Best of Hong Kong Showcase

The Hong Kong Jewelry Manufacturers’ Association (HKJMA) is bringing a 47 strong group of Hong Kong’s leading jewellery companies to Jewellery Arabia 2016 from 22 to 26 November at the Bahrain International Exhibition and Convention Centre.

HKJMA has been bringing groups to Jewellery Arabia since 1992 and views the exhibition as an important trade partner for the Middle East region. The pavilion is the most established national presence at the exhibition, and the second largest national pavilion after India.

The pavilion at the 25th edition of the exhibition will showcase the distinct jewellery making techniques of Hong Kong manufacturers and a unique fusion of Eastern and Western design influences.

“Jewellery Arabia is a very important gateway for Hong Kong jewellery manufacturers to enter the Middle East market,” said Kim Chan, a regular exhibitor from Akima Jewellery Limited.

“As the largest and most prestigious jewellery exhibition in the region, it has always been a major show for us. Jewellery Arabia increases brand awareness and opens our company to new markets. We are able to meet a wide range of customers from wholesalers to retail customers, from Bahrain and neighbouring countries such as Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Kuwait,” Chan continued.

The Hong Kong pavilion at Jewellery Arabia 2016 joins over 600 exhibitors from 30 countries.

Visit www.jewelleryarabia.com to learn more about Jewellery Arabia 2016.

Singapore SMEs Target Gulf Buyers at Jewellery Arabia 2016

A total of 9 Singaporean small and medium enterprises (SMEs) are set to participate within the Singapore pavilion at Jewellery Arabia 2016 from 22 – 26 November at the Bahrain International Exhibition and Convention Centre. Led by the Singapore Association of Small & Medium Enterprises (ASME), the pavilion is returning for the fourth consecutive year.

“ASME is delighted to be participating at Jewellery Arabia as it celebrates its 25th edition. The association is pleased to see steady growth in the number of exhibitors, national pavilions and show size year on year, as well as an increasing number of participants returning to join the Singapore pavilion,” said ASME Vice President, International Relations, V S Kumar.

“SMEs are very inclined to be part of the exhibition because they witness for themselves how Jewellery Arabia is an excellent platform for them to network and explore the Gulf market. From feedback we received from last year’s edition, Singapore exhibitors were able to meet over 300 business contacts and buyers,” he continued.

First time exhibitors are excited about taking part in Jewellery Arabia. Saagar Mehta, Director of Diastar Pte Ltd, a first-time participating company at the trade show, commented, “I believe Jewellery Arabia is a great platform for our brand to generate valuable business leads and raise awareness of our fine jewellery in the Middle East. Our aim is to showcase our exclusive collection of natural fancy colour jewellery to the Bahrain market.”

Returning exhibitors are also strongly supportive. Zen Zeng, Director of Royalking Jewellery Pte Ltd, a returning participating company, said, “Jewellery Arabia has always been a key trade show for us. From past experience, we had the opportunity to meet many new and existing clients to strengthen our business core. We will definitely continue to participate in future editions of the trade show under the Singapore pavilion.”

Highlighting the same sentiments, Anita Yip, Business Development Executive of Taka Jewellery Pte Ltd, a returning participating company, said, “Apart from regular customers at the event, we observed that there is a steady increase of new customers as well. We believe Jewellery Arabia is an excellent platform to boost Taka Jewellery’s brand awareness to the Middle East market, allowing us to showcase our curated jewellery designs at good prices.”

ASME is a champion of enterprise and strongly supports local SMEs in their efforts to internationalise. Shen Huizhen, ASME Manager, International Relations, said, “Jewellery Arabia is the best platform for Singapore’s jewellery manufacturers to reach out to clients in the Middle East, one of the fastest-growing economic regions. We hope to expand the Singapore pavilion further by bringing more Singapore SMEs to enter the jewellery market in the Middle East. We are fully confident that Jewellery Arabia will continue to increase in scale and attract more quality visitors.”

Visit www.jewelleryarabia.com to learn more about Jewellery Arabia 2016.

India to Strengthen Middle East Jewellery & Gem Industry Trade Relations with 50 Strong Group at Jewellery Arabia 2016

The Gem & Jewellery Export Promotion Council (GJEPC), an apex body of India’s Ministry of Commerce and Industry, is bringing a 50 strong group of leading companies from the Indian gem and jewellery industry to Jewellery Arabia 2016 from 22 – 26 November at the Bahrain International Exhibition and Convention Centre. Occupying 750 square metres of space in hall 2, the pavilion will showcase exquisite local craftsmanship and a wide selection of high-end and fine diamond jewellery.

“The Middle East has emerged as a key leading market, accounting for $12.4 billion in 2015 (30%) of the total Indian gem and jewellery exports to the region. Indian manufacturers have an advantage as jewellery preferences and design sensibilities of the Middle East are very similar to that of India. Over the years there has been a substantial demand for Indian designed products. Jewellery Arabia gives us the perfect opportunity to further improve our trade with the region,” said GJEPC chairman Praveenshankar Pandya.

Participating for the 13th consecutive year, the India pavilion will feature high-end diamond jewellery, gold and platinum jewellery, fine jewellery, loose diamonds, studded gold jewellery, designer handmade jewellery, bridal jewellery and exclusive pieces. Catering to the tastes of the Middle East market, Indian participants will focus on jewellery with colour stones, sapphires, emeralds, rubies and solitaire diamonds. Diamond jewellery in palladium and platinum and in different settings will also be showcased.

“The Middle East has remained one of the key focus areas for India and we will continue to put our concerted efforts to increase gem and jewellery trade in this region,” added Praveenshankar Pandya.

Visit www.jewelleryarabia.com to learn more about Jewellery Arabia 2016.

Thailand Pavilion Continues Success in Style at Jewellery Arabia 2016

The Thai Business Council – Dubai and Northern Emirates of UAE (TBC) and Thai Manufacturers & Exporters Association (TEMA) in cooperation with Vega Intertrade & Exhibitions are returning to Jewellery Arabia with a new edition of the Thailand pavilion from 22 to 26 November 2016 at the Bahrain International Exhibition and Convention Centre. The Thailand pavilion will be presented under the theme “Ploi Thai Gems & Jewellery from Thailand” and features over 20 famous gem and jewellery companies from Thailand.

The Thailand pavilion is well-known to those who seek top quality gems and jewellery. In 2016 it promises to impress visitors with a wide range and fine collections in new, dazzling styles. The Kingdom is well known for its high quality natural gemstone resources including diamonds, rubies, sapphires and other colour gemstones which are branded “Ploi Thai” to guarantee their exquisite features. With such brilliant materials, Thai artisans draw on ancient knowledge and skills to create distinguished collections of jewelleries.

The presence of the Thailand pavilion for the third consecutive year at Jewellery Arabia reflects the great potential and the growing market for Thai jewellery in the Middle East. It is also expected to establish strong connections between regional traders and Thailand’s gems and jewellery market.

A new highlight at the pavilion this year is the presence of The Gem and Jewelry Institute of Thailand (GIT), one of the world’s best gemmological labs. GIT will provide visitors with lab services and share knowledge with those seeking trustworthy information about gems and jewellery.

Visit www.jewelleryarabia.com to learn more about Jewellery Arabia 2016.

Gem & Jewellery Education at Jewellery Arabia 2016 – GIA to Host Complimentary Visitor Seminars

The GIA (Gemological Institute of America), a world leader in gem and jewellery education, will conduct complimentary seminars during Jewellery Arabia 2016 from 22 – 26 November 2016 at the Bahrain International Exhibition and Convention Centre. GIA representatives will also be available in Meeting Room D, Hall 1 to discuss the Institute’s education opportunities and laboratory services.

GIA experts will offer attendees – ranging from the trade to consumers and connoisseurs – insights into the  different aspects of gems and jewellery through daily free to attend 45 minute seminars. As the creator of the famous 4Cs of diamond quality and the 7 Pearl Value FactorsTM, GIA is considered the world’s foremost authority in gemology. Seminar topics include diamond colour on the D-to-Z scale, fluorescence in diamonds, pearl history and its value factors, synthetic diamonds and ruby sources.

“GIA has been the education and laboratory provider for visitors of Jewellery Arabia since 2012,” said Nirupa Bhatt, Managing Director of GIA in India and Middle East. “This exhibition provides a great platform to spread awareness about gemological education.”

GIA conducts regular courses in major trade centres throughout the Gulf region including Bahrain, Dubai, Kuwait, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Turkey and the United Arab Emirates. The Institute’s courses focus on diamonds, coloured stones, pearls, jewellery design, retail and more. GIA’s intake station in Dubai offers grading services for diamonds, coloured stones and pearls to consumers and members of the trade across the Middle East.

For more information on GIA’s activities in the region, email edume@gia.edu / labindia@gia.edu, call +971 4 4470434, or visit www.giamideast.com.

Visit www.jewelleryarabia.com to learn more about Jewellery Arabia 2016.

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Meet the Region’s Downstream Thought Leaders at Petrotech 2016

Industry thought leaders will converge in Bahrain from Monday 26 September to discuss the sector outlook and review technological advancements at the largest gathering of downstream oil & gas professionals in the Middle East.

The 10th Middle East Refining and Petrochemicals Conference and Exhibition (Middle East Petrotech 2016) is expected to attract over 3,500 attendees over 4 days who will utilise the event to initiate new business, learn, benchmark and network with associates from across the globe.

Held from 26 – 29 September under the theme Teaming Up for Excellence: Industry, Government and Education, the event takes place under the patronage of His Royal Highness the Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Bahrain Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa.

The conference has secured an impressive line up of speakers, beginning with a pre-conference forum and the conference opening ceremony on 26 September at the Ritz Carlton, Bahrain Hotel & Spa.

The pre-conference forum will discuss the vital roles of industry, education and government across 3 sessions. Invited speakers include: Professor Jean M.J. Fréchet, Vice President of Research, King Abdullah University of Science and Technology; Dr. Jawaher Al-Mudhahki, CEO, the Bahrain National Authority for Qualifications & Quality Assurance
of Education and Training; Dr. Roy Blatchford, Advisor on Education Reform, Government of Bahrain; Abdulaziz Al Abdulkarim, VP Procurement &
Supply Chain Management, Saudi Aramco; Rebecca Liebert, President & CEO, Honeywell UOP; Jean Sentenac, Chairman and CEO, Axens; Emilio Lozoya Austin, Former CEO, Petróleos Mexicanos (Pemex) and Former Advisor to the President of Mexico; Lord David Howell of Guildford, Former UK Minister of Energy and writer on energy issues; and Dr. Ihsan A. Bu-Hulaiga, Principal Consultant, Joatha Business Development Consultants.

The conference opening ceremony will begin with welcome address from Bahrain’s Minister of Oil, H.E. Shaikh Mohammed bin Khalifa Al Khalifa and the Middle East Petrotech 2016 Chairman Bakheet Al-Rashidi. An executive plenary session will follow under theme The Economic Downturn and Its Effect on the Oil Downstream Industry with addresses from Amin H. Nasser, President and CEO, Saudi Aramco; Nizar Al-Adsani, CEO, Kuwait Petroleum Corporation; and H.R.H. Prince Faisal Bin Turki, Advisor, Saudi Arabia Ministry of Energy, Industry and Mineral Resources.

Over the next 3 days at the Bahrain International Exhibition and Convention Centre, the conference will feature 63 technical sessions with insights on case studies, best practices and industry advancements across 9 distinct tracks: operational excellence, plant reliability & integrity, project challenges, energy management, HSE & risk management, smart plant & technology, market intelligence, catalyst management and people development.

Daily keynote sessions led by presidents and CEOs further examining the roles of government, education and industry will also take place.

New for 2016, a series of ‘Meet the Experts’ sessions will provide delegates with the opportunity to meet, consult and learn from recognised authorities on 10 key topics. They include: hydrotreating process, instrumentations and analysers, fired heaters, reforming process, process safety, corrosion, hydrocrackers, rotating equipment, steam traps and FCC.

The packed agenda at Middle East Petrotech 2016 also includes 2 short courses, 2 workshops and the opportunity to sit a Certified Maintenance Reliability Professional (CMRP) Exam prior the conference on 25 September.

The Middle East Petrotech 2016 exhibition of refining and petrochemicals products and services showcases over 100 companies and runs from 27 – 29 September at the Bahrain International Exhibition and Convention Centre. 6,000 sqm is devoted to the latest technologies, new product launches and best industry services in the refining and petrochemicals industry. Regional giants, including Bapco, ADNOC, KNPC, Petro Rabigh, Saudi Aramco, Sadara Chemical Company, SAMREF (Saudi Aramco Mobil Refinery Company), SASREF (Saudi Aramco Shell Refinery), SATORP (Saudi Aramco Total Refining and Petrochemical Company) and YASREF (Yanbu Aramco Sinopec Refining Company) are taking flagship stands. International service industry majors will also have a strong presence at Middle East Petrotech 2016. A host of specialist companies consolidate this line up.

Visit: www.mepetrotech.com

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Petrotech 2016 Conference Programme Announced

A strong line up of speakers and an industry enriching 4-day programme of events have been revealed for the 10th Middle East Refining & Petrochemicals Conference and Exhibition (Middle East Petrotech 2016).

More than 3,500 refining and petrochemicals industry professionals from 30+ countries will converge in Bahrain from 26 – 29 September 2016 to network, learn and shape the future at the largest downstream oil event in the Middle East.

The Middle East Petrotech 2016 conference takes place under the theme ‘Teaming Up for Excellence: Industry, Government and Education.’ In challenging times for the energy sector in light of low oil prices, the Middle East Petrotech 2016 Chairman and President and CEO of Kuwait Petroleum International Bakheet Al-Rashidi says the event is a bright spot for the region and the industry alike, and an important opportunity to convene as it looks to the future.

“The conference theme ‘Teaming Up for Excellence: Industry, Government and Education’ is focused on the symbiosis between downstream oil professionals, government officials and those active in the education and training fields. Synergy between these sectors will lead to the advancement of the downstream industries through the maximisation and exploitation of resources, implementation of best practices and benchmarking utilisation,” Al-Rashidi said.

“Understanding the latest developments and trends in the global economy and future shifts in market dynamics is of vital importance. Top management and economists will discuss possible ways forward in an uncertain world at Middle East Petrotech 2016,” he continued.

Optimising the best return on assets will also be a focus of the conference, through energy conservation, new tools for the successful completion of projects, operational excellence and encouraging a culture of reliability and efficient turnaround maintenance.

Health, Safety and Environment will be showcased in a bid to encourage the creation of a culture of plant safety and environmental practices to help ensure a safer and healthier future for future generations.

The conference has secured an impressive line up of speakers, beginning with a pre-conference forum and the conference opening ceremony on 26 September at the Ritz Carlton, Bahrain Hotel & Spa.

The pre-conference forum will discuss the vital roles of industry, education and government across 3 sessions. Invited speakers include: Dr. Jean-Lou Chameau, President, King Abdullah University of Science and Technology; Dr. Jawaher Al-Mudhahki, CEO, the Bahrain National Authority for Qualifications & Quality Assurance
of Education and Training; Dr. Roy Blatchford, Advisor on Education Reform, Government of Bahrain; Majid Jafar, CEO, Crescent Petroleum; Abdulaziz Al Abdulkarim, VP Procurement &
Supply Chain Management, Saudi Aramco; Rebecca Liebert, President & CEO, Honeywell UOP; Jean Sentenac, Chairman and CEO, Axens; Atul Chandra, Board Member
and Former President, Reliance Industries; Nizar Al-Adsani, CEO, Kuwait Petroleum Corporation; Emilio Lozoya Austin, Former CEO, Petróleos Mexicanos (Pemex) and Former Advisor to the President of Mexico; H.E. Eng. Tarek El-Molla, Egyptian Minister of Petroleum & Mineral Resources; and Lord David Howell of Guildford, Former UK Minister of Energy and writer on energy issues.

The conference opening ceremony will begin with welcome address from Bahrain’s Minister of Oil, H.E. Shaikh Mohammed bin Khalifa bin Ahmed Al Khalifa and the Middle East Petrotech 2016 Chairman Bakheet Al-Rashidi. An executive plenary session will follow under theme ‘The Economic Downturn and Its Effect on the Oil Downstream Industry’ with addresses from Amin H. Nasser, President and CEO, Saudi Aramco; and H.R.H. Prince Faisal Bin Turki, Advisor, Saudi Arabia Ministry of Petroleum & Mineral Resources.

Over the next 3 days at the Bahrain International Exhibition and Convention Centre, the conference will feature 63 technical sessions with insights on case studies, best practices and industry advancements across 9 distinct tracks: operational excellence, plant reliability & integrity, project challenges, energy management, HSE & risk management, smart plant & technology, market intelligence, catalyst management and people development.

Daily keynote sessions led by presidents and CEOs further examining the roles of government, education and industry will also take place.

New for 2016, a series of ‘Meet the Experts’ sessions will provide delegates with the opportunity to meet, consult and learn from recognised authorities on 10 key topics. They include: hydrotreating process, instrumentations and analysers, fired heaters, reforming process, process safety, corrosion, hydrocrackers, rotating equipment, steam traps and FCC.

The packed agenda at Middle East Petrotech 2016 also includes 2 short courses, 2 workshops and the opportunity to sit a Certified Maintenance Reliability Professional (CMRP) Exam prior the conference on 25 September.

The Middle East Petrotech 2016 exhibition of refining and petrochemicals products and services showcases over 120 exhibitors and runs from 27 – 29 September at the Bahrain International Exhibition and Convention Centre. 6,000 sqm is devoted to the latest technologies, new product launches and best industry services in the refining and petrochemicals industry. Regional giants, including Bapco, ADNOC, KNPC, Petro Rabigh, Saudi Aramco, Sadara Chemical Company, SAMREF (Saudi Aramco Mobil Refinery Company), SASREF (Saudi Aramco Shell Refinery), SATORP (Saudi Aramco Total Refining and Petrochemical Company) and YASREF (Yanbu Aramco Sinopec Refining Company) are taking flagship stands. International service industry majors will also have a strong presence at Middle East Petrotech 2016. A host of specialist companies and national pavilions from Canada and Egypt consolidate this line up.

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Record Submissions for Petrotech 2016 Programme

A record number of paper submissions have been received for the 10th Middle East Refining & Petrochemicals Conference and Exhibition (Middle East Petrotech 2016) taking place from 26–29 September 2016 at the Bahrain International Exhibition and Convention Centre.

Plans for a content-rich 4 day conference are underway as the leading downstream event in the Middle East region celebrates its 10th edition. Held under the patronage of His Royal Highness the Prime Minister of Bahrain Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa, the event is organised by a committee of industry experts chaired by KPC and Saudi Aramco and Arabian Exhibition Management .

The conference committee received 340 submissions from 111 organisations and 24 countries, marking an increase of 70% on the previous edition of Petrotech in 2014. 63 papers have been selected by the committee to present during 21 technical sessions covering topics on operational excellence, reliability & integrity, project challenges, energy management, HSE, smart plants, market intelligence, catalyst management and people advancement.

A key highlight of the conference programme, the executive plenary session, will involve leading industry figures discussing the theme “Economic Downturn and Its Effect on the Oil Downstream Industry. Petrotech 2016 also offers 3 plenary sessions and 10 panel sessions discussing important matters relevant to today’s industry.

An enriching programme of pre-conference events including short courses and workshops are scheduled to take place on 25 and 26 September.

A three-day exhibition of oil and gas products and services will run parallel to the conference from 27 – 29 September. Set to feature over 100 exhibitors from 20 countries, the exhibition covers all areas of the downstream industry.

For further information, or to register to attend Middle East Petrotech 2016 visit www.mepetrotech.com 

MEOS 2017 Technical Programme Announced

A record number of paper submissions have been received for the 20th Middle East Oil & Gas Show and Conference (MEOS 2017) taking place from 6–9 March 2017 at the Bahrain International Exhibition and Convention Centre. Plans for a content-rich 4 day conference are underway as the largest and best attended technical event in the Middle East region celebrates its 20th anniversary. Held under the patronage of His Royal Highness the Prime Minister of Bahrain Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa, the event is organised by the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) and Arabian Exhibition Management (AEM).

The conference committee received over 1,700 submissions from 159 organisations and 51 countries, marking an increase of 35% from the previous edition of MEOS in 2015. 389 papers have been selected by the committee to present during 50 technical sessions covering topics on reservoir, production and facilities, exploration and appraisal, drilling and completions, project management, human resources, business models, and HSSE.

The conference co-chairman and Saudi Aramco’s chief petroleum engineer, Nabeel Alafaleg, said “We are thrilled to witness a new record high in submissions of high quality abstracts for MEOS 2017. This achievement solidifies the leading stature of MEOS as the oldest and most prestigious conference and exhibition in the region hosted in the Kingdom of Bahrain. I am confident that MEOS 2017 will surpass expectations of participants and attendees, offering high quality technical programmes, distinguished speakers, expert panelists and showcasing cutting-edge technology in the oil and gas industry.”

A key highlight of the conference programme, the executive plenary session, will involve leading industry figures discussing the conference theme “Transforming the Industry Through Innovation and Operational Excellence. MEOS also offers six panel sessions discussing important matters relevant to today’s industry: The Importance of Technology in the Current Environment, Localisation of the Industry, Challenges and Rewards, Value of Operational Excellence, Cyber Security: What is Our Understanding of a True Industrial Control Systems (ICS) Security and How Do We Apply It?, Energy Economics: What’s Next?, Academic/Vocational and Industry Collaboration: Are We Doing Enough?.

A three-day exhibition of oil and gas products and services will run parallel to the conference from 7–9 March. Set to feature over 200 exhibitors from 30 countries, the exhibition covers all areas of the upstream industry; including exploration, development, production, transportation, and processing of oil and natural gas.

“The last edition of MEOS in 2015 attracted over 8,000 oil and gas professionals. In 2017, MEOS will continue to provide the unique opportunity of sharing experiences and knowledge with the regional and global oil and gas community, and to be part of an ongoing transformation of our industry to meet current and future world energy,” said Faisal Al-Nughaimish, 2017 MEOS conference programme co-chairman and manager at the gas drilling engineering department in Saudi Aramco.

Deadline Extended for MEOS 2017 Call for Papers

The 20th Middle East Oil & Gas Show and Conference (MEOS 2017) returns from 6–9 March 2017 to the Bahrain International Exhibition and Convention Centre under the patronage of His Royal Highness Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa, the Prime Minister of Bahrain. Organised by the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) and Arabian Exhibition Management (AEM), MEOS continues to be a premier platform for sharing E&P knowledge and expertise in the region.

SPE as conference organiser, in collaboration with a programme committee of regional and international representatives, is soliciting high quality technical papers under the theme ‘Transforming the Industry Through Innovation and Operational Excellence’. Over 1,100 proposals from 114 organisations and 47 countries have been received to date.  Paper submissions are being accepted online until an extended deadline of 22 May 2016.

“We as an industry are entering a new age of transformation through innovative ways of finding and developing reserves. Operators and service companies are identifying opportunities to do more with less through operational excellence while evaluating the financial outcome of their significant investment. This conference will reflect on the importance of industry transformation, and will address it from many perspectives through panels with invited industry leaders, presentations and open discussions,” said Michael Bittar, 2017 MEOS conference programme co-chairman and Senior Director at Halliburton.

A three-day exhibition of oil and gas products and services will run parallel to the conference from 7–9 March. Set to feature over 200 exhibitors from 30 countries, the exhibition covers all areas of the upstream industry; including exploration, development, production, transportation, and processing of oil and natural gas.

“The last edition of MEOS in 2015 attracted over 8,000 oil and gas professionals. In 2017, MEOS will continue to provide the unique opportunity of sharing experiences and knowledge with the regional and global oil and gas community, and to be part of an ongoing transformation of our industry to meet current and future world energy,” said Faisal Al-Nughaimish, 2017 MEOS conference programme co-chairman and Manager at Saudi Aramco.

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