The First SPE Qatar Section Award Night 2015

IMG_20151115_174247the first SPE Qatar Section Award Night on Sunday, November 15th, 2015 at the Sheraton Hotel, Doha.

2015 was certainly a very successful year for the Qatar Section as the section received SPE Gold Standard Award for 2015, in recognition of its exceptional programs in industry engagement, operations and planning, community involvement, professional development and innovation. In September 2015 Qatar Section Chairperson Sheikh Faisal Bin Fahad Al-Thani became a recipient of the SPE Middle East Regional Service Award as an acknowledgment of his exceptional contributions to the SPE at section and regional levels and recognition of his singular devotion of time and effort to the programs and development of technical expertise.

We are honored to have Sheikh Faisal to present Qatar Section Awards to section’s outstanding professional members and students in recognition of their enthusiasm and great efforts in developing and conducting section’s programs and promoting SPE values and mission.

We are very pleased to have the following speakers:


  • Mr. Nayef Mohammed Al-Hajri, Asst. Manager Offshore Operation Oversight/Excellence, Qatar Petroleum, present “Development of Knowledge / Best Practices Sharing Platform”.
  • Mr. Mike Gunningham, Program Chair of SPE Qatar Section, Head of Subsurface Support Team, Maersk Oil Qatar, present “A Celebration of Success – SPE Qatar Section 2015”.

The details for the event as follows:

WELCOME REFRESHMENTS: 17:00 – 17:30 hrs

INTRODUCTION : 17:30 – 17:40 hrs

PRESENTATIONS: 17:40 – 18:20 hrs

AWARD CEREMONY : 18:20 – 18:40 hrs

CLOSING REMARKS : 18:40 – 18:45 hrs

BUFFET DINNER: 18:45 – 20:30 hrs

I was so proud one of my son’s friend, “Ali Al-Obaidly” was received the Award. Well done and Congratulation ألف مبروك  Ali …..

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The 12th Annual World Robot Olympiad (WRO) Doha Qatar

IMG_20151107_181818The International World Robot Olympiad (WRO) take place in Doha for the first time in Qatar, November 6-8. WRO 2015 is sponsored by Maersk Oil Qatar and hosted by the College of the North Atlantic Qatar under the patronage of the Supreme Education Council and supported by Qatar Petroleum. Concluded yesterday Nov-08 with teams from Chinese Taipei winning most places.

IMG_20151107_175306The theme for this year’s WRO Open Category is “Robot Explorers” and in WRO Regular Category the challenges are:

  • “Pearl Diving” (Elementary)
  • “Treasure Hunt” (Junior High)
  • “Mountaineering” (High School).
  • WRO GEN II Football is of course also featured – and in Doha we will also see teams competing in the new WRO University Regular game, WRO Bowling.

malaysiaTeams from Malaysia grabbed the second highest number of places in eight categories. The contest featured 33 Qatari teams with talented students, participating alongside some of the youngest scientists and engineers.

The competition, under the patronage of Prime Minister and Interior Minister H E Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa Al Thani, was the largest science event hosted in Qatar and attracted over 3,000 participants from 44 countries to compete in challenges under the theme ‘Robot Explorers’.

qatarThe introduction of Maersk Oil Qatar ‘Inspiration in Science’ Award was one of the main highlights of the event. It was presented to a Qatari team from Khalid Bin Ahamed Independent Middle School. The team demonstrated collective passion for science, creativity and teamwork and ability to share enthusiasm and inspirational qualities with others.

horsecloisngWRO 2015 representatives from Maersk Oil Qatar, CNA-Q and the SEC took part in an official handover ceremony, which saw Qatar formally pass the WRO flag to India, ahead of the country hosting the event in 2016. A beautiful display with the Arabian horses at the closing ceremony.

Snapshot photos during visited The World Robot Olympiad 2015, Proud of you Qatar as I’m resident..!

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2015 Qatar National Robot Olympiad (NRO)

DSCN0097Thousands of Qatar’s brightest and best science students from elementary, middle and senior schools are making final preparations ahead of competing in the 2015 Qatar National Robot Olympiad (NRO), on 30-31 October 2015.

More than 1,000 students from over 400 teams representing 250 schools are registered to take part in this unique event, which is set to be the biggest yet in Qatar. The competition represents the culmination of the year-long schools robotics programme, GO ROBOT, part of Maersk Oil Qatar’s ambitious commitment to Qatar to build Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) skills for generations to come.

The NRO taking place at Doha’s Al Shaqab Equestrian. During the competition, students will be tasked with building and programming LEGO MINDSTORMS robots under strict time limits to complete a set of challenges under the theme of “Robot Explorers.” With the support and guidance of teachers, educators and mentors, participating students have spent the past year training to design and programme the best and fastest robots they can.The NRO will test to the limits their problem solving, engineering and programming skills as well as their teamwork and initiative.

minister alsadaSpeaking at the event, H E Dr Mohammed bin Saleh Al-Sada, Minister of Energy and Industry said: “It is a landmark event and a unique celebration for the budding talent of the science and technology community of Qatar. This amazing event has brought together the country’s brightest science students who have excelled themselves. I have no doubt that together you represent the very best of Qatar’s science and engineering talent. To fulfill the ambitions of the Qatar National Vision 2030, it is essential that we inspire, build and support future generations of scientists and engineers who are passionately engaged in such creative pursuits, right from a young age. This is exactly what this event has truly done.”



Dukhan English School has sent their best team to participate for this event.  I was so proud since last year during National Robotic Olympiad 2014 one of my son was participated and This year, one of my daughter was participate too. She was enjoyed this event. Thank you to all coach and teacher to bringing them a lot of experience engineering and programming skills.

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Well done to all of the teams at the and best of luck to the 34 teams that qualified for the .

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Do you want to study in Germany ?

Why is Germany the perfect place to study abroad?If you want to study in Germany you can either chose between ‘Universities’ or ‘Fachhochschulen’ (often called Universities of Applied Sciences in English). The qualifications offered at both types of institution are regarded as being equal in value but they tend to offer very different types of education. ‘Fachhochschulen’ in Germany are more practically orientated than universities. Normally the ‘Fachhochschulen’ route takes four years to complete because students have to undertake internships as an integral part of their degree. Technical or artistic subjects are more likely to be taught at ‘Fachhochschulen’ than at universities.

‘Fachhochschulen’ are more likely to offer teaching in smaller groups whereas universities tend to follow the traditional lecture and tutorial approach to learning. Professors at Fachhochschulen have to have a minimum of 5 years working experience to be able to demonstrate knowledge of real case studies.For some vocational courses it is necessary to have relevant work experience before you can apply to study there although this is not often a restriction on English-taught courses.

As in the UK most universities offer a more theory-based approach to learning without internship possibilities. However this also depends on each university. There are public and private examples of both universities and ‘Fachhochschulen’. German universities are currently suffering from significant overcrowding. Demand for places at university is artificially high because of changes to the German school system. As Germany moves from a 13 to a 12 year schooling system, in some parts of the country two school year groups are leaving at once, leaving to a corresponding increase in applications to university.

Entry requirements for German Universities

Entry requirements depend on the University/Fachhochschule. However you must have finished your A levels in order to be considered. What grades and subjects you need also differs. Yet you should consider that if you want to apply for courses like physics and engineering, you will need specific, relevant A levels. While A levels must be recognised by EU law as sufficient for entry to a German higher education institution, they are not comparable with the German Abitur.

The Abitur is a much broader qualification closer to the International Baccalaureate in the subject range that it covers. For this reason, German universities usually insist on seeing a grade for maths at either A or AS level. Without this, many German universities will regard a British student’s education to be incomplete. This can apply even where the subject you wish to study has nothing to do with maths. For some courses, particularly in English literature, even where the full degree is taught entirely in English there may still be a requirement to demonstrate knowledge of the German language. Other Level 3 qualifications are often not accepted for entry to German universities. Some Universities/Fachhochschulen offer one year preparatory courses, in case you cannot meet the requirements.

Moreover if you decide to study a course that is only offered in German, you have to undertake a language proficiency test, which is normally offered by the chosen institution. Private universities in Germany are usually a little more flexible with regard to recognition of British qualifications. However, they will usually still insist that relevant subjects have been taken. For many subjects there is open entry to university or fachhochschule meaning that a student only needs to have relevant qualifications to be awarded a place. However, for more popular subjects there are restrictions on entry known as ‘Numerus Clausus’. This restriction means that, with some exceptions, universities are free to choose the students they wish to accept based on a variety of criteria which may include predicted grades. Usually there will be an entrance exam that applicants are expected to take in addition to their A levels. Weaker applicants from the UK might struggle to be offered a place on any course that is subject to ‘Numerus Clausus’.

Entry requirements to German universities can be summarised as follows:

1. General Requirements

  • you must have studied three or four different subjects to A level. If you have only studied three A levels you must also present your grade in one AS level. Qualifications in the same subject (including maths and further maths) will only count as one subject. There is no clear guidance on whether General Studies is considered as one of your A levels.
  • The four subjects that you offer at A and AS level must include a language and maths. The language does not need to be in German but it can be. Please bear in mind that almost every Bachelor degree in Germany is offered in the German language. You must also have maths or a natural science as one of your A levels or AS levels.
  • You cannot gain access to a German university with vocational qualifications such as BTECs.

2. Subject Specific Requirements

  • For social sciences, law, economics etc, one A level must be in related subject. Maths A level is the minimum required for economics and social sciences.
  • For science, engineering and maths, Maths A level is essential. Also, you will require at least one A level in the natural sciences (chemistry, physics, biology)
  • For medicine, Chemistry A level and Maths A level are essential and you will also require an additional A or AS level in a natural science.

3. Other Factors

  • Two AS levels can replace one A level.
  • Vocational Certificates of Education will not be taken into consideration
  • You can commence your studies before you receive your A level certificates as long as you have your “Statement of Results” or “Candidate Statement of Provisional Results”. Original certificates must be available before the start of the second semester.
  • Cambridge Pre-U qualifications are accepted as alternatives to A levels with Principle Subjects compared directly to A levels and Short Courses to AS levels.

Applying to German Universities

Germany found the way to rank third in the Worlds University list

If you want to register for a programme at a German University/Fachhochschule, you have to organise this individually for each institution of your choice. This can be done online via the university’s website. You can either start in summer or winter. Please see below the time period, in which you can apply. Please ensure to check, when the application deadline is for your university of choice as this also fluctuates by Bundesland (federal region) and University/Fachhochschule.

For Fachhochschulen

  •  Summer Semester: generally March to August (courses begin: 15 March)
  •  Winter Semester: generally September to February (courses begin: 15 September)

For Universities 

  • Summer Semester: generally April to September (courses begin: 15 April)
  • Winter Semester: enerally October to March (courses begin: 15 October)

There are some changes to the application process to courses subject to Numerus Clausus and courses in medicine, veterinary medicine etc. For details on how to apply to these courses please see the Hochschulstart website (only in German at the moment).

How much does it cost to study in Germany?

In Germany, higher education is currently organised at the regional rather than national level although this will change in 2015. The main result of this change is that tuition fees will be abolished in all regions of the country; you only have to pay a small contribution of up to €150 per semester depending on the University/Fachhochschule. If you decide to go to a Private University prices vary between €10.000 – €20.000. Private Fachhochschulen are less expensive, however still charge between €3.000 – €10.000.

How do I get a visa to study in Germany?

No visa is required for EU citizens. If you are not EU citizen, As an international student you may need an entry visa for Germany depending on where you come from and how long you plan to stay here. For more information about visa requirements, contact the German embassy or German consulate in your home country. You can find the address on the website of the German Federal Foreign Office.

Can I work there as a student?

Students from the European Union (EU) or European Economic Area (EEA) have free access to the German job market and are practically equivalent to German students. International students from other countries can work a total of 120 full or 240 half days per year. If you want to work more, you need a permit from the “Agentur für Arbeit” (Federal Employment Agency) and the foreigners’ authority. Whether you are issued a work permit largely depends on the condition of the local job market. You are less likely to receive a permit to work more than 120 days in regions with higher unemployment rates.

Which are the best universities in Germany?

1.    Ludwig-Maximilians University, Munich
2.    Georg-August University, Gottingen
3.    Heidelberg University, Heidelberg
4.    Technical University, Munich
5.    Humboldt University, Berlin

The only bachelors degrees taught in English at any of these universities is one specialist programme at Georg-August University in forestry.


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Operation Training Simulator (OTS) Improves Operator Performance

otsintrowebAn Operator Training Simulator (OTS) is a computer-based training system that uses a dynamic simulation of an industrial process, usually integrated with an emulator of the process Distributed Control System (DCS).

An OTS uses a dynamic simulation of the process in order to generate the appropriated data to feed an emulation of the plant’s control system.

The elements of a typical OTS are the following:

  • Dynamic simulation software
  • Process model
  • Instructor interface
  • Control system integration software
  • DCS emulator
  • Replica of the operator station

Qatar Petroleum Improves Operator Performance and Training with UniSim

Common applications of OTS systems are the following:

  • New control room operator training (e.g., start-up, shutdown, and emergency procedures)
  • Existing control room operator refresher training (e.g., start-up, shutdown, and emergency procedures)
  • Platform for advanced process control (APC) and optimization
  • Validating DCS control and logic checkout
  • Validating and improving plant operating procedures
  • “What if?” analysis (scenario analysis)
  • Engineering tool for developing and testing new control strategies
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QU graduate with disability shares secrets to his success

Muhammed Zulfikar Rakhmat
Muhammed Zulfikar Rakhmat, a 21-year-old Indonesian student who recently graduated from Qatar University, is no stranger to adversity.

The expat was born with a severe movement disorder in both his arms, which makes it difficult for him to use his hands for soft-motor movements like writing and picking up items. The condition also causes him to stammer, making his pronunciation unclear.

Though the disability put his future in doubt for many years, Rakhmat said his family’s decision to move to Qatar, where schools were accommodating of his disorder, has changed his life.

Muhammed Zulfikar Rakhmat

Muhammed Zulfikar Rakhmat’s story recently struck a chord with several college students here after his graduation picture (which entailed meeting the Emir) was published on the Facebook page Humans of Qatar University, a picture that received more than 700 likes and 68 comments.

The expat graduated from QU with a Bachelor’s degree in International Affairs.

His 3.93 grade point average helped him obtain a full scholarship, and he finished school in three and a half years instead of four.

In an email interview with Doha News, Rakhmat said he felt honored and motivated by the support and positive feedback he received for that photo.

He was frank about his condition, but said he did not let it slow him down:

“It has been difficult because hands are important parts of our body. Without them functioning properly, there are many activities that I cannot do or at least I have to do them in different ways than other people. Whenever I feel down, I just turn to the Qur’an where it says that ‘God will never give you burdens more than what you can bear.’”

He also shared stories about his past, his fight to educate others about people with disabilities and plans for the future.

Growing up

Over the past two decades, Rakhmat said he and his family have overcome an endless list of everyday struggles, including bullying by peers, school rejections, lack of access to public facilities and educating society on disability.

When Rakhmat began kindergarten, he said he realized he was different from the other kids because it would take a lot of time for him to complete certain tasks. His parents initially evaded his questions about his condition, but told him what he was facing later on (his doctor said the disorder doesn’t have a name).

School life was never easy for young Rakhmat. It was here that he remembers experiencing intense bullying from other students in and elementary school.

“There were times when school scared me,” Rakhmat told Doha News. “Nevertheless, my parents always told me that staying away from school means letting my disability wins. I always tried to attend school despite all the bullying and I believe this has made me a stronger individual.”

He added that another form of bullying that he experiences to this day is when people question his ability to achieve his dreams.

Growing up as the eldest in a family of five – including his doctor father, housewife mother and younger sister and brother in a small village in Indonesia – Rakhmat recalled how people would advise his parents to send him to a special needs school.

However, his parents refused, and the greatest struggle for him was to gain admission into a public school in Indonesia, because these institutions were not equipped to handle disabled children. He said:

“In order for students like myself to be accepted into regular schools, pressures must be applied to schools to provide suitable facilities… Many of these schools assumed that because of my physical disability I might also have impaired intelligence.”

Rakhmat said he had to undertake a series of special tests to prove he was academically capable to study with his non-disabled peers. After several months, he finally got placed in a prestigious Islamic school.

But in planning for the future, Rakhmat said he had to think carefully about what universities to apply to, not just taking into account a school’s reputation or rankings, but whether it could accommodate his disability.

Qatar years

The struggle to find an accepting school continued when his family shifted to Qatar in 2007, until Cambridge School Doha welcomed him to complete his IGCSE and A levels.

Later, Rakhmat obtained a full academic scholarship to QU. He said that the best times as a student took place at the university, thanks to the accommodating teachers and helpful friends he came across.

“To be honest, Qatar University was the most exciting and happiest moment in my academic life,” he recalled, adding that teachers and the special needs section worked with him to ensure he was allowed to use a laptop or provided a writer to help him with handwriting.

His peers, knowing that getting around was a problem, often offered him rides to school, he added.

Muhammed Zulfikar Rakhmat

While Rakhmat said his friends motivate him to move ahead in life, meeting new people has always been a challenge.

“Sometimes I have negative experiences especially when I meet new people who have no idea that I have disability. Some of them looked at me in a strange way, some of them looked down upon me, and some of them laugh.”

But the expat also gives his disability credit for being his toughest teacher, because coping with it has taught him to not give up on his dreams.

Additionally, Rakhmat’s inability to write has made him tech-savvy and improve his computer skills. The fact that he can’t drive or use any mode of transportation easily has spurred him to spend more time reading and learning new things, thereby expanding his knowledge on different subjects, ranging from politics to religion.

Rakhmat also said that he owed his parents for helping him convert his weaknesses into strengths:

“My parents have taught me how to deal with struggles, overcome obstacles, and have inspired me to reach the highest goals through dedication, hard work, and a positive attitude. When I was a little, my father used to tell me ‘Do not let your disability win.’ This has been the motto that I follow in my life.”

Changing society’s perception

While speaking to Doha News, Rakhmat remembered how he would be treated like a little kid by shopkeepers who refused to serve him on many occasions and other instances where taxi drivers would decline to take him home, thinking he had a mental problem.

“Society needs to change their perception towards disabled people. Even today, people continue to perpetuate the idea that the disabled are less intelligent, less able and thus incapable of becoming functioning members of society. These people are denied their rights, their equal opportunities and are often separated from mainstream society.”

He added that he feels disability still remains a taboo subject within many cultures. However, Rakhmat said that in some societies, the perceptions are slowly beginning to shift.

Zulfikar said he also feels that disabled people should not sit around feeling sorry for themselves, but instead take steps to prove the perceptions wrong and most importantly educate society.

“Many people with disabilities, including myself before, did nothing, and sometimes get angry. But what we actually have to do is to be calm, and let them know our condition and what help we need. By voicing our conditions and our needs, the society will become more aware of our existence and hopefully ready to accommodate the differences.”

Future plans

Rakhmat currently remains in Qatar, conducting research for an organization in Indonesia that focuses on disabled people in Palestine.

Muhammed Zulfikar Rakhmat

But he will soon head to the UK to work toward a Master’s degree in International Politics at the University of Manchester. This will be the first time he lives independently, and said he anticipates a “challenging and exciting experience.”

His ultimate ambition is to become a professor and a researcher, and he hopes to pursue a Ph.D after his Master’s.

He also hopes to become a voice for many disabled people out there who are ignored by society and as a conclusion said, “Physical disability is not really a disability – the real disability is giving up easily.”

*Source : Doha News

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Qatar Petroleum Continuous Service Awards (CSA) 2014

0881aDoha, Qatar •  Under the patronage of His Excellency Dr. Mohammed bin Saleh Al-Sada, Minister of Energy and Industry and Chairman & Managing Director of QP, Qatar Petroleum honored on Monday evening 19 May 2014 – a total of 771 employees who have been serving the corporation for the past 10 and 15 years.

QP’s annual Continuous Service Awards (CSA) Ceremony, which was held at Al Wosail Grand Ballroom of The Ritz-Carlton Doha, gave recognition to 378 employees who have completed 15 years of service thus far and 393 staff who have already put in 10 years of service with the corporation.

DAIn his keynote address during the ceremony, Mr. Ahmad Ali Al-Mawlawi, Director for Administration of QP, said: “The Continuous Service Awards Ceremony is QP’s way of recognizing all of you who have long been contributing your valuable skills and knowledge in the day-to-day operations of Qatar Petroleum, thus enabling the corporation to undertake the continued development of Qatar’s oil & gas resources for the benefit of many people worldwide.”

He added: “QP recently launched its corporate vision, which is ‘to be a world-class oil & gas corporation, with its roots in Qatar and a strong international presence.’ All of us have an important role to play in realizing this vision, and I am confident that all of you here tonight would help achieve it through your dedication in your job, professionalism and commitment to excellence.”

After his speech, Mr. Al-Mawlawi presented each of the honorees with a Certificate of Appreciation and a gift as a token of gratitude for their long years of service with QP. The event was also attended by QP directors and managers, the families and friends of the awardees, as well as by media representatives.

10329156_760892223932991_4442611735081457268_nThe CSA Ceremony was the second to be held this year by QP to honour its long-serving employees, following the first CSA Ceremony last May 6 to recognize a total of 322 employees who have reached a milestone of between 20-35 years of service with the corporation. In addition, as part of this year’s CSA Ceremony, a total of 1,041 QP employees will also be receiving certificates for having been employed with the corporation for the past 5 years.

10322718_705712352807893_9099036316039124060_nOrganized by QP’s Public Relations and Communications Department in partnership with the Administration Directorate, the annual CSA Ceremony is one way by which QP honours its long-serving employees, thus recognizing their valuable contribution in the corporation’s continued growth and in the continued development of Qatar’s oil and gas industry.


Source : (Qatar Petroleum News)

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