Strategic partnership opportunities with GCC’s downstream companies are now open

GDA 24The GDA International Downstream Conference and Exhibition, launched by the Gulf Downstream Association (GDA), is set to be held from 23-25 October at the Bahrain International Exhibition & Convention Centre in Manama

Under the patronage of Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa, prime minister of Bahrain, the theme of GDA International Downstream Conference and Exhibition is “Towards a Competitive Downstream through Innovation, Collaboration and Technology.” Under the chairmanship of Suleman A Al-Bargan, vice-president, Domestic Refining and NGL Fractionation, Saudi Aramco, the conference expects to host 4500 attendees and 150 exhibitors, all with the sole purpose of strengthening the downstream industry and capitalising on the available opportunities.


Sponsorship at the GDA conference 2018 offers inclusion of the company name in all marketing collaterals, use of GDA conference 2018 logo, visibility and prominence of the logo in event newsletters, prominent logo branding and link to the company website. 

Also included is the pre-event access to delegate list, identification with logo on the exhibition maps and complimentary raw exhibition space. Moreover, each sponsor will be branded exclusively on a function, an area or an item to be selected from the list of exclusive benefits. Additionally, complimentary passes and POKEN, a cloud-based interactive exhibition platform, are issued to the delegates of the sponsoring organisation.

Host sponsors of the event include Saudi Aramco, KPC and BAPCO. Current sponsors of the conference are YASREF, Advanced Refining Technologies (ART), Honeywell UOP, Saudi Aramco Base Oil Company LUBEREF, SAMREF, SASREF, SATORP, Shell Criterion Catalyst, Yokogawa, Axens, Jacobs, KBR, Stratas Advisors, WOOD. Academic Partner is KAUST. Strategic Partner includes EDB Bahrain. 


There are over 150 exhibitors expected at the conference. Exhibition space includes a fully equipped stand, aisle cleaning, pavilion security and listing and description in the Exhibition Catalogue and listing on the GDA Conference Website. The exhibition space also includes rear and side walls, carpet, fascia with company name, tables and chairs, storeroom with lockable door and electricity connection including one twin power socket and four spotlights. In addition to these benefits, there are innumerable marketing and branding related benefits.

Current exhibitors for the conference include: Advanced Refining Technologies – ART, Al Bilad catalyst Co. Ltd, Ashcroft Al Rushaid Instrument Co. Ltd, AXENS, AYTB - Al Yasr Industrial Contracting Co., BAPCO - Bahrain Petroleum Company B.S.C., Bilfinger Tebodin Middle East Ltd, Clock Spring Company, Daily Thermetrics, Dresser Al Rushaid Valve & Instrument Co. Ltd, Forum Arabia Limited, Gulf Industry, Haldor Topsoe, Heraeus Deutschland GMBH & Co. KG, Hanau, Honeywell UOP, IFP Training, Ingress Partners, Inmasteel Fabricators Co.Ltd, ITP, Jacobs, Kellogg Brown & Root LLC, King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST), KNPC - Kuwait National Petroleum Corporation, KPC - Kuwait Petroleum Corporation, Luberef - Saudi Aramco Base Oil Company, Nickelhutte Aue Gmbh NHA, AUE, Oil Review Middle East, PAS Global, Rabigh Refining & Petrochemical Co. (Petro Rabigh), Premium Services Co. PSC, Protton Engineering, SAMREF, Samson Controls FZE, SASREF, Saudi Aramco, Shell Catalysts and Licensing Technology, Stratas Advisors, A Hart Energy Company, The Oil & Gas Year (TOGY), Titanium & Steel Manufacturing Co. Ltd - TSM Arabia, WOOD, YASREF and Yokogawa Middle East and Africa.


The event will be packed with high-level panel discussions such as future of fuel, future of energy, human capital efficiency, future of margins. Additionally, the conference provides a great networking opportunity with the expected participants. Companies from other regions of the country can become valuable resources for referrals and bestpractices. Striving towards excellence, this forum aims at engaging regional & international stakeholders across the business, academia and technology providers to capitalise on investment, innovation and growth. The conference is the best place to meet industry suppliers in order to learn more about the current business climate, discover innovative products and services to stay competitive in the market. It is the ideal setting to network and build relations.

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GDA is a non-profit organisation with the vision to catalyse the strong and sustainable growth of the downstream industry.

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