Business Models Fit for Purpose

gasworld’s flagship event has been and remains our MENA Industrial Gas Conference, which has been held in the UAE since our first ever conference in 2007. Twelve years on and the region has experienced huge change in both supply models and actual demand for industrial, medical and special gases.

We have seen the significant entry of the major gas companies such as Air Products, Air Liquide, Linde, Messer and Praxair. These companies have not only focused on the major onsite projects that have arisen across the region but have acquired positions in the merchant market as well.

There are now changes happening at the customer level, with the large energy companies focusing on downstream oil and natural gas – giving rise to more investment projects at tonnage gas consumption levels, but also impacting on the demand for merchant industrial gases.

As such, gasworld believes it is right to address the business models and the applications that are right for gas companies and for their customers, and believe the theme Business Models Fit for Purpose, will attract both small and medium-sized enterprises across the region but also the major gas companies and end-users to learn, question and debate the future drivers for the region.

We will address the questions being asked of us, such as:

  • What impact will the focus on downstream projects have on our business?
  • What opportunities exist at the medium to large project scale end-users of gas?
  • How can independents capture some of this growth in the region?
  • What are the hot topic merchant gas applications of today and tomorrow?
  • Will the combination of economic and political influences be positive for our business?

The MENA Industrial Gas Conference 2019 will tackle the above topics through a series of progressive speaker sessions, insightful debate, and engaging networking opportunities.

The MENA region is somewhat polarised in that the medium to large onsite projects are the domain of the major gas companies, but the merchant gases business and growth applications are important to the independent operators. We will strike the right balance by addressing the differing business models that should deliver benefits for all stakeholders.

During the afternoon sessions we also provide an exhibition booth programme, where attendees can visit technology and service providers to discuss the solutions that will support their company’s business model and strategy in this region of real opportunity. We will also for the first time introduce a closing keynote talk to conclude the event, from eminent helium expert Phil Kornbluth, who will leave delegates richer in knowledge and insight about the future direction of the global helium business – one of the hottest topics today for the gases industry and helium end-users.


Seifi Ghasemi

Chairman, President & CEO

Air Products

Chet Reshamwala



Phil Kornbluth

Founder & President

Kornbluth Helium Consulting

Fabian Van Damme



John Raquet



Karina Kocha

Business Intelligence Manager


Omar Germouni

General Manager

Air Liquide Al Khafrah Industrial Gases

Frank Brunsdon

General Manager

Buzwair Gases Qatar

Swapnil Vichare

Director Group Strategies & Operations

Global Gases Group

Roger Sayah

General Secretary

Middle East Gases Association (MEGA)

Ian Davies

Managing Director


Naji Skaf


Air Products Middle East, Egypt & Turkey

Ahmed Bahgat



Jan Strybol

Deputy General Secretary

European Industrial Gases Association (EIGA)

Nataraj Kuhan

Consulting Director - Middle East & India

IHS Markit Chemical Consulting

Renato Imeri

Head of SOL Group Activities (Industrial Gas Division) Outside of Europe

SOL Group

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09th - 11th December 2019

Welcome - 9th December

Registration, Exhibition and Welcome Reception

18:00 - 19:00

Day 1 - 10th December

Adapting to Change

07:30 - 08:50
08:50 - 09:00
09:00 - 09:50

Session 1
Market Repositioning

John Raquet, gasworld
09:50 - 10:20
10:20 - 10:50
10:50 - 11:20
11:20 - 11:30
11:30 - 12:00

Session 2
Regional Case Studies

Hassina Rekima, Cryostar SAS
12:00 - 12:30
12:30 - 13:00
13:00 - 13:30
13:30 - 13:45
13:45 - 14:30
14:30 - 18:30

Day 2 - 11th December

Operational and Business Opportunities

08:30 - 08:50
08:50 - 09:00
09:00 - 09:30

Session 3
Operational Developments to Improve Profitability & Safety

Frank Finger, Middle East Gases Association (MEGA)
09:30 - 09:55
09:55 - 10:20
10:20 - 10:40
10:40 - 10:50
10:50 - 11:30

Session 4 – Business Opportunities for Future Growth

11:30 - 11:55
11:55 - 12:20
12:20 - 12:45
12:45 - 13:00
13:00 - 13:30
13:30 - 14:30


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Air Products touches the lives of consumers around the globe in positive ways every day. With approximately 19,000 employees and operations in 50 countries, the industrial gas giant serves customers across a wide range of industries from food and beverage to medical, energy and transportation. Air Products supplies a unique...Read More


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Anova is the leading global provider of Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) solutions to remotely monitor and manage industrial assets – including industrial tank levels, pressures and temperatures and predictive maintenance of related industrial equipment. The company has a proven track record resulting from over 30 years of industrial monitoring...Read More

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Dohmeyer is a leading global manufacturer of cryogenic refrigeration systems for the food processing, pharmaceutical, aeronautic, plastics and steel industries. For more than a decade Dohmeyer has developed innovative chilling and freezing solutions using its team of dedicated engineers, specialising in low temperature machine design and manufacture. Dohmeyer has a...Read More

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INOXCVA is an engineering company focused on cryogenic insulation technology equipment and systems, ensuring top quality, performance and timely delivery. The company has operations in India, Brazil and Europe, and service support associates across 25 countries. INOXCVA offers a wide range of products across the value chain, committed to adding significantly...Read More

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Brothers Gas Bottling & Distribution Co. LLC established in 1992 as a single bottling unit providing clean & portable fuel solutions has experienced a meteoric rise to our current position as the leading LPG & Industrial Gas solution provider spread across the globe. Unrivalled & Unique Blend – Brothers Gas...Read More

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Hilton Dubai Al Habtoor City

Venue Details

Soaring 44 floors above the city, Hilton Dubai Al Habtoor City offers an upscale oasis on the banks of the Dubai Water Canal, near Downtown Dubai and World Trade Centre. The hotel is directly connected to La Perle by Dragone water theatre, Dubai’s number one show. Our location off Sheikh Zayed Road, near Dubai Metro station, puts you just minutes from things to do.

Discounted hotel rates are available for paying attendees. You will receive a link once we have confirmed booking.

Hilton Dubai Al Habtoor City

Al Habtoor City, Sheikh Zayed Rd, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

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We celebrate our 29th global Industrial Gas event by returning to where it all began in 2007 – to the beautiful city of Dubai.

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Take a short 15-minute walk and spend the day exploring the unique beauty and wonders of Downtown Dubai. You can’t miss the glittering beauty of Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building and free-standing structure in the world, soaring 160 stories above the city. Stroll over to The Dubai Mall for a prime shopping experience. Or relax just outside by The Dubai Fountain, the world’s largest choreographed fountain system set on the 30-acre manmade Burj Khalifa Lake. For the ultimate cultural experience, catch a play, ballet, opera or concert at Dubai Opera.

Want some fun in the sun? The hotels complimentary shuttle bus offers service to various beach locations and complimentary beach club access is available at Habtoor Grand Resort


The Hilton Dubai Al Habtoor City can be reached conveniently by car, train, bus, or plane. Check below to find out more.

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By Car


From South (Dubai Marina): Get on Sheikh Zayed Road/E11, direction Sharjah. Follow Sheikh Zayed Road/E11 and take exit 47 for Al Hadiqa St/D69 W. Follow the signs to the hotel.

From North (Deira): Get on Sheikh Zayed Road/E11, direction Abu Dhabi. Follow Sheikh Zayed Road/E11 and take exit 47 for Al Hadiqa St/D69 W. Follow signs to the hotel.

From East: Follow D69 Meydan Road towards Jumeirah and keep right towards Sheikh Zayed Road/E11 direction to Sharjah and keep right towards Al Habtoor City. Drive straight until the hotel.

From West: Drive on D69 Meydan Road towards Sheikh Zayed Road and take the exit towards Sharjah. Take the lane to Al Habtoor City and drive straight until the hotel.

The Business Bay metro station is a 10 minutes’ walk or 5 minutes taxi drive away.

By Plane

Dubai International Airport

Distance from Hotel: 18 km.

Drive Time: 16 minutes


Follow E11/Sheikh Zayed Road to Dubai and take the exit 47 onto D69/Meydan Road. Keep left towards Jumeirah and after the loop take the first exit on the right. Drive straight until the hotel.


Abu Dhabi International Airport

Distance from Hotel: 120 km.

Drive Time: 70 minutes


We’ve selected this luxury hotel so delegates can emerge themselves and enjoy the ultimate cultural experience.

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Situated off vibrant Sheikh Zayed Road, the Dubai hotel offers a tranquil location near the banks of Dubai Water Canal, near Downtown Dubai, World Trade Centre, The Dubai Mall, Burj Khalifa and Dubai Opera. The proximity to Dubai Metro Station makes navigating your way through the city a breeze.

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