“ARABAL” looks at the Integration of the Gulf aluminium industry and discusses the key ways to access to new markets

The Arab International Aluminium Conference “ARABAL” organized by the Saudi Arabian Mining Company from 15 – 17 November in Dhahran International Exhibitions Center, Eastern Province, will discuss the integration of the aluminium upstream and downstream sectors throughout the GCC.

On the first day of the conference the CEOs of the Gulf companies will examine the current situation of aluminium markets and investment opportunities in the Gulf region as well as market analysis, research the sustainability of the industry and discuss the challenges facing investors.

The second day of the conference will focus on the aluminium industry’s best practices in environment, health and safety, as well as operational excellence, productivity, innovation and technology.

Day three will provide a Technology Workshop and the opportunity to go to Ma’aden Aluminium’s Ras Al Khair plant. Ma’aden Aluminium (MA) is a joint venture between the Saudi Arabian Mining Company (Ma’aden) and Alcoa. The US$10.8b project is designed to be the largest and most efficient integrated aluminium complex in the world.

Ghannam Al-Ghannam, Aluminium Sales Director at Ma’aden and member of the Conference Executive Committee quoted that “ARABAL is a renewable conference that will witness the participation of all the region’s leading aluminium companies alongside reputable global companies and will address topics of interest to investors in the industry, especially in the Gulf region by focusing on the industrial integration within.” Ghannam also stated that “the conference will witness the introduction of new studies, workshops and rich debate sessions”.

The ARABAL Conference is regarded as one of the most important events in the aluminium industry, and through it ‘MA’ADEN’ is seeking to review the opportunities available within the company and present the Kingdom as an investment destination to the aluminium companies, which would contribute in attracting foreign capital and localization of the global technology.

Many international companies have confirmed their participation which will enrich the debates in the conference presented by speakers and specialists in the industry. Highlighting the latest developments in the aluminium industry and the economic effects of the production. There will also be an exhibition to review and display the latest production technologies in the aluminium industry.

The “ARABAL” conference is regarded as the most important industrial and commercial events for the aluminium industry in the Middle East.



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.