Why Dubai?

After careful evaluation of government guidelines and consultation with our customers, Africa Oil Week 2021 will be moving to Dubai (United Arab Emirates) on 8-11 November.

Why are we moving?

  • Ensuring the safety and wellbeing of our attendees has always been our top priority
  • Exceptional progress has been made in the UAE’s vaccination programme
  • International large-scale events have already commenced and have attracted business travellers from countries across the world with the Dubai Expo due to welcome travellers from 200 counties in October 2021
  • We believe moving to Dubai will enable us to deliver a premium event experience that our audience is accustomed to
  • To allow our customers amble time to make travel arrangements we have acted early and decisively

Why we chose Dubai? 

  • 88% of clients said they would prefer AOW to take place in Dubai over other locations
  • The Middle East is the oil capital of the world – presenting a new opportunity to bring Africa to a huge investor base to drive transactions
  • Dubai is the leading financial centre in the Middle East, Africa and South Asia
  • Airlinks with Africa, Asia, Europe and North America are unparalleled, ensuring convenient travel for our global attendees
  • Many clients can visit ADIPEC in Abu-Dhabi the following week
  • It’s an attractive travel destination with great weather and lots to explore


"Thanks to robust efforts to tackle the pandemic since its outset in early 2020, Dubai was among the first cities globally to reopen for tourism and business events, and we have built on this momentum by rapidly and efficiently rolling out a vaccine programme. Against this backdrop in which the safety of all visitors remains our priority, face-to-face meetings provide an unrivalled opportunity to network and do business, and we are therefore pleased to be able to host Africa Oil Week this year. With our strong flight connectivity, delegates from across Africa will be able to safely gather in Dubai for this event, making the most of the opportunity to make deals, drive conversations around the future of oil, gas and energy, and recapture economic growth.”

Issam Kazim, CEO of Dubai Corporation for Tourism and Commerce Marketing


A different location but Africa remains our core

The event location might be different this year, but our purpose remains the same – Africa Oil Week will continue to be the must-attend event with Africa at its core. It’s a platform dedicated to fostering relationships and driving transactions across the African Upstream. We are honoured to have the continued support from our customers regarding this decision and delighted to confirm the support from the leading Ministers of Energy from across Africa. 

If you want to join the major industry names attending AOW 2021 in Dubai, enquire about becoming a sponsor today.

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