IADC Drilling Middle East 2021 Conference & Exhibition


Although the Middle East market has remained resilient through the downturn, this region continues to face challenges around workforce development, drilling efficiency, safety and security, and equipment maintenance.
The 2021 IADC Drilling Middle East Conference & Exhibition will bring together industry leaders and drilling professionals to discuss such challenges and share best practices. Cutting-edge technology advances, including drilling automation, will be featured, as will case studies of relevant technical achievements. The premier event also will highlight evolving approaches to safety and training, providing practical information on new tools and processes that can be used to improve HSE performance.

StartDecember 13, 2021EndDecember 14, 2021
CityAbu Dhabi
CountryUnited Arab Emirates
Marriott Hotel Downtown Abu Dhabi

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Registrants by Job Title

  • Management
  • Geologist/Geophysicist
  • Quality, Health, Safety & Environment
  • Library/Miscellaneous
  • Training/Education
  • Company Owner/Corporate Officer
  • Completion Engineer
  • Student
  • Drilling Engineer
  • Drilling & Completion Engineer








Registrants by Location

  • Registrants

Registrants by Company Type

  • Equipment Manufacturer
  • Land Drilling Contractor
  • Land/Offshore Drilling Contractor
  • Major Oil Producer
  • Trade/Professional Association
  • Offshore Drilling Contractor
  • Oilfield Service/Consultant
  • Government
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Venue & Hotel

Marriott Hotel Downtown Abu Dhabi, UAE - Booking.com

Marriott Hotel Downtown Abu Dhabi

Address Sheikh Rashid Bin Saeed St – Al Tibbiya W13-01 – Abu Dhabi, UAE
Phone +971 2 304 7777
Marriott Hotel Downtown Abu Dhabi

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Venue Details

Sheikh Rashid Bin Saeed St - Al Tibbiya, Abu Dhabi, UAE

Registration Information

As industry continues to navigate the challenges of the ongoing pandemic, IADC will tailor its 2021 conferences to better serve its members and their guests. For the 2021 conference line-up, IADC will offer two ways to attend – both in-person and virtual attendance options. Conference registration will be structured for these options. IADC will resume its member/non-member registration pricing for the 2022 conferences.

  • Registration fee: In-person: $950, Virtual: $808*      *Use PDF form to register virtual attendee.  
  • Employees of federal regulatory agencies may be eligible for a 50% discount on conference registration.
  • Speakers, sponsors and guests are not eligible for online registration.
    (Please contact europe@iadc.org to obtain the correct registration form)
  • In order to receive a letter of invitation, IADC requires payment via Wire Transfer. The wire transfer information is included on the registration form.
    (Complete the Conference Registration Form PDF above)
  • No refunds will be made for cancellations 30 days prior to the conference date.

Press Policy

Complimentary press registration is limited to one (1) person per company. This individual must be a titled editor, writer, reporter or other bona fide editorial representative of a legitimate industry or consumer publication. Publishers and sales and marketing specialists are excluded from this complimentary registration practice and must pay the full conference registration fee to attend an event.

Need Help? Europe@iadc.org / + 31.24.675.2252

Call for Abstracts (Deadline: 24 May)

Join us for the IADC Drilling Middle East 2021 Conference & Exhibition which will take place on 13-14 December at the Marriott Hotel Downtown in Abu Dhabi. This conference is designed to be the premier event in the Middle East for drilling professionals including; engineering, management, operational personnel and young professionals and is aimed to catalyze improvement in drilling industry performance.

It will bring together industry leaders and drilling professionals to discuss challenges and share best practices. Cutting-edge technology advances, including drilling automation, will be featured, as will case studies of relevant technical achievements. This premier event also will highlight evolving approaches to safety and training, providing practical information on new tools and processes that can be used to improve HSE performance.

IADC Drilling Middle East 2021 will focus on real challenges facing the drilling industry today and those that will ultimately shape the industry in the future.

IADC invites submission of abstracts for new and practical solutions aimed toward improving industry performance. Presentations that focus on lessons learned and how those lessons point toward a way forward will be particularly valued — how the lessons of yesterday and today can produce a vision for tomorrow. Also, presentations that pose provocative questions to promote earnest discussion are especially welcome.

General subject themes envisioned for the event include the following:

Longer Term Industry Challenges

  • Reducing the operational impact on the environment – lessons learned
  • Preparing for future global events (another pandemic?)
  • Characteristics of a sustainable drilling industry
  • Drilling in the public eye
  • Climate change
  • Reaching carbon neutral

Near Term Market Challenges

  • Operator/contractor partnership
  • Project planning, implementation and development
  • Globalization: Learn from other company experiences
  • Regional supplies, repairs and services
  • Regional economic and political drivers
  • VAT, IKTVA and other tax related issues, current impact and future implications.

Quality Health, Safety, Security & Environment

  • Adherence to HSE policies and procedure
  • Case histories
  • Pandemic preparedness
  • Process safety
  • Regional challenges – driving incidents
  • Local compliance & legal issues
  • Regulatory compliance & impact
  • Environmental regulations & best practices
  • Regionalization – what impact does regionalization have on HSE?
  • Movement of people, crew change

Human Resources

  • Nationalization/localization of workforce
  • Diversity
  • Young leaders
  • Developing, managing and retaining competency
  • Learning for the future
  • Knowledge Transfer Process
  • Hands-on process assurance (OJT) and result measurements
  • Dealing with difficult people
  • Utilizing “about to retire” or “retired” expertise
  • Human factors

Technology & Innovation

  • Re-starting rigs
  • PLC control systems integration on rigs
  • Challenges automation, mechanization and big data
  • Software to identify trends
  • Risk management solutions well control
  • Drilling & completions challenges
  • Managed pressure drilling
  • Assurance of technical integrity of assets
  • Cyber security
  • Artificial intelligence & Machine Learning
  • New techniques that reduce costs
  • OEM versus Non-OEM
  • Unconventional Wells – Well Control
  • Drilling Problems – Stuck pipe Incident, well control
  • Advanced Well Control why? Comparison between the current and the advances

Authors are invited to submit proposals for presentations at the conference. Authors of selected presentations may be asked to participate in panel discussions.

For consideration, an abstract for each proposed paper must be submitted to IADC no later than 24 May 2021. Authors of abstracts selected will receive confirmation letters and guidelines by 1st of July. Please note that additional papers will be accepted and published in the proceedings but are not required for presentation at this conference. Prior to abstract proposal submission, management clearance must be obtained. Any issues concerning clearance should be outlined when the abstract proposal is submitted.

We look forward to your participation and hope to see you at this important event!

Conference Program Committee

  • Ahmed Abdelhady, Shelf Drilling
  • Walid Abed, Baker Hughes
  • Said Abdullah Al Mahrooqi, Petroleum Development Oman
  • Abdullah S. Al Marri, Saudi Aramco
  • Ghassan Al Muhanna, Bahrain Petroleum Company
  • Salman Ansari, Sakson Drilling & Oil Services DMCC
  • Wayne Bauer, Vantage Drilling
  • Gary Castell, Sparrows
  • Peter Cunnion, Northern Offshore Drilling
  • Raymond Dunn, Noble Corporation
  • Mike Edmonson, National Services and Drilling Company
  • Mohammad Eljaber, NOV
  • Salaheddin Elkatatny, King Fahd University of Petroleum & Minerals
  • Joey Husband, Nabors Drilling
  • Marije van Koolwijk, DNO Technical Services
  • Norman Lentsch, Pason Systems
  • Nick McBride, ARO Drilling
  • Rob Munger, BP
  • Mike Simpson, Cansco
  • Mike Strauss, Ensign Energy Services
  • Salaheddin Turki, ADNOC Drilling
  • Atilla Vasvary, H&P IDC
  • Kees van de Vrede, Dubai Petroleum
  • Mike DuBose, IADC
  • Hisham Zebian, IADC

Exhibition Information

Cost for the 3 x 2 meter Table Top Space + 2 complimentary registration is US $ 3.000.

The space will be set with a skirted table, two chairs and access to electricity. With the space, you receive 2 complimentary conference registration and up to 2 additional registrations at half price (US $ 950).

Exhibitions at IADC events will be limited to showcasing products and services that advance technology, competency or HSE. Exhibitions centered on recruitment or employment should not take space at IADC events. IADC Exhibitions will solely be visited by conference attendees. Non-conference attendees are not allowed to enter the exhibition area.

For more information and exhibition bookings please contact us at europe@iadc.org or phone: +31.24.675.2252.
Reservations can be made by completing the letter of agreement and returning it by e-mail: europe@iadc.org.

Exhibition space is being allocated on a first come, first served basis!


There are four levels of sponsoring: Diamond sponsors, Platinum Sponsors, Gold Sponsors, and Silver Sponsors. Event sponsorships are also available and will be categorized by monetary contribution with the appropriate level of sponsorship. Please find the benefits of the sponsor packages below. The conference sponsor will receive high profile recognition before, during and after the conference.

*Comps refer to number of complimentary registration

Note: no refunds for cancellations of sponsorships will be issued.

For more information and sponsor bookings please contact us at europe@iadc.org or phone: +31.24.675.2252

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