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Fifteen sponsors have confirmed their participation in the Arab International Aluminium Mining Conference and Exhibition (ARABAL 2015), which will take place between 15-17 November 2015 at Dhahran, Saudi Arabia
The event is being hosted by the Saudi Arabian Mining Company (Ma’aden) at the Dhahran International Exhibition Center. The event’s platinum sponsors are Emirates Global Aluminium (EGA) and Qatulum. EGA is one of the leading producers of aluminium in the country, and is jointly owned by Mubadala and the Investment Cooperation of Dubai. Qatulum is a joint venture between Qatar Petroleum (QP) and Norsk Hydro, a Norwegian company.
Other sponsors include Aluminium Bahrain (Alba), Sohar Aluminium, Kuwait Industries, Midal Cables, Abu Dhabi Ports, Exxon Mobil, ABB, the London Metal Exchange, Rain CII, Fives, VHE and Interex.
The organisers also added that senior industry figures are expected to share their insights at the event, touted to be the largest in the Gulf. There will be 35 exhibitors, in addition to a conference that will highlight the latest developments in the global aluminium industry and regional developments as well. The conference is expected to attract the leading investors and dealers in aluminium, especially from the Middle East.
Saudi Arabia is tapping into mining, beyond petrochemicals and oil, in a bid to diversify its economy. The organisers believe that this event is a step in that direction. As key sponsor, Ma’aden is expected to outline its successful foray into the aluminium sector, through the Ma’aden Aluminium project based in Ras Al Khair as well as the Wa’ad Al Shamal phosphate facility. Ma’aden Aluminium is the world’s largest fully integrated aluminium facility, while Wa’ad Al Shamal is expected to be completed by the end of next year.
Arabal 2015 will focus on the integration of the aluminium upstream and downstream sectors throughout the GCC and the promotion of cooperation between producers and consumers.