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2018 MENA Energy Ministers & Officials
Confirmed to Attend:

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To view the full list of Global Ministers and C-Suite executives attending ADIPEC,
please click here.

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For more information on how to access the ADIPEC 2018 Strategic Conference package, please email Ms. Lucy Graham at:

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21st Annual Private VIP Board of Advisors Dinner at ADIPEC
Abu Dhabi, UAE

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This is an exclusive opportunity reserved for Bilateral Chamber members. For more information on Board Dinner sponsorship opportunities, please contact Lucy Graham at: 

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Thank You to our Esteemed Board Dinner Sponsors

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Opportunity to Meet with Egyptian Energy Decision-Makers

Business Briefing
Thursday, December 6, 2018
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM

In pursuit of its goal to become a regional energy leader, Egypt plans to invest $8 billion in upgrading its oil refineries and modernizing its petroleum ports. To help position U.S. companies to win the Ministry of Petroleum procurement contracts associated with these plans, the U.S. Trade and Development Agency is hosting the Egypt Refineries Modernization Reverse Trade Mission to introduce delegates to the design, manufacture, and operation of U.S. equipment, products and services that can advance Egypt’s energy sector goals.

As part of the visit, USTDA invites U.S. companies to a Business Briefing to learn about upcoming projects and procurements and to network with key decision-makers from Egypt.  

Delegate organizations include, but are not limited to:
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Potential Exports
  • Engineering, Procurement & Construction Management Services
  • Refining Equipment
  • Technology Solutions
  • Human Resource Management

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For more information, please email Ms. Celine Lowe at

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Education Insight Series:
Teachers Educating Across Cultures in Harmony

Leading U.S. Educators Prepare to Embark on TEACH 2018

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We are proud to present the 2018 TEACH Fellowship cohort consisting of ten passionate, highly accomplished U.S. classroom innovators and curriculum developers. These expert educators are in the vanguard of 21st-century knowledge transfer and represent academic institutions from ten different states across America.

During their active study tour across the Kingdom of Bahrain, they will encounter invaluable opportunities for hands-on collaboration with regional learning authorities and will be immersed in Bahrain's rich culture and heritage.

2018 TEACH Fellows

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Social Studies Specialist
Pearland Independent School District
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Library Media Specialist
Simpson Elementary School
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Social Science Teacher
Analy High School
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Social Studies Teacher
Barker Middle School
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STEM Coordinator & Biology Teacher
Dayton High School
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7th & 8th Grade Social Studies Teacher
Solon Middle School
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World History Teacher
South Caldwell High School
North Carolina
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8th Grade US History Gifted/Advanced
Independence Middle School
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Instructional Council Leader & Teacher
Desert Ridge Middle School
New Mexico
Ashlee Wilkinson Headshot for Cvent-01   Maranda Wilkinson
STEM Curriculum Specialist
Franklin County Board of Education

2018 TEACH Sponsored by: GPIC - 491x358

We invite you to stay apprised of our Fellows’ journey by following our TEACH Facebook and Twitter.

To learn more on sponsorship opportunities for the annual TEACH Fellowship,
contact us at


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artnership Insight Series: Arab Health

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In Partnership With:
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For more information on how to exhibit at the U.S. Pavilion or attend, contact us at:

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Leadership Insight Series: Oman
Duqm Calls Investment Forum

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On Thursday, October 11, 2018, the Bilateral Chamber, in partnership with the Special Economic Zone Authority of Duqm, Oman (SEZAD), held the Duqm Calls Investment Forum which convened a cadre of Houston's most impressive public and private-sector decision-makers to hear about the ample investment opportunities available in what is considered the largest special economic zone in the Middle East region.

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With over 55% of the area still left for future expansions, SEZAD is actively looking to partner with U.S. businesses. Many companies in the Houston region are already investing in the ports. Duqm offers many competitive advantages and incentives including but not limited to 100% freehold by foreigners, renewable tax exemption for up to 30 years, and 50-year renewable land usage. Duqm’s master plan has the city divided into several zones: petrochemical, shipping, tourism, and fishing, among others, which offer a wide number of business opportunities for U.S. investors.

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Ambassador Insight Series: Qatar

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On October 17, 2018, the Bilateral Chamber of Commerce and the US-Qatar Business Council hosted a special business luncheon featuring His Excellency Sheikh Meshal Bin Hamad Al Thani, Ambassador of the State of Qatar to the United States.

Ambassador Al Thani’s trip to Houston is part of the Gulf country’s effort to support long-term disaster recovery projects in the region. During his visit, His Excellency fulfilled Qatar’s pledge of donating $2.5 million each to Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner’s new Fund To Reduce Homelessness and to the reopening of the historic Riverside General Hospital.

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His Excellency Sheikh Meshal Bin Hamad Al Thani, Ambassador of the State of Qatar to the United States of America The Honorable Rodney Ellis, Commissioner, Harris County Precinct One

Program participants engaged directly with the Ambassador and received candid insight on the country's economic and development strategies. According to the U.S. Embassy in Doha, the U.S. continues to be Qatar’s largest foreign direct investor and largest trading partner, having exchanged more than $62 billion of goods and services in the past 20 years alone. Attendees included a number of executives representing U.S. stakeholders in Qatar such as McDermott, ExxonMobil, Houston Methodist, Halliburton, KBR, CHI St. Lukes, and Excelerate, among others.

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