Press Release

Oman’s Biggest Oil and Gas Event from March 9

Muscat, Oman, 16 February 2020

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.

Oman Design & Build Week expands its building, technology and automation segment

Muscat, Oman, 2 February 2020

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).

Omanexpo Continues to Invest in its Customers

Muscat, Oman, 20 January 2020

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.

The Last Word: Ashley Roberts- The Future of Exhibitions in the Middle East

London, UK, Exhibition News Magazine, December 2019

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.

Oman Design & Build Week to offer new market opportunities in Oman’s construction sector

Muscat, Oman, 1 December 2019

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).

Omanexpo and ORA Announce the Dates for the 3rd Oman Real Estate Exhibition & Conference 2020

Muscat, Oman, 15 October 2019

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.

The 14th Food & Hospitality Oman show opens

Muscat, Oman, 14 October 2019

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 show opens at the Oman Convention & Exhibition Centre

Muscat, Oman, 23 September 2019

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.

Biggest Energy and Water Conference and Exhibition opens at OCEC

Muscat, Oman, 22 April 2019

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.