Middle East Regional Update and Strategy Meeting 2017

12 November 2017

Location: Marriott Hotel Downtown, Abu Dhabi


The Royal Norwegian Embassy in Abu Dhabi, Innovation Norway and Norwegian Energy Partners are hosting a dialogue meeting to discuss business opportunities and challenges in the Middle East.

The Middle East offers vast business opportunities in many sectors. How can Norwegian companies position themselves for these opportunities? And how can we bridge challenges in the various Middle East markets? What role can Embassies, Innovation Norway and Norwegian Energy Partners play?


The meeting coincides with the ADIPEC exhibition and conference (13-16 Nov). Focus will be on, but not limited to, the oil & gas sector in the GCC region and Iran.




15:30     Opening

by Ambassador Jens Eikaas, Abu Dhabi


15:40     Short regional updates from Tehran and Riyadh

Ambassador Lars Nordrum (Teheran) and Ambassador Øyvind Stokke (Riyadh)

16:00     Q&A

16:20     Opportunities in the oil & gas sector

Panel discussion moderated by Werner Karlsson, Regional Director, Norwegian Energy Partners

17:00     Break

17:15     DNV GL’s report “Energy Transition Outlook (ETO)” in a Middle East context

                Liv Hovem, CEO, Oil & Gas Business Area, DNV GL

17:35     Business opportunities outside the oil and gas sector

Ole Johan Sandvær, Regional Director Middle East & Africa, Innovation Norway

17:50     Norwegian companies share their experiences and views on opportunities and challenges operating in the Middle East and on what role “Team Norway” can play.

Short pitches followed by a panel discussion, moderated by Ambassador Lars Nordrum

Participating companies; Statoil, DNV GL, Wilh. Wilhelmsen, other (tbc)

18:40     Short presentations of Norwegian business councils in the region

18:50     Summary

by Ambassador Øyvind Stokke

19:00     Informal buffet dinner



RSVP to alaa.elhag@mfa.no

by 7 November 2017 on a first come first served basis due to limited seating