineers hosts 2016 Annual Technical Conference & Exhibition in Dubai

Dubai Business Events stays true to its mission of easing the way for organizers around the world, offering premier and accessible services, to set the grandest stage in the emirate for the oil and gas industry.

Dubai sets the oil and gas industry’s grandest stage by hosting ATCE 2016
With the Dubai Plan 2021, the emirate has a clear roadmap to grow as a global hub for tourism and commerce that attracts talent and cultivates expertise from around the world while establishing a successful model combining: economic growth, energy sustainability and a clean-safe environment. Dubai has established a robust business and commerce hub in the Middle East and paired with strong market fundamentals such as global connectivity, world-class hospitality, state-of-the-art facilities and continuous investment in infrastructure made it the ideal host for the 2016 Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition (ATCE). Dubai Business Events, in partnership with Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC), Emirates Airlines, Dubai based hotels and other integral stakeholders, was instrumental in bringing the world-renowned business event to Dubai.

Organized by the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) since 1924 and considered the world’s premier conference in the field, ATCE 2016 was the first Middle East edition and only the third time it had been hosted outside North America. Held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of UAE and Ruler of Dubai, at DWTC from 26-28 September 2016, the event saw senior UAE government officials, over 7,500 oil and gas professionals representing 91 countries and numerous industry leaders including Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC), Saudi Aramco, Shell and Kuwait Petroleum Corporation convene in Dubai to cultivate relationships, share best practices and fully embrace the conference’s heritage of excellence.

Moreover, ATCE 2016 provided a platform to raise the bar on SPE’s efforts in ‘bringing together the industry’s present and future torchbearers’, recording over 2,100 technical paper proposals of which 540 peer-selected papers were presented, providing rich subjects for a total of 58 technical sessions throughout the three-day event.

Guided by the overarching theme ‘Exploration & Production 2.0 – Transforming and Shaping the Future’, this year’s conference featured two plenary sessions, six panel sessions and six regional interest special sessions, addressing the most significant trends, challenges and opportunities facing the industry today and in the future. Bridging the gaps between academia, industry and government, it was the first time the event widely engaged with both local and global youth to allow students and young members of SPE to develop their skills and knowledge while networking with experienced professionals.

When asked about the decision to bring the event to Dubai, Nathan Meehan, 2016 SPE President, said: “With a legacy that spans almost a century, ATCE has been instrumental in bringing the best minds of the industry together and holding this edition for the first time in the Middle East is a testament to this region’s global energy leadership. Dubai’s convenient location ensured that we exceeded the number of expected attendees. The state-of-the-art facilities at the Dubai World Trade Centre provided a central platform for knowledge-sharing with massive space for technology exchange and plenty of opportunities for people to learn about companies, innovations, latest technology, and meeting friends.”

Dubai praised for strong fundamentals
When reflecting on the connectivity Dubai offered, Meehan added: “Our annual event attracts people from around the world. We have 168,000 members worldwide, and more than half of them live outside of North America, and it is so much easier to get here, I was astonished, people told me that they could get here cheaper than on a domestic US flight.”

Speaking to the world-class facilities and infrastructure, Stephen Graham, Chief Operations Officer, SPE said: “The facilities at DWTC are excellent, the hall was available on time and we were able to set up everything on schedule which was crucial to executing the event. Not only was DWTC very well located, but the facilities are state-of-the-art. In addition, the hotels are world class and overall, it was a pleasure to host the 2016 ATCE in Dubai.”

Janeen Judah, 2017 SPE President, said: “Everything in Dubai is first-class. We experienced wonderful service from the hotel and venue staff and state-of-the-art facilities at DWTC. I would be hard pressed to find another location that is as first-class as Dubai. We love the city, it’s a great place to have a meeting.”

Steen Jakobsen, Director, Dubai Business Events concluded: “Dubai was proud to host this year’s ATCE. It was a pleasure to work with the team at SPE to ensure the event met every expectation. Not only does the annual event provide a crucial platform for knowledge sharing among oil and gas professionals, but had a positive economic impact on the city. With over 7,500 attendees, it was estimated that the event generated 118 million AED (over $30M USD) in revenue for the city.”

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