The 15th edition of Food and Hospitality Oman (FHO) will be held from September 26–28, 2022, at the Oman Convention & Exhibition Centre, Muscat, Oman. FHO is Oman’s biggest event for the food and hospitality industry that takes pride in being the most popular, networking and business-centric event platform for the food and beverage, agriculture and fisheries, food processing technologies, kitchen and catering equipment, hotel supplies and equipment, and restaurant and cafe segment industries.
With over 100+ international companies, the event is set to bring together more than 5,000+ business professionals from across Oman and the Middle East region.
The exhibition aims at enhancing the growth and development of the food and hospitality industry, which contribute largely to Oman's GDP. According to the GCC Food Industry, Oman is expected to witness the fastest growth in food consumption in the GCC region, with an annualised rate of 4.2 percent between 2020 and 2025. Higher investments by the Sultanate towards agricultural projects that aim to use smart techniques in addition to hydroponics, aquaponics, and advanced technologies in irrigation and fertilisation are helping the country in increasing domestic production to significant levels. Such measures are likely to boost demand for home-grown commodities in the future.
Ashley Roberts, General Manager, CONNECT – the Organiser of FHO states, “We are confident that the business opportunities offered at FHO will foster positive meaningful engagement in the food and hospitality industries, and that will support economic growth. With FHO, we present the right platform to network and gain insights into the evolving food and hospitality sector in Oman.”
A variety of products ranging from food, beverages, agriculture and fisheries, ingredients and seasoning, hotel equipment supplies and services, catering and kitchen equipment, packaging systems, resort and spa facilities, interior design services, hotel decor and style, hotel and hospitality technologies, food processing technologies will be showcased at the exhibition. In addition, the latest spotlight is the Professional Chef Competition, Bed Making Competition, Waiters' Race, and Oman Barista Competition.
At the co-located Workshop, high-level speakers from renowned organisations will present rich content focusing on food supply chain, food packaging, food safety, food security, restaurant, takeaway and delivery innovations. The three-day session aims at assisting the broad range of food and beverage professionals in understanding the best practises and solutions for ensuring food safety and other areas related to food industry.
Entry to the exhibition and workshop is free of charge. Register online and get your e-badge by visiting https://bit.ly/3OsqTsx
To know more, visit www.foodandhospitalityoman.com
As economies around the world have rebounded post-pandemic, the UAE government initiatives on construction and manufacturing activities are set to boost the overall UAE market growth. With an aim to further stimulate and facilitate trade, Abu Dhabi Chamber of Commerce & Industry and CONNECT have joined hands to present the region’s only events dedicated to construction and design, and manufacturing and technology between 12 - 14 September 2022 at Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (ADNEC), UAE.
Middle East Design & Build Week and Middle East Manufacturing & Technology Expo will witness participation of some of the leading international and local businesses that are key players in the fourth industrial revolution and present opportunities to showcase their latest technologies and innovative solutions in construction, manufacturing, and technologies.
Middle East Design & Build Week is the only event in the region that caters to the construction, interior design, hospitality, and commercial industries within one event. It is set to bring together the stalwarts of the construction and building industry with the support from Emirates Steel as Titanium Sponsor, Abu Dhabi Department of Tourism and Culture as Destination Partner, Ministry of Industry & Advanced Technology as Supporting Partner, British Contract Furnishing Association and Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) as Supporting Association, Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) as Knowledge Partner, ADNEC as Venue Partner, Etihad Airways as the official Airline Partner.
Meanwhile, Middle East Manufacturing & Technology is the region’s only event dedicated to the manufacturing and industrialisation industry. With the support of Abu Dhabi Department of Tourism and Culture as Destination Partner, Ministry of Industry & Advanced Technology as Host Organisation, The Manufacturing Technologies Association (MTA) as Supporting Association, ADNEC as Venue Partner, Etihad Airways as the official airline carrier, the event has secured participation from leading industrial and manufacturing firms from regional and global markets.
The commercial infrastructure sector in the UAE is expected to primarily drive the growth of the construction industry in the UAE. In the commercial infrastructure space, Abu Dhabi is planning to attract nearly 8 million tourists annually by 2030 under the Abu Dhabi Plan 2030. For serving the huge inflow of tourists, the government is planning to boost investments in the commercial infrastructure space. Furthermore, the country is planning to expand its overall retail and office space to a whopping 4 million square meters by 2030.
Commenting on the events, His Excellency Mohamed Helal Al Mheiri, Director General, Abu Dhabi Chamber of Commerce & Industry said, “The highly anticipated events are aligned with the government initiatives of bolstering the industry. The national-level initiatives such as ‘Operation 300 Billion’, ‘Make it in the Emirates’ and ‘Made in Abu Dhabi’ are all focused towards providing an impetus to drive the manufacturing and industrialisation industry. Abu Dhabi Chamber of Commerce and Industry will continue to provide platforms for stimulating sectoral growth of the economy. It is critical to acknowledge that accelerated progress is required to meet the goals set in the Abu Dhabi Economic Vision 2030.”
During the three days of the events, attendees will witness a series of informative workshops and panel discussions pertaining to construction market outlook, future of technology in construction, sustainable construction, innovation in design, smart architectural practices, “Make it in the Emirates” strategy towards localizing industrial development, and many more.
Middle East Design & Build Week and Middle East Manufacturing & Technology Expo will serve as excellent platforms to collaborate business growth and set a new benchmark in the development of the industry. By single registration, attendees will be able to visit both the events and benefit from wide opportunities to present, learn, and explore solutions in the construction and design as well as manufacturing and technology sectors.
Entry to the events is free of charge. Register online and get your e-badge by visiting https://bit.ly/3cp734e
The demand for healthcare facilities and medical supplies has drastically increased in the Sultanate of Oman, as the nation witnessed a rapid recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. To give impetus to the healthcare industry, the 13th edition of Oman Health Exhibition & Conference (OHEC) will be held in-person from 26-28 September 2022 at the Oman Convention & Exhibition Centre, Muscat, Oman.
OHEC is Oman’s leading exhibition and conference for the health and medical sector providing a networking and business-centric event platform for professionals from the hospital infrastructure, pharmaceuticals, healthcare, medical supplies, medical tourism, medical technology, laboratory equipment, instruments and services, international hospitals, health, and medical centers. The event will welcome more than 150 local and international participating companies and over 5,000 healthcare professionals and buyers from across Oman and the Middle East region during three days of networking and knowledge exchange sessions.
Despite the recent challenges caused by the spread of COVID-19, the pandemic provided an opportunity to expand existing healthcare system and adapt a resilient approach. Some of the major factors responsible for Oman’s rapid and efficient response in curbing the pandemic were the expansion of healthcare system and efficient vaccination campaign. As outlined in the Oman Vision 2040, health is a national priority leading to remarkable advances in the sector. The rising investment in public and private medical sector in the Sultanate is witnessed with the opening of the SQU Cancer Centre, Hematology Centre, Ministry of Health Diabetic Centre, Oncology Centre, Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy Centre, Cardiac Centre, Genetic Centre at The Royal Hospital, IVF Centre at Khoula Hospital, and similar centres in other governorates of Oman.
Ashley Roberts, General Manager, CONNECT – the Organiser of Oman Health Exhibition & Conference in partnership with Ministry of Health Oman states, "COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in realising the importance of investing in sound healthcare system. With advancements in healthcare technology, increasing awareness of personal fitness and wellness, and importance of pre-emptive measures to address health-related issues, Oman Health Exhibition & Conference is set to highlight the demand in healthcare and innovative technologies. In three days of business networking and knowledge exchange in a face-to-face environment, the event will facilitate the industry to reconnect and collaborate for development of the industry.”
In addition to the exhibition showcase, the Oman Health Conference will continue to present fresh insights into the evolution of health and medical sectors post COVID-19. The free-to-attend Conference is organized by Oman Medical Association in partnership with Oman Ministry of Health where renowned speakers, policy makers, practitioners, academicians, researchers, advocacy groups, influential policymakers and industry experts will participate to discuss policies, public health challenges and solutions in a global context. The highly acclaimed Conference will facilitate discussions on a wide range of topics related to improving health at all levels through collaboration and open dialogues. Industry stalwarts specializing in the field of medical science will address the latest findings to improve research, education, healthcare, and policy outcomes in the region; and discuss opportunities, challenges, and solutions to grow the healthcare industry.
Entry is free to the exhibition and conference. Register online and get your e-badge by visiting https://bit.ly/3b18Tb8
To know more, visit www.omanhealthexpo.com
The Oman Design and Build Week (ODBW) and Oman Real Estate Exhibition 2022 was inaugurated by the Chief Guest, His Excellency Sultan Bin Salim Al Habsi, Minister of Finance on 14 March 2022 at the Oman Convention and Exhibition Center. Organized under the patronage of the Ministry of Housing and Urban Planning Oman with the support of Oman Real Estate Association and Muscat Municipality, the 3-day exhibition will showcase innovative products, advanced services, and emerging solutions for the construction and real estate industry. The opening ceremony witnessed His Excellency Dr. Khalfan Bin Said Al Shueili, Minister of Housing and Urban Planning and also included in attendance a number of key figures from different ministries, top-level delegates, and industry leaders. Following the inauguration was the soft launch of TATWIR and the launch of the Hai Al Naseem project.
Other key highlights of the event are the Oman Real Estate Expo (OREX) as well as the Oman Real Estate (OREX) Conference, both of which are co-located with ODBW and are being hosted in Hall 3 of OCEC. Techno is the Platinum Sponsor of the event along with Wujha acting as the OREX Lead Sponsor, Sakan as the OREX Registration Sponsor, and Al Mouj as the Strategic Sponsor
Commenting on the event, Ashley Roberts, General Manager, CONNECT said, “ODBW aims to boost the building, construction, and real estate industry in Oman by injecting international experiences into the local market, sharing of knowledge, and by encouraging innovative solutions. It is also geared at helping those in the sector to form meaningful alliances, showcase their brand strengths, and expand their presence. At the same time, owing to the diversity of exhibitors, ODBW is also proving to be an excellent platform to address the various interests of the public. With over 250 exhibiting companies, the event will showcase a number of products from international manufacturers across seven countries with dedicated pavilions for Germany, India, Iran, Kuwait, Turkey, United Kingdom, and more. We encourage everyone to visit the exhibition to familiarize themselves with new trends in the sector, witness cutting-edge innovation and benefit from insightful panel discussions.”
Positioned as a forum offering opportunities for face-to-face business networking, the chance to engage in meaningful exchanges of information, and enhancing the prospects of connecting with industry peers to form long-term partnerships in the future, visitors to OREX will also gain access to real estate developers, investors, cities and regional authorities, and service providers. Meanwhile, the OREX Conference, hosted under the patronage of the Ministry of Housing and Urban Planning, will provide a platform for the region’s key real estate developers, property consultants, brokers, agents, financial, legal, and other service providers to learn from industry experts and inculcate strategies to accelerate business and attain optimum levels of efficiency, productivity, and performance in diverse projects areas while upholding industry best practices. Through a number of panel discussions on progressive topics, it will bring industry leaders together to better address the opportunities, challenges, and resultant market needs. By identifying areas of growth in the real estate sector of Oman and the MENA region, the conference will be an interactive and engaging platform to gain insights into the industry.
Going beyond networking, the ongoing ODBW Workshop, which is being held in Hall 5 at OCEC, is also offering comprehensive learning sessions to develop industry skills, gain knowledge about the market and develop a strategic edge in the building and construction industry. The agenda for the 3-day CPD-credited, PMI-certified Workshop is available here - https://omandesignandbuildweek.com/agenda.
ODBW is held in line with Oman’s Vision 2040 to diversify the economy and drive revenue from non-oil sources. It will provide the needed impetus to the building, construction, and real estate sector to showcase their innovative solutions and boost confidence amongst consumers. It will also enable exhibitors as well as visitors to engage in insightful discussions and benefit from shared knowledge and experience.
To know more, visit www.omandesignandbuildweek.com
Petroleum Development Oman (PDO) is to be the main host of Oman Sustainability Week (OSW), hosted by the Ministry of Energy and Minerals, underlining its strong commitment to being a champion of sustainable development.
The Company will showcase a number of its initiatives highlighting the importance of sustainability in achieving economic and social development, as well as preserving the environment and its resources.
The event will be hosted under the patronage of His Highness Sayyid Theyazin bin Haitham Al Said, Minister of Culture, Sports and Youth, who will inaugurate the week on March 14 at the Oman Convention and Exhibition Centre.
PDO Managing Director Steve Phimister, said the company is determined to strike the right balance between meeting the oil and gas demands of the country while mitigating its impact on the environment and supporting the communities in which it operates.
He added: “At PDO, we have a symbiotic relationship between our operations and the environment. We don’t just incorporate and comply with evolving ESG norms, we try to find innovative ways to enhance our processes to do better for the environment.
“As the main hosts of the Oman Sustainability Week, we seek to lead by example. While we have integrated sustainability in every aspect of our business, it also becomes our inherent duty and moral obligation to continue to raise public awareness about sustainable practices and why it is critical to adopt these measures.”
The week will provide a platform for the company to showcase its collaboration with different government bodies and private companies to boost sustainability initiatives in Oman while acting as a catalyst for sustainable economic growth.
Mr Phimister said: “Hosting OSW is a significant milestone in our journey as we align ourselves to the Sultanate’s Energy Vision. We have been at the forefront of spearheading sustainability initiatives in the Sultanate, encouraging energy independence and paving the way for a sustainable, green economy for future generations. While we remain committed to meeting national energy needs, we have also developed a detailed Decarbonisation Roadmap that will enable us to achieve net-zero emissions by 2050 with a step-change by 2030.”
PDO has unveiled a new five-year Environmental Strategy and Action Plan that is geared to achieving its overall corporate objectives of sustainable growth, operational excellence and meeting its sustainability commitments in line with the Oman Vision 2040.
PDO was also the first national oil company in the Gulf to become a member of the United Nations Global Compact in 2015, the largest voluntary corporate social responsibility initiative in the world aimed at fulfilling fundamental responsibilities related to human rights, labour, the environment and anti-corruption.
And, as part of combatting climate change, it has pioneered landmark solar energy schemes at Amin and Amal in the South and at its Muscat headquarters, is a founder member of the National Hydrogen Alliance and is working to open its first wind energy farm in 2024.
Last year, it committed to spending more than US$10 million on 83 social investment projects aligned to the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals in areas such as water and energy management, education and science, youth and female empowerment and community welfare.
Mr Phimister said: “Adopting ethical business practices is now a prerequisite for any company to succeed.”
With various mega-projects being initiated and realised, the Sultanate of Oman is gearing up for a transformational change in the energy sector. The Oman Petroleum & Energy Show (OPES) was inaugurated on Monday by His Highness Sayyid Taimur bin Asaad bin Tariq al Said, Chairman of the Central Bank of Oman Board of Governors in the presence of key officials from various ministries, top-level executives from global companies, and other industry leaders. Conducted under the patronage of the Ministry of Energy & Minerals and hosted by Petroleum Development Oman, the event is taking place at the Oman Convention & Exhibition Centre from 21–23 March. The exhibition is organised by Petroleum Development Oman (PDO) and features a special conference which is organised by the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE). This one-of-a-kind show will serve the entire oil and gas industry and lay a keen emphasis on the future of energy.
Some of the key sponsors of the event include Main Sponsor—bp; Principal Sponsor—OQ; Titanium Sponsor—Oman Shell; Diamond Sponsor—Eni; Platinum Sponsor—Baker Hughes, Halliburton, Oxy, and Schlumberger.
The opening ceremony witnessed remarks from Saleh Al Anboori, Conference Chairperson, Director-General of Exploration and Production of Oil and Gas, Ministry of Energy and Minerals, Sultanate of Oman; Sayyid Khalid bin Hamad Al Busaidi, Chairman, CONNECT, SABCO Group, and Kamel Ben-Naceur, 2022 SPE President, Chief Executive Officer, Nomadia Energy Consulting. The ceremony was followed by the OPES Awards Presentation that recognises companies that have made significant advancements and achieved excellence in major industrial fronts.
While OPES will serve as an effective business and networking platform for energy professionals, oil and gas companies, policy and decision-makers, and stakeholders, a key highlight of the event is the conference that is organised by the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE). Themed ‘Shaping the Future of the Energy Industry’, the conference will be chaired by Saleh Al Anboori, Director-General of Exploration and Production of Oil and Gas, Ministry of Energy and Minerals, Sultanate of Oman.
With a fine selection of highly acclaimed experts, the participants will convene to exchange ideas, share industry insights, and drive engagement through informative discussions and technical presentations on key topics shaping the current and future needs of the energy industry.
The conference agenda will feature an Industry Dialogue Session themed ‘Shaping the Future of the Energy Industry’. An Executive Plenary Session will focus on ‘How the Petroleum Industry is Preparing itself for the Era of Decarbonisation and Energy Transition’. Other engaging features of the conference agenda include 4 panel sessions, an Energy Think Tank session, 28 technical and knowledge sharing ePoster sessions, and an OPES Awards Showcase Pavilion.
Commenting on OPES, His Excellency, Salim bin Nasser Al Aufi, Undersecretary of the Ministry of Energy & Minerals, Sultanate of Oman said, “The Oman Petroleum & Energy Show is a national event that has, over the years, become a respected platform for the oil and gas industry across the region. This year’s conference theme reflects the major developments happening not only in the Sultanate, but in the wider region. Oman has made significant advancements in IOR/EOR methods, offshore drilling and field development, digitalization and artificial intelligence, and these will be debated and shared by leading experts through panel sessions, technical discussions, and presentations at the SPE Conference at OPES.”
Highlighting PDO’s involvement in the event, Dr. Bader Al Kharusi, PDO Oil North Director and Programme Committee Chairperson said, “We are indeed delighted to act as the host organisation of this prestigious event and are confident that all participants and visitors to the exhibition will find it to be a truly rewarding and fulfilling experience. OPES 2022 brings together the very best the Oman hydrocarbons sector has to offer. As we work together to support Oman Vision 2040 by reducing our carbon footprint, embracing technological innovation on an unprecedented scale, and operating more efficiently, it is evident that the Sultanate’s energy industry is taking monumental strides in its energy transition to a sustainable economy with net-zero emissions. The upcoming event will showcase many examples of how operators are delivering excellence, growth, and sustainable value creation within and well beyond our industry.”
OPES will also host a Digital Oil and Gas Zone featuring Digital Oil and Gas Talks that will unite senior executives, service providers, contractors and related suppliers, technology innovators, and industry experts to develop business ideas and exchange thoughts on revolutionizing the oil and gas industry with an emphasis on increasing profitability through sustainable measures.
The Sultanate has achieved significant progress in line with its energy vision to attain a green and circular economy that places sustainability at its core. Through national level, industry-leading events like OPES, the country will continue to stay committed to its goal of achieving energy independence while effectively developing resources such as renewable energy to lower production costs and enhance competitive elements in economic sectors.
It is worth noting that a special pre-conference seminar on current and advanced Enhanced Oil Recovery (EOR) took place on 20 March. Additionally, The OPES 2022 Young Leaders Forum, an important feature of the conference, will take place on 22 March and provide young professionals with key insights on trending topics and industry challenges while also offering a platform for them to learn more about innovative ideas and pioneering initiatives from experts and senior executives.
For more information on the exhibition, visit www.omanpetroleumandenergyshow.com and for the conference, visit go.spe.org/OPES22.
Acknowledging the need for sustainable development to achieve economic growth, attain social inclusion and protect the country’s environment, the Sultanate has been committed to the principles of sustainability and has spearheaded innovative programs that advocate its quintessential role in the development of the country. In a recent press conference organised on January 31, 2022 at Crowne Plaza Qurum, Petroleum Development Oman (PDO), CONNECT (Oman Exhibitions Organizing Company LLC), in partnership with Oman Environmental Services Holding Company (be’ah) and the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) announced the dates for the Oman Sustainability Week (OSW) event to be organized under the Ministry of Energy and Minerals. A national-level event dedicated to sustainability, OSW will be hosted under the patronage of His Highness Sayyid Theyazin bin Haitham Al Said who will inaugurate the week on March 14, 2022, at the Oman Convention & Exhibition Centre.
The press conference highlighted the role of sustainable development and Oman’s stance in the matter and also featured distinguished panelists including Abdul-Amir Ajmi Al Ajmi, External Affairs and Value Creation Director at PDO, Dr. Mohab Al Hinai, Head of Center for Sustainability and Circular Economy, be'ah, Chokri Ben Amor, Committee Chairperson of the Gaia Summit, Muhanad Al Kiyumi, Business Partner - CEO Alternative Energy from OQ, Ghada Al Yousef, Executive Manager of Nama Group and Malak Al-Shaibani, External Relations Country General Manager of Shell Development Oman.
“Sustainable development is not a choice but a prerequisite for development. It is essential that we strike the right balance between economic growth and conservation of our environment,” said Mr. Al Ajmi. “In line with the goals laid out in Oman Vision 2040 to achieve a developed, diversified, and sustainable national economy, there has been an immense concentration on the efficient utilization of technology and optimization of resources to ensure a sustainable approach to increasing consumption and GDP. Strategic national events like OSW will reinforce sustainable development as a key feature of governance and highlight its critical role in the diversification of the economy. With several projects already underway, Oman has been dedicated to achieving a green economy through green strategies and renewable energy production. ”
Aligning itself to the UN Sustainability Development Goals (SDGs) and engaging the national development stakeholders to present Oman as a model for sustainable development, the week-long event will comprise of an exhibition, conference, thought leadership summit, site visits, and awards. While the Oman Sustainability Week Expo will showcase an exhibition featuring the latest sustainability technologies, solutions, and initiatives from across the world, the International Sustainability Resources and Technology Conference (ISRTC),which is set to be held from 14 to 16 March, will connect local and global stakeholders to foster constructive debate and enhance cross-collaboration. The C-level thought leadership, Gaia Summit, will be scheduled from 13 to 14 March, and the OSW site visits on the final day of the week will offer attendees an opportunity to visit projects that are at the forefront of building a sustainable environment across the country. Meanwhile, the OSW Awards, which is slated to be held on 13 March, will honor the vital contributions to sustainability that have helped businesses to set themselves apart from competitors.
OSW foresees the active participation of over 100 companies from more than 20 countries and the attendance of 5,000 individuals, including industry stakeholders, policymakers, sustainability experts, and industry leaders from Oman, the wider GCC, and other parts of the world. In accordance with the prevalent COVID-19 situation, all protocols will be adhered to during the course of the event including maintaining a 50% capacity, temperature checks, proof of vaccination, and the wearing of face masks.
In line with Oman’s National Energy Strategy and to achieve the country’s sustainability goals of building a green and circular economy that addresses national needs and moves consistently with the global trends, OSW will further encourage energy independence, generation of revenues from non-traditional natural resources, and innovation in infrastructure to produce affordable and clean energy for the protection of the climate and environment.
Mohammed Al Harthy, Executive Vice President - Strategic Development, be'ah said, “be’ah and sustainability initiatives go hand-in-hand. It is an honor for be’ah to be part of the OSW, which is a platform to learn, share, and educate as Oman takes a bigger and more determined stride towards a sustainable future.”
With PDO, be’ah, Nama and OQ acting as Strategy Partners of the event, OSW will reaffirm the Sultanate’s position on the global map as a country that prioritizes, incorporates and advocates sustainability in all its initiatives.
Under the patronage of Oman Ministry of Housing and Urban Planning, Oman Design & Build Week, incorporating The Big Show and Oman Real Estate Expo, will be held from 14 to 16 March 2022, at Oman Convention & Exhibition Centre, Muscat, Oman. The event is dedicated to the building, construction, and real estate industry, and seeks to build partnerships and grow business in an in-person environment.
As the economy in the Sultanate of Oman continues to recover from the slowdown resulting by the global pandemic, the economic diversification plans guided by Oman Vision 2040 emphasize on strengthening the construction industry. The construction industry being the second largest driver of non-oil growth of Oman’s economy is witnessing a rapid growth. A significant rise in the number of multi-billion projects is accelerating demand for building and construction products and services.
Ashley Roberts, General Manager, CONNECT – the organiser of Oman Design & Build Week states, “We are confident that the business opportunities offered at Oman Design & Build Week will foster positive meaningful engagement in the construction, building and real estate industries, and that will support economic growth.”
Oman Design & Build Week will feature over 300 new products and technologies catering to the building interiors and finishes, building envelope and special construction, building technology and automation, mechanical, electrical, and plumbing (MEP), heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC), construction tools and materials, concrete and concrete-related products and plant, machinery and vehicles (PMV) sectors. With companies participating from over 18 countries, the event is expected to draw 11,000 visits in three days.
At the co-located Oman Real Estate Expo, the real estate industry will converge offering brokers, agents, developers, owners, and home buyers’ multiple options to search commercial and residential projects, invest in new projects, buy properties, and learn about the on-going and upcoming trends in the market. Oman Real Estate Expo is organized in partnership with Oman Real Estate Association, Oman’s nodal trade body representing Omani real estate institutions and companies operating in real estate development, investment, valuation, and brokerage.
Asim Mohammed Al Zadjali, Chairman of Oman Real Estate Association adds, “Oman Real Estate Association is pleased to co-organise Oman Real Estate Expo. The exhibition provides immense opportunities for the real estate developers looking at engaging with property buyers on a face-to-face basis. We invite real estate business owners and buyers to take advantage of this platform to nurture their business.”
With the support of prominent international and regional bodies such as Ministry of Micro, Small & Medium Enterprises India, Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (Germany), Republic of Turkey Ministry of Trade, and Muscat Municipality, Oman Design & Build Week will host country pavilions from Germany, India, Iran, Italy, Turkey, and United Kingdom, making it a truly international event. Some of the key exhibitors showcasing their products will be AKG Hardware, RICS, Salem Mohiyaddin bin Saif & bros. Trad & Cont Co, and Techno Pipes. The event will offer educational programme for budding and established professionals from the construction sector. The free-to-attend Continued Professional Development (CPD) and Project Management Institute (PMI) certified seminars and workshops across three days that will include informative topics on effective leadership in managing engineering projects, applying innovative techniques in managing projects and increasing profits by managing Risk-Cost-Claims in construction projects.
To know more, visit www.omandesignandbuildweek.com
be’ah, PDO and CONNECT have joined hands to launch the Oman Sustainability Week (OSW) Awards on the 13th of March 2022 at W Hotel, Muscat, hosted by Petroleum Development Oman under the patronage of Ministry of Energy & Minerals.
The initiative is organized in collaboration with the globally renowned Center of Sustainability and Excellence (CSE) and is aimed at promoting exemplary accomplishments by corporations to embed sustainability as an integral part of their business practices. This prestigious annual awards of national importance are aligned with the UN Sustainability Development Goals (SDGs) in line with the sustainability initiatives identified in Oman Vision 2040. The key areas of focus are clean water and sanitation, affordable and clean energy, industry innovation and infrastructure, climate action and life on land.
The main objective of the OSW Awards is to raise awareness on sustainability issues and to support companies and organisations in integrating responsible and sustainable practices into their corporate strategy. The long-term goal is to recognise an organisation’s impact in the areas of sustainability and to encourage their commitment towards sustainability targets.
The Awards forms part of the wider Oman Sustainability Week, a week-long event comprising an Exhibition, Conference, Thought Leadership Summit, and Site Visits. The Oman Sustainability Week, scheduled between 13 to 17 March 2022, is a national platform that aims to highlight the Sultanate’s commitment to sustainability leadership through innovative strategies aligned with the UN SDGs and to engage the national development stakeholders to present Oman as a model for sustainable development.
The Awards will provide a platform for the participating organisations to perform a situation analysis, mapping out their current sustainability status in comparison to industry peers and identifying medium and long term risks and opportunities. Some of the other benefits include in-depth evaluation by highly specialised sustainability assessors, introduction to self-assessment tools and assessment methodologies offered through a specially designed online platform. Participants will have the opportunity to provide category submissions in six main areas including Governance, Society, Environment, Employees, Transitional Energy and Education.
Submissions for the OSW Awards will open from 15th November 2021 to 1st January 2022. To know more about sending entries and the evaluation process, visit www.omansustainabilityweek.com/oman-sustainability-week-awards
As part of a long-term partnership, Abu Dhabi Chamber of Commerce & Industry and CONNECT have announced two inaugural events, Middle East Design & Build Week (MEDBW) and Middle East Manufacturing & Technology Expo (MEMT). Both the physical events are scheduled to be held between 5 – 7 December 2022 at Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (ADNEC), UAE.
This announcement was made during a press conference held at the Chamber’s tower in Abu Dhabi, which was attended by Mr. Abdullah Ghurair Al Qubaisi, Deputy Director General of Abu Dhabi Chamber; Mubarak Al Shamsi, Director of Abu Dhabi Convention and Exhibition Bureau (ADCEB); Khalifa Al Qubaisi, Chief Commercial Officer of Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Center (ADNEC); and Ashley Roberts from CONNECT. A large number of media representatives attended the press conference as well.
The events are supported by Abu Dhabi Department of Culture and Tourism and other prominent government and regional bodies from the UAE.
In his opening speech, Mr. Al Qubaisi said that “Through these two prestigious events, which are the only events in the region dedicated to construction and manufacturing, we look forward to exploring different solutions in construction and design as well as manufacturing and advanced technology sectors. Through these two events, we will have the potential to identify the prospects of mutual cooperation and joint partnerships and to share experiences with the biggest international companies in this regard.”
He added that organizing the Middle East Design & Build Week and Middle East Manufacturing & Technology Expo in partnership with CONNECT translates the efforts of the Chamber to realizing the national industrial strategies by providing the necessary support for the private sector to be a key player in the fourth industrial revolution and to fortify the place of the UAE in general and Abu Dhabi in particular on the world map as a center for sciences and advanced industries over the next decade.
“The construction and manufacturing industries in the UAE are featured with all the tools necessary for growth and prosperity thanks to the long-term futuristic vision of the UAE’s wise leadership and the national strategies that are capable of making a paradigm shift in manufacturing projects, especially the “Made in Abu Dhabi” strategy that is aimed at providing an impetus to the industrial sector, boosting foreign trade and local investment in Abu Dhabi.
The government’s openness to international business, heavy investments in economic diversification plans and the region’s strategic location has created humungous business opportunities for regional and international companies across a range of industry verticals, especially in the construction and manufacturing industries,” he added.
For his part, Mubarak Al Shamsi emphasized on the importance of launching the two events, which are the only events in the region that caters to the construction, manufacturing and technology sectors, pointing to them as amongst the key sectors on which the government is concentrating.
The Director of ADCEB stated that business tourism and events sector is the main engines for tourism and economic development in Abu Dhabi and that this sector offers the opportunity for businesses to meet and conclude deals, thus, more partnerships and increased rates of trade exchange.
Al Shamsi added that the ADCEB is a pioneering entity that supervises the development and promotion of business events throughout the emirate efficiently, effectively and transparently and in partnership with all its stakeholders. “Abu Dhabi is well known as an international business destination and a tourism hub. It is one of the most secure cities in the world and it is the perfect destination for organizing meetings, conferences and exhibitions while providing all the necessary precautionary measures for health and safety,” he said.
Khalifa Al Qubaisi noted that ADNEC as always strives to present a successful venue for MEDBW and MEMT, pointing out that the responsible teams of both events have already started coordinating with CONNECT to bring about perfect world-class events next year. “These two events will play a big role in boosting the joint work in hosting and organizing conferences and exhibitions, which will reflect positively to increasing the economic advantages to the sector of business tourism and the national economy as a whole.”
Ashley Roberts from CONNECT has expressed his confidence in the success of economic events in Abu Dhabi, saying that amidst the enormous boom in the manufacturing and construction sectors, the UAE is a natural choice for event organizers to host world-class trade events. “Visiting or exhibiting at trade events such as MEDBW and MEMT will be an optimum way to explore and expand business in the rapidly emerging region. The events will provide a forum for international and local businesses to discuss investment and project opportunities, as well as bringing together decision makers from both the regional public and private sector,” he explained.
“Live events play a paramount role in offering a platform for connecting businesses, growing profits, networking, and keeping up with the trending subjects in the industry. With the support of our valued partners at Abu Dhabi Chamber of Commerce & Industry and key government bodies from the UAE, we are confident that both the events will foster positive meaningful engagement in the design, construction, manufacturing, and technology industries.”
Mr. Roberts pointed out that many counties have confirmed their participation at the events including Israel, Italy, Turkey, United Kingdom amongst others, expecting that both events will attract participation and delegation from across the world.
Under the patronage of the Ministry of Energy and Minerals, Oman Sustainability Week is being launched through a collaboration between Petroleum Development Oman (PDO), be’ah, Omanexpo and Ubar Conferences.
Oman Sustainability Week (OSW) is a national platform that aims to highlight Oman’s commitment to sustainability leadership through innovative strategies aligned with the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and engage the national development stakeholders to present Oman as a new model for sustainable development. Bringing together key stakeholders – policy makers, sustainability experts and industry leaders - the event comprises of a weeklong series of activities that includes:
- OSW Expo – Open to both business professionals and consumers, the three-day exhibition will showcase a broad array of both international and Omani businesses who offer both products and services to facility sustainable living.
- ISRTC Conference – The International Sustainability Resources & Technology Conference (ISRTC) aims to connect local and global stakeholders across academia, industry, and public sector to foster constructive debate and enhance cross-collaboration while the three-day conference is based on a scientific program focused on many areas such as sustainable resource management, circular economy, and environmental responsibility.
- OSW Awards – This prestigious awards ceremony will recognise both businesses and individuals for their contribution to sustainable living in the Sultanate of Oman.
- OSW Site Visits – Excursions will allow individuals to gain a first-hand insight to some of the existing sustainable projects with the Sultanate of Oman.
Oman Vision 2040 seeks to elevate the Sultanate to the position of advanced nations. The economy and development of Oman is heavily dependent on oil and gas resources accounting for 68% to 85% of government revenue. Hence, the major role of the energy sector to contribute to the future sustainability and diversity of the economy will be a key highlight of Oman Sustainability Week.
PDO is proud to be playing a leading role in collaboration with valued partners in this prestigious event which will provide a platform to shed light on the key topic of sustainable development.
“Sustainability for PDO is about operating safely, responsibly and efficiently to deliver lasting economic benefits to our stakeholders and the whole of Oman while mitigating our impact on the environment and wider society. This means behaving in a way which engenders public consent, trust and respect and provides a platform for sustainable economic growth.
After all, we only succeed if the communities in which we operate succeed.”
Sheikh Mohammed Al Harthy, Executive Vice President-Strategic Development Sector at be’ah said, “We are delighted to host the International Sustainability, Resources & Technology Conference (ISRTC) 2021 here in Oman to discuss a wide variety of topics regarding major environmental issues. This conference is an excellent platform designed for experts and professionals specialized in environmental sustainability and circular economy.” He added, “ISRTC will focus on Sustainable Development Goals and the future of resource management; shedding light on INDUSTRY 4.0 and the latest technological solutions that minimizes damage on the environment.”
Oman Sustainability Week will provide a forum for international and local knowledge, investment opportunities and best practices in sustainability in relation to the energy, water, and environment prospects.
Oman Sustainability Week will foster a lasting legacy in the business community and residents in shifting the culture towards a sustainable lifestyle and development that will aid towards meeting the commitment in 2030 SDGs and 2040 Oman vision specifically the economy and development theme
Oman Sustainability Week will take place between 29th November to 1st December 2021. For more information visit www.omansustainabilityweek.com
The strength of the relationships the Omanexpo sales team has built has resulted in it retaining almost every one of its clients throughout the Covid-19 pandemic. The business has seven large shows booked for 2021 and out of 497 contracted exhibitors before any event postponement, the team has lost only a single exhibitor, testimony to its strong focus on building durable relationships.
One of the key behaviours allowing for this success, is the quality of the relationships the sales team has built and sustained with their clients. The team has been actively creating opportunities to contact their exhibitors throughout the event cycle, not just on an annual re-booking basis. Marketing tools such as show previews and social media posts are examples of ways the event sales team can proactively reach out to exhibiting companies in a customer service capacity and for those clients to proactively contact Omanexpo.
As an exhibition and conference organiser, Omanexpo is also innovating and adapting with the support of technology and the adoption of virtual platforms and webinars from February 2020. These have led to new value-led opportunities for exhibitors to engage with audiences and enabled Omanexpo to deliver meaningful, insightful content to its clients and audiences.
Acknowledging that people buy from people is central to the focus and our salespeople make a point of getting to know their clients personally, taking an interest in them holistically to broaden their understanding of the clients’ needs and the wider market.
The business is creating reasons for networking to happen, allowing relationships to build throughout the year and not just around an annual event.
Much of the groundwork around sales comes through developing personal relationships with small start-up businesses who, as they grow, seek out larger scale events to exhibit at.
Nurturing emerging talent is increasingly being recognised as an important part of the sales pipeline.
Finally, the combined efforts of the finance and commercial teams, working in parallel to accommodate payment terms that work for both Omanexpo and its clients is underpinning strong relationships to support sales.
Restarting events, bringing audiences back together and keeping businesses alive to support the economy has been a key objective in the events industry throughout this period. The businesses that don’t just survive but thrive in the new world will be those that have adapted and maximised the opportunities that have come their way to create better ways of engaging customers, delivering value and ultimately converting sales.
EY has opened the registration for its Business Continuity and Resilience online training course and coaching session, taking place on 29 June 2020. The full-day webinar, managed by Omanexpo, will focus on preparing organizations for the phases beyond the COVID-19 pandemic.
The online course and coaching will advise participants on how to design their own end-to-end COVID-19 program, define key aspects of their pandemic response and recovery plan, develop appropriate ‘return to work’ guidelines, increase the readiness and response capacity within their organization, and go over roll-back planning.
Participants will also be able to leverage for their organizations the EY COVID-19 Enterprise Resilience Assessment Tool, an easy and pragmatic way to understand the resilience of an enterprise and enable a clear prioritization of actions. In addition, participants will benefit from the EY Resilience Framework and preparedness checklist, a holistic COVID-19 pandemic resilience management approach, as well as EY thought leadership material on resuming work after the pandemic.
The speakers will share insights on how to mitigate COVID-19 risks within workspaces; mental health and resilience during a pandemic; and strengthening business continuity and resilience to disruptive events in the MENA region, among others.
Mohamed Nayaz, MENA Resilience Leader, EY says:
“Many businesses found themselves unprepared to manage the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic and are greatly concerned with how to rework their business model to address the immediate impact, as well as how to remain resilient in the face of future adversities. The attendees of this webinar will be introduced to a tailored methodology that will help them ensure business continuity and resilience during this pandemic and for years to come.”
The course, aimed at chief risk officers, chief resilience officers, and heads of business continuity, will support enterprises from across all sectors in developing robust resilience capabilities and preparedness across all business functions.
To learn more about the webinar program and enroll, please visit: http://www.omanexpo.com/Business-Continuity-and-Resilience-course-EY.php.
Businesses are facing a challenge they would not have dreamed of over a year ago—that of coping and keeping up with the rapidly changing business landscape as a result of COVID-19.
Responding to the need to inform businesses and uphold its commitment to continue to provide useful, relevant, insightful, and practical information about developments, trends, innovations to the industries it serves, Omanexpo will host its first webinar “Steering a Business through COVID-19” from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on April 20.
The interactive webinar will feature talks from Dr. Fatma Al Yaqoubi, Head of TB and Acute Respiratory Diseases Section, Directorate General for Disease Surveillance and Control, Oman Ministry of Health; Dr. Marie-Louise Van Eck, Regional Medical Director, International SOS; Mohamed Nayaz, Partner, Africa, India & Middle East (AIM) Advisory Services, MENA leader for Resilience Services, Ernst & Young (EY); and Craig Ceppetelli, Executive Director (Interim), Office of International Collaboration, Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, and will culminate with Q&A sessions after each presentation.
The speakers will share insights on how to mitigate COVID-19 risks within workspaces; mental health and resilience during a pandemic; and strengthening business continuity and resilience to disruptive events in the MENA region, among others.
Ashley Roberts, Acting General Manager and Portfolio Director of Omanexpo, says “As an exhibition and conferences organiser, we need to continue to innovate and adapt to the current restrictions on hosting mass gatherings by using virtual platforms to enable us to continue to play our role in delivering meaningful events for our customers and markets.”
“We are offering this platform to create new opportunities to facilitate discussion, share ideas and knowledge while providing continuity for businesses and industries. We will also be offering services for companies who need to organise their own webinars,” he adds. The webinar is supported by the Oman Ministry of Health, Ernst & Young (EY) and International SOS.
Interested attendees may register for the webinar at https://events.streamgo.co.uk/omanexpo-webinars-steering-a-company-through-COVID-19.
For more information, call +968 98892581.
Omanexpo today announced an agreed decision by all key stakeholders to postpone its flagship event, Oman Design & Build Week in light of the growing difficulties of international travel due the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.
Oman Design & Build Week, Oman’s biggest building and construction event, will now be held from the 22nd to the 24th of March 2021 at the Oman Convention & Exhibition Centre, one year after the originally planned March 30 to April 1 dates.
This proactive move is supported by the Ministry of Health and the Oman Real Estate Association (ORA).
Ashley Roberts, Portfolio Director and Acting General Manager of Omanexpo, comments, “We have been having regular dialogue with the Ministry of Health, Oman in relation to COVID-19. We as organisers must commend the way that the COVID-19 situation is being very competently controlled in Oman. We must be conscious that many organisations within our community are currently facing difficulties travelling around the world. It is for these travel reasons that Oman Design & Build Week will be postponed until 2021.”
“Whilst we realise that the change in dates may amount to some inconvenience for companies it is paramount to put the health of those due to visit Oman Design & Build Week 2020, and the wider population of Oman, at the centre of this decision. The outbreak of COVID-19 is a situation affecting the globe and it is having an unprecedented impact on businesses around the world, events, are of course part of this due to nature of the large gathering of people that they represent.”
“We believe that the postponement allows for the event to be fully inclusive and it is likely that it will be even better for the communities that they serve,” he concludes.
Omanexpo today announced an agreed decision by all key stakeholders to postpone its flagship event, Oman Petroleum & Energy Show (OPES) in light of the growing difficulties of international travel due the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.
Oman Petroleum & Energy Show (OPES), Oman’s biggest oil and gas event and one of the most important in the Middle East region, will now be held from the 14th to the 16th of September 2020 at the Oman Convention & Exhibition Centre, six months after the originally planned March 9th to 11th dates.
This proactive move is supported by the Ministry of Health, the Ministry of Oil and Gas, and the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE).
Ashley Roberts, Portfolio Director and Acting General Manager of Omanexpo, comments, “We have been having regular dialogue with the Ministry of Health, Oman, as well as the Ministry of Oil and Gas, Oman in relation to COVID-19. We as organisers must commend the way that the COVID-19 situation is being very competently controlled in Oman. We must be conscious that many organisations within our community are currently facing difficulties travelling around the world. It is for these travel reasons that OPES will be postponed until later in 2020.”
“Whilst we realise that the change in dates may amount to some inconvenience for companies it is paramount to put the health of those due to visit OPES 2020, and the wider population of Oman, at the centre of this decision. The outbreak of COVID-19 is a situation affecting the globe and it is having an unprecedented impact on businesses around the world, events, are of course part of this due to nature of the large gathering of people that they represent.”
The conference, once again organized by esteemed Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE), will revolve around the theme “Shaping the Future of the Energy Industry” and will feature a well-selected speaking faculty of highly acclaimed experts from the Ministry of Oil & Gas Oman, Saudi Aramco, Petroleum Development Oman, Shell, Halliburton, Schlumberger, BP, ENI Oman and more.
“We believe that the postponement allows for the event to be fully inclusive and it is likely that it will be even better for the communities that they serve,” he concludes.
Oman’s biggest oil and gas event and one of the most important in the Middle East region, is set to happen from the 9th to the 11th of March at the Oman Convention & Exhibition Centre, Muscat, Oman.
The Oman Petroleum & Energy Show (OPES), now an inclusive event, integrates the well-established 12th edition of Oil & Gas West Asia (OGWA), the high-profile SPE conference at OPES, and the recently launched Gas & LNG Show, Offshore & Marine Show, Stainless Steel World Middle East Exhibition, and Digital Oil & Gas Zone.
The initiative by pioneer organizer Omanexpo comes in light of its renewed commitment to better align its objectives with the continued growth and expansion of the oil and gas sector in the Sultanate of Oman.
Ashley Roberts, acting General Manager and Portfolio Director, Omanexpo says “We deem it our responsibility to tightly support the government’s direction in its long-term development strategy to continuously advance the industry. The evolving global energy landscape and the optimism that comes along with it as a result of more buoyant global oil prices, major gas discoveries, huge investments in large-scale energy projects, and increased hydrocarbon, crude, offshore oil and gas production and exploration activities, has necessitated the restructuring of our oil and gas event.”
More than 400 local and global oil and gas companies from over 20 countries are participating in the exhibition, with some of the biggest oil and gas companies such as BP Exploration, Petroleum Development Oman (PDO), Schlumberger, Oman LNG, Halliburton, Shell, Qatar Petroleum, MOL Group, Baker Hughes, CTS Middle East, and much more, leading the nearly filled venue space.
The conference, once again organized by esteemed Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE), will revolve around the theme “Shaping the Future of the Energy Industry” and will feature a well-selected speaking faculty of highly acclaimed experts from the Ministry of Oil & Gas Oman, Saudi Aramco, Petroleum Development Oman, Shell, Halliburton, Schlumberger, BP, ENI Oman and more.
Distinguished industry leaders from representing 28 countries will share insights and success stories through informative, technical discussions and presentations on key topics such as gas exploration, production, offshore drilling and field development, IOR/EOR methods, offshore emerging technologies, HSE and asset management, digitalization, artificial intelligence, among others.
Michelle Boyd, Director, Middle East, North Africa & South Asia, SPE, remarks “The Society of Petroleum Engineers is proud to sponsor the inaugural edition of the OPES conference. This event attracts professionals from all over the globe. Here they will have a good opportunity to share experiences, new technologies and innovative methodologies.”
“SPE has planned many informative and technical discussions. For example, at Monday’s CEO plenary session, distinguished industry leaders will share their insights on the factors Shaping the Future of the Energy Industry. Emerging outlooks of low carbon grown will also be discussed on a strategic panel session on Monday. Other topical panels will deliver a strategic view on key topics like EOR, IOR and Gas Developments and the emerging topic of Offshore and Marine,” she adds.
OPES is held under the auspices of the Ministry of Oil and Gas and backed by a sponsor lineup that includes PDO, BP, Shell, Halliburton, Baker Hughes, Oxy Oman, Schlumberger, CCED, Petrofac, Petrogas, Total, Gulf Energy, among others.
Trends in the construction sector are changing the business and global landscape. For the industry, Oman’s in particular, there is a need to adopt new practices, embrace new technologies, automate new systems, and espouse innovation in order to move it forward.
Oman Design & Build Week (formerly The BIG Show Oman), in its uppermost aim to support the development initiatives of the government above and beyond its commitment to continuously provide business and investment opportunities to companies in the sector, is ramping up efforts to expand its building, technology and automation segment.
This year, in this landmark show’s 17th edition, organizer Omanexpo has introduced a dedicated zone for local and international companies to showcase safety and security products and systems, home automation systems, software and project management systems, smart building systems, building technology and equipment, fire protection systems and other innovative and modern technologies in construction that very well represent the digital and technology transformation direction that Oman is taking.
In line with the Vision 2040, where Oman aims to “achieve a digital transformation by deploying Information and Communication Technology (ICT) and other enablers of technological progress,” the government has launched smart city initiatives alongside its e-government initiatives.
Underlining efforts to move towards implementing smart solutions and developing smart city projects are the ongoing key constructions such as the Duqm Smart City (US$ 40 billion), Madinat Al Irfan (also known as the City of the Future, estimated at US$ 5 billion), and the Oman-China Industrial City (US$ 10.7 billion).
Tarek Ali, Senior Event Director, Oman Design & Build Week, says “More and more companies are catching up with the construction tech space and moving away from traditional building methods and materials with the aim to improve efficiency and productivity, reduce cost, speed up the building process, and in the long run, increase profitability. We are glad to provide a platform for these companies who could benefit much from the evolving needs of the industry.”
Occupying the building, technology and innovation zone will be a UK pavilion that will feature companies such as Atamate Ltd, Nudura, Typhoon Performance Products, Reacton Fire Suppression Ltd, HSBCAD Limited and Videcon Ltd, and more, apart from companies from Oman, Qatar and the UAE.
Adding value to the zone are the free-to-attend workshops that will focus on Building Information Modeling (BIM), simulation through Virtual Reality (VR), 4D planning and scheduling. The workshops are certified by CPD and Project Management Institute (PMI).
Oman Design & Build Week is co-located with the third Oman Real Estate Expo, which is supported by the Ministry of Housing and the Oman Real Estate Association (ORA). It is scheduled from March 30 to April 1, 2020 at the Oman Convention & Exhibition Centre (OCEC).
In its commitment to continuously provide its exhibitors with a positive experience and help them get the most out of its shows, Oman’s biggest exhibitions and conferences organizer Omanexpo recently organized an Exhibitor Strategy Day for participants of its two biggest trade events—Oman Petroleum & Energy Show (OPES) and Oman Design & Build Week.
The exclusive event was held at the Crowne Plaza Qurum, moderated by John Blaskey, renowned international exhibition consultant from UK-based The Exhibiting Agency Ltd. Blaskey kicked off the session with Master Class “Challenges Exhibitors Face in Driving Best and Measurable Results.” It was followed by a case study presentation by Tatyana Garina, Marketing Manager, Eastern Hemisphere, Halliburton, who addressed questions from the exhibitors during the Q&A session. Blaskey presented the second Master Class, which focused on “Case Histories.”
The event received a positive reception from companies from both the construction and oil and gas sectors, boding well for the forthcoming events. The organizers are assured that their exhibitors are better equipped with the appropriate strategic tools to maximize their return on investment, allowing for a better show experience.
Commenting on the event, long-time exhibitor Waleed Associates says “We would like to thank Omanexpo for this opportunity. We always look forward to participating at OPES, which is a major event in Oman, because this platform helps us tremendously to engage with our existing customers as well as new and potential ones across all sectors.”
“The Exhibitor Strategy Day is a very good initiative by Omanexpo. It helps us to strategize in a refreshing way, learn certain things while unlearning others which have become obsolete in these times. We are always grateful to Omanexpo, who has always been a supporting partner.”
Blaskey says, “I am delighted to be invited by Omanexpo to help their exhibitors get really good results when they exhibit at the forthcoming shows in March. I believe that some organizers at trade shows are more enlightened than others and Omanexpo is, as they have invested quite a lot of money, time and resources and bringing in about a hundred exhibitors together to hear how they can get the most from either OPES or Oman Design & Build events.”
“Exhibitions is about meeting new people. It is about initiating and developing relationships and Omanexpo has created the forum to do that with its highly professional exhibitions. I am looking forward to really see professional and exciting stands by the participants who came to the Master Class and who are serious about investing in the oldest form of marketing in the world—face-to face,” he concludes.
Omanexpo and NextFairs today announced their collaboration after the recent signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to develop and organize high-profile, highly targeted trade exhibitions and conferences in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region.
Omanexpo and NextFairs’ move to form a strategic alliance follows both their objectives to ultimately provide companies with more dynamic platforms that will enable them to adapt to evolving global trends, practices and technologies and exponentially grow their businesses.
Omanexpo is the pioneer and biggest international trade show organizer in Oman with more than 30 years of organizing internationally certified events that cover key industries in the sultanate. NextFairs is Qatar’s leading event organizer, recognized as a market leader in providing integrated business solutions across sectors and a 15-year in-depth market knowledge of the MENA region.
The exhibitions industry is continuously transforming, as business models are changing, trends are emerging and formats are converging. This necessitates the need for new and deeper collaboration and international partnerships that will promote stronger growth markets.
Ashley Roberts, Acting General Manager and Portfolio Director of Omanexpo, says, “As organizers, we aim to provide more rewarding experiences for our exhibitors and visitors. By aligning our resources, core competencies, and competitive advantages with a solid and professional organization such as NextFairs, we are in a more advantageous position to deliver better services, present new market opportunities and leverage the positive development and strong growth in the region.”
“We see a potentially strong partnership with Omanexpo as it redefines its show objectives in order to ensure more beneficial results for its customers. This is where the value of providing business intelligence and processes comes to fore. It is our pleasure to partner with Omanexpo to provide platforms of growth for the exhibition and conference sector in Qatar and other countries and fulfill the needs of an ever-changing event landscape,” Rawad Sleem, General Manager, NextFairs remarks.
The first planned exhibition that will be announced soon will provide an ideal platform for exhibitors and buyers to enter into deals, network amongst each other and contribute to the development of the economy. This will make it possible for SMEs and entrepreneurs to review the best solutions and products and discuss new trends as a key objective to promote the exhibition industry and put Qatar on the international map of specialized professional exhibitions,” Sleem adds.
with huge investments being undertaken by governments and businesses in the region. In the most recent UFI global exhibitions report, it calculated that the Middle East alone serves 125,000 exhibiting companies, 6.3 million visitors and supports more than 31,000 jobs.
With the precarious political and economic situations in the West, many of the Top 20 Exhibition Organisers are looking East to secure and grow their future business.
This is confidence is cemented by the actions of UFI who only last month announced a new partnership with Oman Convention and Exhibition Centre for the first Exhibition Management Degree (EMD) Programme in Muscat and, will be bringing its international conference to Oman in November 2020.
Against the struggle and competition of the packed marketplace of Europe, organisers often battle with each other for airtime and marketing spend however, the Middle East has many unexplored sectors in which events have yet to be launched.
The potential is huge and no-where is this truer than Oman. The impact of the Oman Vision 2040 powered by His Majesty Sultan Qaboos bin Said, has seen a new region-wide development of infrastructure including a new airport and state-of-the-art exhibition and conference centre. Developments such as these have only had a positive impact on the exhibition industry in the region – something I’m not sure this can be said for every government in the Western world.
Many places in the Middle East are becoming much more accessible for UK citizens and are offering more opportunities to talented exhibition professionals who are more entrepreneur in spirit.
In the past, heading to the UAE was a quick way for the international community to ‘get ahead’ and make a quick tax-free buck with a two-year deadline. Today, the region is home to almost 200,000 Brits living in the UAE, a huge increase from 20,000 in 2008* - and they’re not leaving.
Political instability of Europe and the US is driving up the expat community who are now looking to plant roots in the Middle East, at least for the middle-term. Where exhibitions add 1.4 billion USD to the Middle East economy and an enormous appetite to grow this further, there has never been more potential for individuals to make the leap and build a long-term career in the region.
With so much on offer for exhibition organisers, not forgetting of course the promise of sunnier climes, its perhaps time you took a fresh look at the Middle East for your future.
Omanexpo, the organizer of Oman Real Estate Expo (OREX), and Oman Real Estate Association (ORA), Oman’s real estate regulating body, along with the Real Estate Development Directorate of the Ministry of Housing has announced that the third edition is slated from March 30 to April 1, 2020 at the Oman Convention & Exhibition Centre.
The announcement was made at a press conference held on Tuesday at the W Muscat Hotel. Members of the panel who addressed the media were Engr. Siham Al Harthy, Director General, Real Estate Development Directorate, Ministry of Housing; Hassan Juma al Lawati, Chairman, ORA; Andy White, General Manager, Omanexpo; and Tarek Ali, Exhibition Director, Omanexpo. Also present were the board members of ORA.
Following the successful previous editions in 2018 and 2019, the organizers are anticipating the same enthusiastic response from the business sector. Tarek Ali comments, “OREX will continue to be an appealing platform for local and international investors as it highlights the growing potential of Oman’s real estate market and provides a compact marketplace for sellers and buyers to meet and leverage business opportunities.”
“Despite the recent oil downturn, the property sector is slowly recovering and creating fresh opportunities for tenants and property buyers. This edition will help in further stimulating the market by showcasing what the local developers have to offer. This includes affordable housing, offering long-term installment plans and freehold opportunities for expatriates,” he adds.
According to ORA, the country’s real estate sector is strong, owing to “stabilizing crude oil prices, increased real estate activity and improved economic conditions.” Currently, there is a spate of development projects—residential, commercial, mixed-use and integrated tourism complexes (ITCs) happening all over Oman. Developments such as including Naseem A’Sabah (US$1.04 billion), Sur Gate Project (US$311.7 million), Quriyat ITC Project (US$1 billion), Diyar Ras Al Hadd Resort, Omagine Project, Al Nakheel, and Hawana Lagoons Salalah have led to expansion of the housing market in terms of growth and value.
In 2018, the government has announced its decision to open the doors to real estate investment for expatriates living in Oman. The Capital Market Authority (CMA) also announced its approval to introduce Real Estate Investment Trust funds (REITs) in the Oman, which is seen as “a good vehicle that promises to bring liquidity into the real estate market and encourage developers to come up with different real estate products for investors,” Al Lawati says.
Oman’s biggest and most specialized event for the building and construction industry, The BIG Show, was recently relaunched under the new brand Oman Design & Build Week in a move to engage more industry stakeholders and provide wider commerce and investment opportunities to local and international companies and individuals relating to the sector.
The launch of Oman Design & Build Week by Omanexpo comes at a propitious time when the sector is gaining stead with the rise in the number of multi-billion projects on the back of the recent oil price recovery. Construction projects account for the biggest segment of Oman’s projects market by value. Currently, it is the second largest driver of non-oil growth, playing a key role in Oman’s economy.
Tarek Ali, Business Development Manager, Omanexpo, says “We are excited about the evolving opportunities resulting from these projects, as they are greatly impacting building and construction requirements and fast-tracking construction activities. This has urged us to tap more vital segments that will represent all of the key sectors within the industry, which will in turn, expand the product and service range and diversity of the exhibition offerings.”
From March 30 to April 1, 2020, the Oman Convention & Exhibition Centre will be the center of about 1,000 new and innovative products, services, equipment and technologies representing the building interiors and finishes, building envelope and special construction, building technology and automation, mechanical, electrical and plumbing (MEP), heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC), construction tools and materials, concrete and concrete-related products and plant, machinery and vehicles (PMV) sectors.
“We are seeing close to 300 exhibiting companies with 10 international pavilions represented by China, Germany, India, Iran, Italy, Jordan, Kuwait, Spain, Turkey and the UK. Alongside the exhibition, we have added dedicated free-to-attend CPD-, PMI- and AUD-certified seminars and workshops across three days, which will focus on topics such as Effective Leadership in Managing Engineering Projects, Sustainable Green Energy Management, and Building Simulations and Artificial Intelligence Management Systems, among others,” ” Ali adds.
To date, Oman Design & Build has in its sponsor and partner roster Bin Hayl Group, Al Khaleel Group, Salem Group and Techno, besides the participation of leading companies from Oman.
Oman Design & Build Week is co-located with the third Oman Real Estate Expo, which is supported by the Ministry of Housing and the Oman Real Estate Association (ORA).
Oman’s longest-running food and hospitality show opened its doors to trade visitors on Monday, October 14, at the Oman Convention & Exhibition Centre.
The 14th edition of the annual Food & Hospitality Oman was inaugurated by His Excellency Dr. Hamad bin Saeed Al-Awfi, Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries, and graced by a VIP entourage headed by SABCO Group of Companies member Sayyid Nasr bin Badr Al Busaidi, diplomatic corps members, high ranking government representatives and officials, and top executives of food and hospitality companies.
This year, organizer Omanexpo has introduced a raft of new features such as the Waiters’ Race and Bedmaking Competition in its bid to open up more avenues and opportunities for the entire hospitality supply chain. Also for the first time, a live cooking demonstration of the traditional Omani halwa will be presented by Al Hosni Omani Sweets alongside a display of its most popular sweets. The event will also play host to 2018 World Barista Champion Agnieszka Rojes, who will display her world-class coffee making and brewing skills through demonstrations on the last day.
This is apart from its already-established Oman Barista Competition, Battle of the Burgers, and its signature Professional Chefs Competition, which will place the skills and expertise of amateur and professional cooks alike, chefs and baristas under the scrutiny of top industry judges.
For three days, the popular trade event will be a showcase of about 600 local and international brands from leading exporters of food and hospitality products, services and equipment. The brands, representing 21 exhibiting countries, cover the entire gamut of the food and hospitality sector, with products and services relating to food products, beverages, agriculture and fisheries, ingredients and seasoning, catering and kitchen equipment, packaging systems, resort and spa facilities, hotel décor, hotel and hospitality technologies, HORECA furniture and services, and food processing technologies.
Highlighting the exhibition are the national pavilions of India, Iran, Pakistan, Indonesia Vietnam and South Africa as well as a dedicated Omani products pavilion featuring the leading food brands in Oman.
A free-to-attend conference on food safety will provide relevant insights and current information by key industry players and experts. Food and Hospitality Oman’s partner and supporter lineup includes Omani Products, Madayn, Riyada (Public Authority for Small and Medium Enterprises Development), Oman Chefs Guild, India Trade Promotion Organization (ITPO), Department of Trade and Industry (South Africa), Pakistan Embassy, Indonesia Embassy, Welbilt, Trade Links and Services, McCain, Oman Tourism College, Areej Vegetable Oils & Derivatives, Paramount Food Service Equipment Solutions, La Marquise International, Renaissance and National Hospitality Institute.
Oman’s largest healthcare and medical event organized by biggest exhibitions and conferences organizer Omanexpo, opened on Monday at the Oman Convention & Exhibition Centre under the auspices of the His Excellency Sayyid Dr. Sultan bin Yarub Al Busaidi, Advisor to the Ministry of Health for Health Affairs.
Oman Health Exhibition & Conference, recognized as the flagship health and medical event in Oman now on its ninth edition, will run from September 23 to 25. This year, the show will once again offer fresh business and networking opportunities by presenting close to 100 participating companies from China, Czech Republic, France, Germany, India, Iran, Lebanon, Malaysia, Oman, Pakistan, Slovakia, South Korea, Thailand, Turkey and the United Arab Emirates.
An exhibit of the latest medical products, equipment and technology, medical disposables and consumables, personal care products, diagnostic and laboratory equipment, instruments and services, pharmaceutical products, ayurvedic services and centers, physiotherapy and orthopaedic technology that range from eye care, skin care, cosmetic to infertility treatment consultancy will provide an anticipated 5,000 visitors with the opportunity to learn and see firsthand what are available to them.
Highlighting the exhibition is the India pavilion, with more than 40 companies representing various health and medical segments and hospitals and healthcare centers. The Iran pavilion equally offers several health and medical treatments and services.
The associated free-to-attend three-day conference sessions will be presented by a qualified lineup of highly esteemed health and medical experts, who will discuss the health workforce and safe practice environment, human resources in health, health labor market trends and dynamics, patient safety, risk and performance management. The two-day workshops designed or medical specialists will also be a free-to-attend affair. The sessions are accredited by the Oman Specialty Board (OMSB).
The organizers have also ensured a more worthwhile visitor experience by offering free medical consultations with specialists from some of the biggest clinics, hospitals and healthcare providers in Germany, Iran, India, UAE, Thailand, Malaysia and Turkey.
Business-to-business meetings are also happening alongside the main sphere of action.
Ahmed Sayed, Exhibition Director, Oman Health Expo, comments “The valuable support of the Ministry of Health since the show’s launch in 2009, has been fundamental to its continued success in terms helping us push forward the government’s initiatives for its Health Vision 2050. It has also been critical to the engagement, increased involvement and participation of segments of the health and medical sector, both locally and internationally.”
Oman Health Exhibition & Conference has enlisted the support of Khimji Ramdas-Health and Medical Infrastructure, Aster Hospitals, Capital Market Authority, Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry, and the Directorate Medical Technologies, Ministry of Health.
The 2019 edition of Oman Energy & Water Conference & Exhibition, Oman’s biggest annual event for the energy and water sector, will be the most comprehensive yet, welcoming 160 local and international companies from 15 countries—Czech Republic, France, Germany, India, Iran, Italy, Netherlands, Oman, South Korea, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom and the USA—and featuring the national pavilions of Netherlands, Turkey, United Kingdom and the US.
Oman Energy & Water Conference & Exhibition, organized by Diam-Public Authority for Water and Omanexpo, was officially opened by His Highness Sayyid Kamil bin Fahad bin Mahmood Al Said, Assistant Secretary General for Cabinet Affairs of the Deputy Prime Minister for the Council of Ministers on Monday at the Oman Convention & Exhibition Centre.
The flagship event brings in an expanded technical conference, segmented into Oman Power, Oman Water and Wastewater and Oman Solar Forum, the latter organized in partnership with global association Joint Forces for Solar, with over 40 esteemed speakers presenting insights, best practices, issues, solutions, and case studies. “These dedicated forums will ensure that sectors will tap the right and representative stakeholders and serve as strategic platforms for companies from these sectors,” says Ahmed Sayed, exhibition director, Oman Energy & Water Conference and Exhibition.
Some of the topics to be presented revolve around Oman’s power sector structure and policies, digitalization, efficiency and operational excellence in the water and wastewater sectors, climate change impact on water resources, solar energy market update and outlook, critical factors to maintain sustainable solar market growth, and more.
To enrich the exhibitor and visitor experience, organizers have set up an online business matchmaking platform that allows fast and convenient access to information about participating companies, products, services and company recommendations.
Sayed remarks “We are delighted to work with Diam-PAEW once again as we continue to increase our efforts to contribute to the expansion of Oman’s power and water sector to meet demand and the emerging solar market. Along with these are our commitment to present a credible platform for companies to launch or showcase their product or service offerings to the market and provide opportunities for existing and potential businesses.”
Oman Energy & Water Conference & Exhibition is organized against a backdrop of massive power, water and wastewater projects and the government’s major shift to renewable energy energy and tap the potential of Oman’s solar and wind resources.
Sponsors and partners of the event include Nama, Haya Water, Majis Industrial Services, Vanguard Engineering & Oilfield Services, National Electricity & Energy Center. Supporting associations include Middle East Solar Industry Association, UL, OSGP Alliance, Independent Power Producers Forum (IPPF), POMSAD, Oman Water Society, Gunder, Oman Solar Forum and the Embassy of Netherlands.