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About the Gala Dinner

About the Gala Dinner

The Gala Dinner on the first evening of the Seminar is a vital element of the OPEC Seminar.

Held at the magnificent Vienna City Hall, this event will be the perfect occasion for casual discussions and networking. Furthermore, on the occasion of the Gala Dinner, the prestigious OPEC Awards will take place, making this a truly unforgettable evening.

Vienna’s City Hall is one of the most splendid amongst the numerous monumental buildings along the city’s Ringstraße. Designed by Friedrich Schmidt (1825-1891), it was erected between 1872 and 1883. The architecture along the Ringstraße is dominated by historicism, a unique style combining various architectural elements of the past. Friedrich Schmidt, however, focused on one particular epoch, designing City Hall in the Gothic style, with towers similar to Gothic cathedrals.

Today, City Hall is the head office for Vienna’s municipal administration and its more than 2,000 employees. Visitors are stunned by the magnificent state rooms, which frequently provide an historic background to various special events such as press conferences, concerts or balls.

Host of the Gala Dinner

Ministry of Mines and Hydrocarbons

 The Republic of Equatorial Guinea
( President of the OPEC Conference, 2023)

The Republic of Equatorial Guinea is located in Central Africa. The country consists of an insular region, made up of several islands, and a mainland region named after the Río Muni. The mainland region is bordered by Cameroon to the north, and Gabon to the south and east. On the west, the Río Muni region overlooks the Gulf of Guinea. Equatorial Guinea covers an area of around 28,000 square kilometres and is inhibited by approximately 1.45 million residents.

The capital city is Malabo, which has a population of 297,000 persons, while the seat of government is in Oyala. The country’s currency is the CFA franc, a currency used by five other countries in Africa, including OPEC Member Country Gabon. The official language of Equatorial Guinea is Spanish. French and Portuguese are widely used, too.

While the African nation is a producer and net exporter of crude oil, it is also a key producer and exporter of natural gas. In former times, Equatorial Guinea exported coffee, timber and cocoa.