The idea started at a November 2005 Middle East Young Professionals (YPs) council meeting in Doha, Qatar: holding the first Middle East YP workshop. With excellent teamwork and organization, the workshop took place in Abu Dhabi from 31 October to 3 November. The event included discussion of the role of YPs in the future of the oil and gas industry and featured interactive sessions on technology and innovation; leadership; career development; health, safety, and the environment (HSE); and diversity and inclusiveness. Attendees came from Bahrain, Egypt, France, India, Oman, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, and the U.K. The workshop began with remarks by 2007 SPE President Abdul Jaleel Al-Khalifa, who emphasized how the industry should prepare young professionals to take on the challenges of today and tomorrow. Attendees agreed that they need to always try to improve their skills, be proactive, understand and apply the vision of their organizations, and implement new ideas to directly help their business units.