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Oct-Nov 2014 Abu Dhabi in the RTW++ trip Part V

I always love coming back to the Emirates

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It was a bit of an ordeal to get to Abu Dhabi with a few extra stops in Kazakhstan including an overnight stay in an airport. You can only imagine my relief as we approached Dubai. The city is amazing and l often land at night. But this time we landed in daylight and it was neat to see the massive skyscrapers including the tallest one in the world. The approach was so nice that we got to do it twice with the pilot "going around" after we were only a few hundred feet off the ground. The second time was a charm however and I was soon on my way to Abu Dhabi in a cab. The variety of architecture is amazing. SPE had arranged a room for me at the Hyatt Capital Gate adjacent to where ADIPEC is held. The Abu Dhabi exhibition and conference is one of the major global oil shows. My first one was in 1990 and it has grown dramatically.

The map for this trip is interactive.

I spoke to a group of about 100 students along with volunteer mentors. they came from dozens of universities in fourteen countries in the region. This is proving to be one of the most enjoyable parts of my SPE role!

One of the booths at ADIPEC had this guy making Japanese candy "art" --- he made a Pikachu (ピカチュウ) for my grandsons. This is a Pokemon character in case you have been living on a planet without children for the past 15 years.



The students


A view of the excellent Hyatt hotel. It was great to meet so many of my good friends in the Middle East again.

At the ATCE I received the Public Service Award. Here are a few photos and the press release. I am glad to be home.


Nathan Meehan Receives Public Service Award from Society of Petroleum Engineers

Richardson, TX (11 November 2014) – The Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) recently honored Dr. D. Nathan Meehan with the SPE Public Service Award at SPE’s Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition held 27 through 29 October in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Meehan is Sr. Executive Advisor at Baker Hughes Inc.

Smooth flights all the way home and an on-time arrival. This has been a very long trip and I am glad to be home.

Dr. Nathan Meehan is a well-known and highly regarded member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers as well as many other energy industry organizations. However, what is not known, is his voluntary humanitarian activity and selfless efforts for those less fortunate. Meehan took a sabbatical, between August 2011 and February 2013, in order to coordinate his Church’s humanitarian activities in Asia. Throughout this time he trained volunteers and administered millions of dollars worth of humanitarian projects, including the provision of wheelchairs, clean water and sanitation, neonatal resuscitation, asthma care, vision care, immunizations, emergency relief and self-reliance projects.

SPE serves more than 124,000 members worldwide, sharing technical knowledge for the benefit of our industry. Each year, SPE presents awards that recognize members whose efforts have advanced petroleum technology, as well as their professional achievements and contributions to the industry and the society.

“It is an honor to recognize Nathan for his commitment and dedication to the oil and gas industry with the Public Service Award. SPE international award winners were nominated by their colleagues and selected by their peers for their achievement and contributions and it’s my pleasure to congratulate them on receiving this prestigious international award from SPE,” said Jeff Spath, 2014 SPE President.

I was also honored to join the "Century Club" for having recruited more than 100 new members to the Society. Here I am with the other inductees, all from Saudi Arabia.


train to FRA
car to Abu Dhabi

Miles this trip: 35,613,
Cumulative miles 58,679 to date in SPE activities.

It is good to be home.

Meehan social media contacts

Posted by fracmeister 16:00 Archived in United Arab Emirates

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