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09 September 2014

Eat, Sleep, Do - Amsterdam - ATCE

In the second of the series, ThinkPR suggest how to make the most of your trip to Amsterdam. As the capital city of the Netherlands, and home to more than 100km of canals, Amsterdam is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Europe. The city once again plays host to The SPE Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition (ATCE) from 27-29 October 2014. Since its inception in 1924, the conference has welcomed more than a half million of the oil and gas industry’s brightest minds from around the globe.

Mussels… you either love or hate them! Mossel & Gin is a new restaurant hotspot at the Westerpark area of Amsterdam. It specialises in dishes with seafood and is anambassador for the mussel.

If you prefer something a little less slimy, Restaurant Red is with its unique concept, lobster and beef fillet, is one of Amsterdam’s favorite dining spots. Overlooking the city’s most picturesque canal, the ‘Keizersgracht’, Restaurant Red is ideally located in a canal house in the middle of the old city centre of Amsterdam.

Since it opened in 1867, the luxury Amstel Amsterdam Hotel has been revered the world over for its palatial grandeur and residential warmth. Noteworthy features include Michelin-starred restaurant, La Rive, overlooking Amstel River, crystal chandeliers in the Amstel Lounge and a 15 metre heated indoor pool. This landmark Amsterdam hotel is ideally located where the financial, cultural and shopping districts converge, within walking distance of the Van Gogh Museum and the Royal Carré Theatre.

Amsterdam fans out south from the Amsterdam Centraal railway station. The oldest area of the town is known as de Wallen (the quays). It lies to the east of Damrak and contains the city's famous Red Light district, a must see for all the weird and wonderful Amsterdam ‘attractions’.

Amsterdam is also a mecca for culture. Delve into the city's past at the Amsterdam Museum, which maps the last eight centuries of urban evolution using quirky found objects like 700-year-old shoes, or hop over to the Museum Ons' Lieve Heer op Solder ('Our Lord in the Attic'), a charming hidden church in the Red Light District that has been recently restored to its 17th century glory.

If you are lucky enough to arrive a day before the conference starts, ‘G’s Boat’ is a cool new concept at the weekend – book a brunch and see Amsterdam by boat along its many canals.

Next month we will explore what Abu Dhabi has to offer ahead of ADIPEC (The Abu Dhabi International Petroleum Exhibition and Conference) 2014.