Dmg::energy, organizer of the Abu Dhabi International Petroleum Exhibition and Conference (ADIPEC), the largest oil and gas exhibition in the Middle East, will unveil a dedicated oil and gas museum at this year’s event.
Comprising exhibits loaned by local and multinational energy companies, the museum will be a chronological study of the UAE’s oil and gas industry, from its origins in Abu Dhabi in 1939 to the present day.
Kimon Alexandrou, ADIPEC Exhibitions Director at dmg::energy, said: “Abu Dhabi is estimated to have the world’s sixth largest oil reserves and daily oil production of around 2.6 million barrels. But despite the global importance of the emirate as an energy producer, no museum dedicated to the oil and gas industry in the UAE currently exists. Given ADIPEC’s standing as the region’s largest oil and gas event, the 15th exhibition is the ideal venue for such a fascinating and necessary historical record.”
Alexandrou said: “A great deal of documentation on the UAE’s oil and gas heritage already exists. Working with Abu Dhabi’s oil and gas subsidiaries and our partners in ADIPEC, our role will be to bring together as much of this priceless detail as we can – to educate both exhibition visitors and the local community about the industry’s transformative impact on UAE society and the significant role the UAE plays in meeting the world’s energy needs.”
The ADIPEC Oil and Gas Museum will comprise a wide variety of exhibits, many of them on public display for the first time, including archive photography, film, plans, engineering components and machinery, as well as the testimonies of former and present-day oil executives.
In addition, the museum will feature a tribute to the vision of the UAE’s founder, His Highness Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan.
Fareed Alsayed Abdullah, a senior vice president with Abu Dhabi Company for Onshore Oil Operations and joint curator of the museum, said: “The museum will be a temporary installation during the four days of ADIPEC but our aim is to develop its contents and scope into a significant community project over time. Working with other local and international energy companies and participants in ADIPEC, we aspire to tell the story of oil and gas in the UAE and wider region for the benefit of present and future generations.”
Held under the patronage of the President of the United Arab Emirates, His Highness Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the 15th edition of ADIPEC takes place from November 11-14 at Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Center.
Entry to the ADIPEC Oil and Gas Museum, occupying 500 square meters in one of the exhibition’s main indoor halls, will be free to all trade and public visitors registering to attend ADIPEC 2012.