As ADIPEC celebrated the 29th edition of the region’s largest oil & gas event, it did so by welcoming a very special guest, The Duke of York opened the second day of the business conference, toured the event in a visit that lasted four hours.
During this opening address, His Royal Highness highlighted the solidi and long standing relationship between the United Arab Emirates and the United Kingdom in oil and gas development and collaboration. The Duke of York spoke on the growing importance of platforms for energy dialogue and ADIPEC’s unique ability to work across the global energy spectrum.
An advocate for a diversified energy mix, much of His Royal Highness reinforced the importance of investing in the future through the cultivation of human capital. He added “I know Abu Dhabi is just as passionate about investing in its young people, as we are in the United Kingdom. It is these young people who will take up the challenges of meeting our future energy needs. I’m positive that the discussions you have here at ADIPEC will focus on the importance of encouraging young people in the region and elsewhere, to help the energy needs of the 21st century”
Following the address, The Duke of York toured the exhibition halls, he visited the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC) and spoke with the Director General His Excellency Abdulla Nasser AlSuwaidi, as well as the 2013 ADIPEC Chairman , Mr Mohammed Sahoo Alswaidi as well as visits to British Petroleum (BP) and the Abu Dhabi National Energy Company (TAQA). In addition, His Royal Highness took considerable time to tour the Scottish and United Kingdom pavilions, which comprised of many individual companies; he attracted a large crowd as he took time to chat to staff and visitors.
In recent years the British involvement in ADIPEC has grown year on year, with 69%growth in British companies attending ADIPEC during the past three editions of the event, in total more than 165 UK businesses too part in the 2013 event.
Article provided by ADIPEC, 2013