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Tenth Arab Energy Conference


Under the high patronage of HH Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, the President of the United Arab Emirates,The Tenth Arab Energy Conference will be convened in Abu Dhabi, UAE, during the period 21 – 23 December 2014. The theme of the Conference will be “Energy and Arab Cooperation.” Discussions will cover: Current developments in the oil and natural gas markets and their implications for Arab countries; investment requirements to develop the energy sector in Arab countries; energy, environment, and sustainable development. Discussions will also include energy resources; energy consumption and conservation in Arab Countries; Arab electricity interconnection; and technological developments and their implications for energy sector.


The Arab Energy Conference has the following objectives:

  • To establish an Arab institutional framework to review oil and energy issues in order to develop a Pan-Arab perspective.
  • To coordinate relations among Arab institutions concerned with energy and development.
  • To harmonize energy policies with development issues.
  • To investigate present and future Arab energy requirements and the means of meeting them.
  • To identify and assess energy resources existing in the Arab countries, and to coordinate and enhance efforts towards developing these resources.
  • To identify and evaluate the impact of international energy policies on the Arab countries.


The Conference will be chaired by
H.E. Suhail Mohamed Faraj Al Mazrouei,
Minister of Energy, UAE.

  • The Organization of Arab Petroleum Exporting Countries (OAPEC).
  • The Arab Fund for Economic and Social Development (AFESD).
  • The League of Arab States (LAS).
  • The Arab Industrial Development and Mining Organization (AIDMO).


The following committees are responsible for organizing the Conference:

  • The Higher Follow-up Committee, formed in accordance with a recommendation by the Second Arab Energy Conference to supervise the Conference. It is composed of the heads of the institutions sponsoring the Conference.
  • The Follow-up Sub-Committee, consists of heads of OAPEC and AFESD, who are responsible for organizing the Conference.
  • The Studies Committee, composed of senior representatives from OAPEC and AFESD, is responsible for supervising the progress and finalization of work with respect to the various preparatory phases of the country papers and studies to be submitted to the Conference. The Committee selects the topics for presentation, sets the terms of reference, proposes the speakers, and monitors the preparation of papers.

A joint team of specialists from OAPEC and AFESD was formed to undertake the duties of the Follow-up Sub-Committee and the Studies Committee. The team was commissioned with the tasks of preparing the 10th Arab Energy Conference’s framework, program, and proposing the themes and papers of the Round Tables and Technical Sessions. Also, a financial committee from both organizations was formed to follow up all financial issues related to the Conference.


The Conference participants include official delegates from the Arab countries, speakers invited by the Follow-up Committee, and other selected institutions and individuals involved in energy issues. Participation and attendance are restricted to those invited by the organizers of the Conference.


Arabic is the official language of the Conference. Simultaneous interpretation to and from English is provided.


I. Country Papers

These are prepared by Arab countries to review the state of oil and energy in each country, historical development and future prospects.

II. Background Papers for Panel Discussions

Three panel discussions will cover the following:

Current Developments in the Oil and Natural Gas Markets and their Implications for Energy Sector in Arab Countries.
Investment Requirements to Develop the Energy Sector In Arab Countries.
Energy, Environment, and Sustainable Development.

III. Research Papers

Fifteen research papers will be presented in four Technical Sessions on the following topics:

First Technical Session: Arab and Global Energy Resources: Reality and Expectations

Three technical papers will be presented during this session:

Arab and World Resources of Conventional and Unconventional Oil and Natural Gas.
Future of Nuclear Energy in Arab Countries.
Renewable Energy in Arab Countries.

Second Technical Session: Consumption and Conservation of Energy in the Arab Countries.

Four technical papers will be presented during this session:

Energy Consumption Outlook in Arab Countries up to 2035.
Opportunities of Energy Conservation in Arab Countries.
Opportunities of Energy Conservation in the Petroleum Downstream Industry in Arab Countries.
The potential for Energy Conservation in the Electricity Generation Sector in Arab Countries.

Third Technical Session: Arab Electricity Interconnection

Four technical papers will be presented during this session:

Developments in Arab Electricity Interconnection.
Feasibility Study of the Electrical and Natural Gas Interconnections for Energy Trading Among Arab Countries.
Electrical Interconnection Among GCC Countries.
Requirements for Developing Institutional & Legal Arrangements for Design Common Electricity Market for Arab Countries.

Fourth Technical Session: Technological Developments and their Implications for Energy Sector

Four technical papers will be presented during this session:

Technological Developments in Extracting Oil and Natural Gas from Unconventional Resources.
Heavy Oil Refining: Challenges and Opportunities.
Development of LNG Industry in Arab Countries.
Arab and Global Petrochemical Industry: Reality and Future Prospects.



The idea of convening an Arab Energy Conference was initiated with a resolution adopted by the Ministerial Council of the Organization of Arab Petroleum Exporting Countries (OAPEC) in May 1977. Ensuing consultations between OAPEC and the Arab Fund for Economic and Social Development (AFESD) led to an agreement that the two organizations jointly sponsor the Conference, thereby ensuring the representation of all Arab countries and underscoring the interrelationship between energy and development.


The First Arab Energy Conference was held in March 1979 in Abu-Dhabi, UAE, under the theme, “The Arab and Energy Issues.” After the Conference, contacts were carried out between the League of Arab States and OAPEC to incorporate the activities of the Arab Petroleum Congress, which had been convened by the Arab League since 1959, into those of the Arab Energy Conference. With this the Arab League became a sponsor of the Arab Energy Conference. It was also decided to include the Arab Industrial Development Organization (AIDO) as a co-sponsor of the Conference because of its interest in petrochemical industries.

The Second held in March 1982 in Doha, Qatar, under the theme “Energy for Development and Arab Economic Integration”, and the Arab Organization for Mineral Resources joined as a sponsor of the Conference.

The Third held in May 1985 in Algiers, Algeria under the theme “Energy and Arab Cooperation” which was adopted as a permanent theme.

The Fourth held in March 1988 in Baghdad, Iraq when it was decided to convene the Conference every four years (rather than three); hence the Fifth Conference was schedule to be held in Amman, Jordan in 1992.

Events witnessed by the Arab world in 1990 however led to the postponement of the Fifth Conference. It was later convened in Cairo, Egypt in May 1994.

In the meantime the merger of the Arab Organization for Mineral Resources and the Arab industrial Development Organization to form the Arab Industrial Development and Mining Organization (AIDMO) meant that the latter joined OAPEC, AFESD and the League of Arab States as a sponsor of the Conference.

The Sixth Conference was held in Damascus, Syria in May 1998. The Seventh in Cairo, Egypt in May 2002, the Eighth in Amman, Jordan in 2006, and the Ninth was held in Doha, Qatar in May 2010.

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