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PetroForum Dubai 2013 - 10-11 September 2013, Dubai
The first PetroForum for the Middle East Region delivers great results.
Over 135 delegates from 80 organisations around the world came together at the Park Hyatt in Dubai for two days of meetings and networking. The broad consensus was that face-to-face meetings are still the best way to do business and nurture relationships.
“PetroForum Dubai was extremely beneficial; the format was brilliantly designed to enable us to get as much as we needed, where we needed.” A.Redha Nowrooz, Planning & Development Engineer, Bahrain Petroleum Company
Mouza Al Shehhi of ADNOC Distribution and Muhammad Farook Ayyub of Tas’helat Oil Marketing Company provided overviews of the retail landscapes in the UAE and Saudi Arabia respectively. An upbeat session from Lance Aird, Director of Retail Operations at ENOC then provided an insight into how the company successfully moved its Zoom C-Store brand from the forecourt to the high street. The conference was rounded off with a session from Ali Al Taher on AST Telecom’s innovative solutions for site automation and network management.
Two high-profile companies lent their weight as sponsors: The Hongyang Group from China as Gold Partner and local UAE Company, Coffee Planet as Silver Partner. Both companies used the opportunity to display the latest in fuel and coffee dispensing equipment.
A word from the attendees:
Walid Aboulnaga, Managing Director from Olive Media (a newcomer to the forum) “I had an incredible two days’ of meetings with key people from all across the region. All in all it was a great experience and well worth the investment.”
It was worthwhile meeting with the vendors to get a view of what offerings are out there. We have identified a few initiatives that we want to drive internally to Shoprite from what we have learnt at this forum.
Zaahir Gamieldien, Shoprite Checkers
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