Omanexpo has announced an agreed decision by all major stakeholders to postpone its flagship event, Oman Petroleum & Energy Show (OPES) in light of the growing difficulties of international travel due to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak
Oman Petroleum & Energy Show (OPES), Oman’s biggest oil and gas event and one of the most important in the Middle East region, will now be held from the 14-16 September 2020 at the Oman Convention & Exhibition Centre, six months after the originally planned 9-11 March.
This proactive move is supported by the Ministry of Health, the Ministry of Oil and Gas, and the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE).
Ashley Roberts, portfolio director and acting general manager of Omanexpo, commented, “We have been having regular dialogue with the Ministry of Health, Oman, as well as the Ministry of Oil and Gas, Oman in relation to COVID-19. We as organisers must commend the way that the COVID-19 situation is being very competently controlled in Oman. We must be conscious that many organisations within our community are currently facing difficulties travelling around the world. It is for these travel reasons that OPES will be postponed in 2020.
“While we realise that the change in dates may amount to some inconvenience for companies it is paramount to put the health of those due to visit OPES 2020, and the wider population of Oman, at the centre of this decision. The outbreak of COVID-19 is a situation affecting the globe and it is having an unprecedented impact on businesses around the world, events, are of course part of this due to nature of the large gathering of people that they represent.”
“We believe that the postponement allows for the event to be fully inclusive and it will likely be even better for the communities that they serve,” he concluded.