Editor's Comment: Global energy industry professionals will converge in the UAE this month

As the region migrates from summer to winter, November is always a busy month for the downstream, midstream and upstream oil and gas industry professionals in the Middle East because of the two most impactful events happening in the UAE – ADIPEC and the GPCA Annual Forum.

Martin Menachery, editor, Refining & Petrochemicals Middle East.
Martin Menachery, editor, Refining & Petrochemicals Middle East.

The 21st edition of ADIPEC will take place during 12-15 November at Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre. With the participation of 15 IOCs and 27 NOCs, the speaking engagements of more than 100 ministers and energy influencers and 980 experts, the involvement of 10,400 delegates, 161 conference sessions, 28 international exhibiting pavilions, 2,200 exhibiting companies in 155,000sqm of floor space, 110,000 trade visitors from 135 countries, and thousands of products, technologies, solutions and services on showcase, ADIPEC is definitely one of the most influential oil and gas industry platforms in the world. It is worth mentioning here that the 20th edition of the event generated a business of $10.34bn. And, by merit, there is enhanced focus on the downstream side of the energy industry in this edition of ADIPEC.

The 13th GPCA Annual Forum is scheduled for 26-28 November at the Madinat Jumeirah, Dubai. Consistently attracting over 2,000 delegates from almost 600 companies from over 80 countries, the forum is the biggest and highest profile gathering of chemical industry leaders in the Arabian Gulf.

I would like to quote Dr Abdulwahab Al-Sadoun, secretary general of GPCA, here: “To ensure a steady and sustainable supply of high-value chemicals to the world, the GCC industry must invest in innovative technologies, intensify the move towards consolidation to build critical mass, and integrate its refinery and petrochemical operations to maximise the value of the crude oil barrel.” This statement is clearly the roadmap for the future of the downstream industry, not just in the GCC, but in the entire Middle East.

This issue of Refining & Petrochemicals Middle East has previews of both the events. I wish energised and engaging events for the participants and organisers, and hope that both the platforms will add further momentum and vibrancy to the downstream industry in the region, which is already at the threshold of transformational progress.

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