Oman’s Sohar Aluminium is hosting the 21st annual Arab International Aluminum Conference (ARABAL) and Exhibition at the Shangra-La Barr Al Jissah Resort & Spa in Muscat. The four-day conference is scheduled to begin November 6.
Entitled “Driving Strategic Growth of the Global Aluminum Industry,” the event will feature five dozen world-class experts who will discuss topics including the development of the global aluminium sector and its role in enhancing the region’s economic diversification.
In addition to these topics, the conference will feature an international exhibition, workshops, meetings, and a myriad of other activities for the conference’s over 500 participants.
The conference will also feature participation by top-tier representatives from GCC and Arab aluminium firms, including Sohar Aluminum, Gulf and Arab Mineral and Aluminum Company. Other featured participants include Saudi Arabia’s Ma’aden Aluminium Company, UAE’s Emirates Global Aluminium, Qatar’s Qatalum, Egypt’s Egyptalum, and Bahrain’s Aluminium Bahrain.
In addition to commercial firms, representatives from relevant government agencies in Oman, Kuwait, the United States, Canada, Norway, the Russian Federation, the People’s Republic of China, Iran, and India will be present to participate in a first-ever panel discussion.
Commenting on the upcoming conference, Sohar’s Chief Executive Officer Eng. Said bin Mohammed Al Masoudi opined that the gathering will be the smelters of the region’s opportunity to showcase to the world their experience in a welcoming environment that will foster dialogue on technical know-how, participants’ unique perspectives on the aluminium sector, and other relevant collaboration. He went on to say that such an exchange of views and knowledge will help propel growth throughout the increasingly-important regional and global aluminium sector.
Sohar Aluminium was formed in September 2004 to undertake a landmark Greenfield aluminium smelter project in the Sultanate. It is jointly owned by Oman Oil Company, Abu Dhabi National Energy Company PJSC – TAQA and Rio Tinto. The firm produced 375 thousand metric tons of aluminium last year.