Principal sponsor and organizer – Ma’aden “ARABAL 2015” attracts the attention of global aluminium companies 15 sponsors and 42 exhibitors in the accompanying exhibition

The Saudi Arabian Mining Company (Ma’aden) announced the participation of 15 sponsors in the Arab International Aluminium Conference and Exhibition (ARABAL 2015), hosted by the company on November 15-17 in the Dhahran International Exhibition Center. Senior industry figures are scheduled to speak at this premier global aluminium event, the largest in the Gulf region. The conference will also include the participation of 35 exhibitors in the exhibition accompanying the conference which highlights the major developments in the global aluminium industry, with a review of the latest updates on regional aluminium sector investments.

Ma’aden is currently doing intensive preparations to insure the success of this conference, which has broad interest to those involved in the aluminium industry, global investors and aluminium companies in the Middle East in particular.

As the principal sponsor and organizer of this global gathering, Ma’aden will outline its recent success in building the mining sector into the third pillar of Saudi industry, beyond oil and petrochemicals. While the recently completed Ma’aden Aluminium project based in Ras Al Khair is the world’s largest fully integrated aluminium facility, Ma’aden has also made great progress in gold, copper and phosphate, with its world class phosphate facility in Wa’ad Al Shammal planned for completion at the end of 2016.

ARABAL 2015 platinum sponsor is Emirates Global Aluminium (EGA), one of the largest aluminium producers in the world, jointly owned by Mubadala and the Investment Cooperation of Dubai. EGA continues to build on its legacy of world-class operations, a proven track record and a strong commitment to maintaining the highest environment, health and safety standards.

Platinum sponsor Qatalum is joint venture between Qatar Petroleum and the Norwegian company Norsk Hydro and produces 585 tons of aluminium products of high quality annually, thanks to the linear production of 1.2 kilometers, the company includes many amenities notably the carbon plant and port facilities and storage as well as power generation plant.

Other sponsors include Aluminium Bahrain (Alba) which owns one of the world’s leading aluminium smelters, and has a high record of safety and technological capabilities and innovative policies and strict environmental guidelines. And Sohar Aluminum, in 2004 as the first aluminium smelter project in the Sultanate of Oman, and its shared ownership between Oman Oil Company and Abu Dhabi National Energy (Taqa) and Rio Tinto Alcan and the company is working to devote quality highest quality standards within its operations.

In addition to gold sponsor Kuwait Industries, silver sponsors; Midal Cables, Abu Dhabi Ports and Exxon Mobil and bronze sponsors; ABB, the London Metal Exchange, Rain CII, Fives, VHE and Interex.

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.

ARABAL was launched for the first time in 1983 in Kuwait and is regarded as one of the most important events for the aluminium industry in the Middle East and attracts senior industry officials and experts.


ARABAL first began in 1983 with Kuwait Aluminium Co. bringing together the leading figures in Middle East Aluminium to strengthen ties and discuss the issues of the day to provide an overview about the entire aluminium industry. Over the past 29 years, it has become an event of international repute, bringing together leaders from the aluminium industry across the world to network and conduct business.


Ma’aden is the leading mining and metals company in Saudi Arabia. Building value-added industries for gold, phosphate, bauxite and other mineral resources.

In the Aluminium business, Ma’aden’s $10.8 billion joint venture with Alcoa is the largest and most efficient vertically integrated aluminium complex in the world. It uses a dedicated rail line to bring bauxite mined from Al-Baitha (4 million tonnes per year) to Ma’aden’s industrial city of Ras Al Khair, which contains the Middle East’s first alumina refinery (1.8 million tpy), a state-of-the-art smelter (740,000 tpy), the world’s most technologically advanced rolling mill (380,000 tpy), and the Gulf’s only aluminum recycling facility.

Ma’aden Aluminum efficiently and reliably produces rolling slabs, billets, standard ingots and T–bars, automotive and can sheet for domestic and international markets while facilitating the development of domestic downstream aluminium industries in the Kingdom.


BME Global Ltd is an international events company with extensive experience of operating in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Headquartered in London, with a branch in Cairo, we cover key industries such as petrochemicals, water, power, environment, security and construction. BME have been appointed by Ma’aden this year to manage the ARABAL event