Hosted in Abu Dhabi, ADIPEC is the world’s most influential gathering within the energy industry. With the pressure on the global energy sector more profound than ever, the exhibition’s profile continues to rise having been achieved through unlocking the real value of a decarbonised future, accelerating the energy transition, showcasing technologies, and exploring both actionable strategies and solutions for both challenges and opportunities produced by the complex dynamics of the global energy market.
With thousands of visitors and exhibitors there across the week, it is vital to be prepared, pre plan, and get the most from all aspects of the trip, including exploring what Abu Dhabi itself has to offer. Here, we have our top tips for ADIPEC 2022!
In general, Abu Dhabi is an expensive place, however, transport around the capital in their cream taxis are considered low-cost in comparison to major capital cities such as London. Taxis have flat charges which are consistent around the city, including transfers to and from the airport, and are by far the easiest and most convenient way to travel around.
Dedicated stands, phone and app bookings are all used in Abu Dhabi. Find out more in this guide.
Hotels and Dining
This year GT Events are offering both the Fairmont Bab al Bahr and Al Seef Resort which are in an excellent location and vicinity to the Exhibition Centre and both have conveniently placed facilities.
Located by the Fairmont Bab al Bahr hotel and the exhibition centre, Al Khor Street offers conveniently placed restaurants and shops. Within the complex, you can sample a taste of Italy in Marco’s Italian or pick up some quick and convenient sushi in Café Sushi.
Adjacent to Al Seef Resort is the AlSeef Village Mall, providing a one-stop destination to shop, dine and relax.
Sanderson’s Café within the mall has a calm and appealing atmosphere, serving and specialising in. simple, fresh food using natural ingredients. A wide selection of Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner dishes are offered here, including coffees and light or sweet bites to eat.
AlSeef Mall also offers a taste of Lebanon, Japan, Italy and France with restaurants Zaytinya and their exotic souks and mouth water mezzes, Camacho with both Italian and Japanese cuisine to choose from and finally La Brioche, a unique combination of classic French cuisine with a warm, cosy ambience.
Corporate Reward Schemes
Travelling long-haul can come at a cost, but also can acquire high rewards, and not just through business and networking opportunities. Registering for business rewards and frequent flyer schemes with your chosen airline can accumulate points, credits, or miles to use against future tickets, upgrades and much more.
Etihad Airways offer rewards through Etihad Guest Miles where you can earn, transfer, or spend your miles with their partners, and with direct flights from London Heathrow to Abu Dhabi International it’s a convenient and rewarding way to fly.
During the Exhibition
At the Exhibition itself we recommend identifying the value you will get out of the event by undertaking research into the timetable, speakers, content and who the exhibitors are. If you are a member of one the trade organisations hosting a stand or present then look out for their own programme or social events such as those organised by the Energy Industries Council (EIC).
Here are a few tips on how to research:
- Information can usually be found via a LinkedIn post using the event hashtags, searching relevant hashtags, or also taking the time to view the attendees on the event listing if the organiser has posted one on social media.
- Most events will release a full list of speakers in advance, it’s good to research them and to make yourself a list of who you will benefit the most from spending time and listening to.
- Why not take time to research who your potential clients may be listening to? This may provide a perfect opportunity to network.
Top Tip: Get connected on socials! Once you’ve researched the speakers it’s good to add them on socials, engage and share their posts. It’s the first steps in networking even before the event.
However, networking isn’t just about making new connections, it’s key to nurturing old ones too. Events such as ADIPEC are an ideal time to catch up and seek new opportunities while solidifying relationships with people you may not have seen face-to-face for a long time!
Top Tip: Bring your business cards! It’s easy to forget and it may seem old-school, but business cards are still important for networking.
Upon return from your trip make sure to “post-network”. Follow up on the business cards and connections you created, ensuring the connections don’t disappear – add them on LinkedIn and Twitter or even a follow up via email to keep the conversation going.
It is also essential to reflect. Busy Events, Exhibitions and Conferences can pass by relatively quickly, take the time to review your notes and write up some key points. This is a great way to share your key highlights and valuable insights which could be crucial for your colleagues and the wider team.
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