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L-R: Prof Ammar Kaka Head of the Dubai Campus, Dr Mohamed Al Barwani Chairman of MB Holding Group, Prof Wael Mualla Associated Head of School of EGIS, Matthew Smith Lecturer of Petroleum Engineering at IPE Dubai Campus

Dr. Mohammed Al Barwani – an outstanding leader in Oman’s Oil & Gas industry – was hosted at a specially convened Heriot-Watt University Dubai Campus forum on Tuesday 26 May.

The open forum was an opportunity for the founder and Chairman of MB Holding group of companies - and prominent alumnus of Heriot-Watt University - to engage with graduate and postgraduate  students from the School of Engineering and the School of Energy, Geoscience, Infrastructure & Society (EGIS).

After the forum, Heriot-Watt University Dubai Campus and MB Holding Group announced the establishment of a PhD scholarship programme. MB Holding Group will promote the scholarship in Oman and host two of best PhD research students from Heriot-Watt University’s School of Engineering and the School of Energy, Geoscience, Infrastructure & Society. The selected Omani students will begin their scholarships by September.

Professor Wael Mualla, academic head, School of Energy, Geoscience, Infrastructure and Society at Heriot-Watt University Dubai Campus said: “To have such a prominent leader in the GCC’s Oil & Gas sector discuss his career path and his achievements was inspirational to Heriot-Watt Dubai Campus students.”

To have such a prominent leader in the GCC’s Oil & Gas sector discuss his career path and his achievements was inspirational to Heriot-Watt Dubai Campus students.
Professor Wael Mualla

“The establishment of a joint Heriot-Watt University Dubai Campus and MB Holding Group PhD scholarship is a real commitment to developing talent in Oman and the GCC. By selecting the two best, mature PhD students in any of the fields we offer will help them further their research and develop future experts in the field. It is important that our students not only have role models but also have real opportunities to learn and experience the intricacies of the various industries.”

Dr. Mohammed Al Barwani was awarded a Master’s Degree and PhD in Petroleum Engineering from Heriot-Watt University, UK. In 1986, Dr. Al Barwani founded MB Petroleum Services, and went on to found Marwarid Mining in 1987 and Petrogas in 1999.

Today MB Holding is a multinational corporation operating in sixteen countries on four continents. The group constitutes several subsidiaries with wide ranging interests in Oilfield services, Exploration and Production of Oil & Gas, and Mining and Investments, with offices in Europe, the Middle East and South East Asia.