- What are the main new additions to ADIPEC in 2012?
As the industry evolves, so does ADIPEC. You will see several new features at this year’s ADIPEC from a new outdoor exhibits area to the country’s first public display of historical oil and gas artefacts.
With the new outdoor exhibits and offshore tents we have been able to expand to our current size and cater for the increase in demand. Within these new areas, you can see over 100 companies showcasing the latest equipment and machinery for the oil and gas industry.
A feature that we are very proud to have put together, and a first for the UAE, will be the ADIPEC Museum. Archiving the achievements of the UAE oil and gas industry from the 1930’s through to the modern day, the ADIPEC Museum will include artefacts, such as the very first signed oil concession agreement, which have never been on public display before.
In addition, this year’s exhibition brings the region to Abu Dhabi with the introduction of ADIPEC briefings featuring key industry figures and companies.
The country briefings will serve as a key platform to assist international businesses in entering regional markets, while promoting awareness of local regulations, trends and best practices. Countries in focus include the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Kuwait and Iraq.
Finally, ADIPEC is introducing a new, business class facility exclusively for invited senior oil and gas professionals. The Middle East Petroleum Club will be a dedicated building where invited guests can network and relax outside of the busy exhibition area.
- How important has ADNEC being to the growing success of ADIPEC over the years?
ADNEC has been vital to the recent growth of ADIPEC. The new venue opened in 2008 which offered ADIPEC the opportunity to grow from 16,000 sqm in 2006 to 30,000 sqm in 2008. Since then, as the venue expanded and opened up more space, ADIPEC has been able to continually grow to the 38,000 sqm it now stands at. Without these state of the art facilities, ADIPEC would not have been able to reach its current status as the largest event in the Middle East for the oil and gas industry.
- ADNOC and its group of companies have supported ADIPEC from the start, how important has this relationship being to the growth of ADIPEC?
ADNOC and its group of companies have been important supporters from ADIPEC’s early days. As one of the region’s most important NOCs, the support of ADNOC has demonstrated the seriousness in which they regard ADIPEC as the region’s leading oil and gas event. The continued support of the group’s CEOs –Mr Ali Al Jarwan, CEO of ADMA-OPCO, Chairman for 2012, and Mr Mohammed Sahoo Al Suwaidi, CEO of GASCO, Chairman for 2013 – the ADIPEC and ADNOC relationship continues to grow along with the event.
- What do you think will be this year’s biggest achievement?
Our biggest achievement this year will be surviving the event! If we can cater for more exhibitors, more visitors and more features than ever before then that will be a monumental achievement. We are a new team, working with new clients and new supporters and new features and I am looking forward to it all coming together and being the success we all hope and expect it to be.