The future of energy in the region

As global economies start to recover, OPEC+ production begins to steadily increase and a bullish commodities market spurring talks of $100 a barrel once again, the future for oil is still unclear. As the industry looks to secure its place in a low-carbon economy, the road ahead is paved with uncertainty.

We are delighted to be returning to Dubai for our Middle East Executive Petroleum Conference (MEEPEC) in person this year, where we’ll be bringing you two days of essential content focussing on regional and global issues affecting the oil markets today and in the future. Hear from the region’s leading national and international oil companies, traders, analysts, banks and regulators to explore the challenges, opportunities, and future outlook for Middle East energy markets.

Day one of the conference will focus on the current state of the market, including macroeconomic and geopolitical factors affecting the industry, the shifting supply and demand balance in the region, and the evolution of benchmarks. Day two will be focusing on the future of energy in the Middle East, with a focus on finance and infrastructure, the energy transition, and future fuels including Hydrogen.

Who attends MEEPEC?

Part of the Executive Petroleum Conference family (including APPEC and GEPEC), this annual industry event brings together the most prestigious oil industry leaders from all over the world. Regular attendees include:

  • National and international oil companies
  • Senior traders, brokers and analysts
  • Key regulators, government officials and associations
  • Private banks, investment banks and financial advisors
  • Leading consultants and innovative solution providers


Tuesday, December 7, 2021
  • 09.00 AM Conference registration and networking breakfast 
  • 10.00 AM Chair's welcoming remarks
Session 1: Exploring the current state of play for global oil markets
  • 10.35 AM Setting the scene: a post-pandemic oil market • Examining a post-pandemic market, the race to net-zero, and embracing the new normal
    • How has the global supply/demand balance changed since the beginning of the pandemic?
    • Forward looking: outlook into 2022
  • 11.05 AM LEADERS PANEL: Global macroeconomic outlook: impact on the region • Economic recovery – how is this varying globally?
    • How has Biden’s presidency impacted the Middle East, and what might we expect in 2022?
    • Further geopolitical risk factors impacting the oil markets
        o Iran sanctions, oil volatility hotspots, oil cyber attacks
  • Session 2: Middle East supply and demand dynamics
    • 11:50 AM LEADERS PANEL Middle East supply: making sense of volatility • The shifting supply dynamics over the past 12 months
      • OPEC+ supply management: recent discussions, production quotas and future predictions
      • Competition hotspots: impact on Middle East supply dynamics
      • What does the future hold for crude?
    • 12.30 PM Networking Lunch
    • 13:40 PM LEADERS PANEL: Downstream outlook: the road to demand recovery • What are the key factors impacting crude demand today?
      • How have refiners adapted to demand losses as a result of the pandemic?
      • Middle East refinery expansion plans: disruptions, challenges and how this could impact demand in the long term
    Session 3: Trade flow evolution, pricing and benchmarks
    • 14:20 PM LEADERS PANEL: The Middle East as a commodities trading hub: exploring shifting trade dynamics • Shifting arbitrage trends and opportunities
      • Asia as a growing demand centre and impact on trade dynamics in the region
      • The Middle East’s mega-refineries: how will this impact trade flows globally?
      • Security of crude oil movements
    • 15:00 PM Networking break
    • 15:30 PM LEADERS PANEL: The evolution of oil benchmarks • The shifting dynamics of benchmarks and futures
          o The evolution of Middle East crude futures
      • Benchmark longevity & evolution beyond 2021
    • 16:00 PM LEADERS PANEL: The regions Gas and LNG landscape • Supply & demand outlook trends: how have the markets changed? • New infrastructure project developments and expansion plans
      • Is there a place for gas and LNG in the energy transition?
          o Gas as a transition fuel?
          o How has Hydrogen impacted the regions gas and LNG markets?
    • 16:40PM Future demand growth in petrochemicals • Petrochemicals: the future of oil?
      • The Middle East as a major player in the global petrochemicals market
          o Future growth plans
    • 17:10PM  Chairs closing remarks and drinks reception
Wednesday, December 8, 2021
  • 09:00 AM Conference registration and networking breakfast
  • 10:00 AM Chair's welcoming remarks
Session 4: The future of energy in the Middle East
  • 10.10 AM KEYNOTE ADDRESS: A sustainable vision for the region
  • 10.35 AM LEADERS PANEL: Where does the Middle East fit in a net-zero world? • How are the energy majors and national oil companies navigating the energy transition?
        o How is the energy transition impacting the region?
        o Will the Middle East be the last man standing?
    • How are global policy initiatives and regulations impacting the Middle East?
        o Takeaways from the COP26 summit     o Is the roadmap to net-zero realistic until oil demand also starts to decline?
  • 11.20 AM LEADERS PANEL: Decarbonising transport: how do we get there? • Shipping: is there more regulation expected?
        o Decarbonization: progress, challenges & opportunities     o Technological advances in the industry
    • Sustainable Aviation Fuel: the last frontier?
        o What are the key drivers for SAF?
        o Does the industry see SAF as the future of aviation fuel?
  • 12:00 PM Embracing a digital future: a new age of oil market analysis
  • 12:30 PM Networking lunch
  • 13:40 PM LEADERS PANEL: Future energy financing trends • ESG trends and the impact on financing the industry
    • The move away from oil by investors: besides ESG, what’s the rationale?
    • Where do investors see future opportunities?
  • 14.20 PM LEADERS PANEL: The Hydrogen hype: potential and growth opportunities • How is the region looking at the use of Hydrogen?
    • How do we see the Hydrogen markets developing?
    • Building a sustainable Hydrogen economy: from concept to reality
  • 15.00PM Chair’s closing remarks and close of conference


Ali Al-Janabi
Country Chair – Iraq & UAE, Shell
Ahmed A. Attiga
Chief Executive Officer, APICORP
Hatem Al-Mosa
Fahad M. Alturki
Vice President, Research, KAPSARC
Chris Midgley
Head of Global Analytics, S&P Global Platts
Andrew Laven
CCO, Sahara Energy
Andrea Lovato,
Senior Vice President, ACWA Power
Sara Vakhshouri,
President, SVB Energy International
Erik Becker,
Senior Manager Infrastructure Middle East, North Africa and Horn of Africa, International Finance Corporation
Edward Bell,
SSenior Director, Market Economics, Emirates NBD
Herman Wang,
Managing Editor, S&P Global Platts
Ahmed Mehdi,
Visiting Research Fellow, Oxford Institute for Energy Studies
Cornelius Matthes,
CEO, Dii Energy
Robert Boyd,
Assistant Director Aviation Environment and Sustainability, IATA
Robin Mills,
Chief Executive Officer, Qamar Energy
Chris Wood,
Chief Executive Officer, Savanara DMCC



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The S&P Global Platts Middle East Executive Petroleum Virtual Conference will take place in Dubai on December 7-8, 2021.

Early Bird Rate*
Register by October 28
Standard Rate*
Register by December 7

* Rates are in USD and are not inclusive of UAE VAT rate of 5%.

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We will provide face masks, hand sanitizing stations, personal sanitizing materials, contactless registration and encourage all participants to regularly wash and disinfect their hands.

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We request participants avoid physical contact, such as handshakes and embraces.

We will maintain a density of participants in line with local government guidelines.


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