The GCC's expansion in terms of aluminium production has a lot to do with aggressive investments in the region in the form of new smelter development and the fact that operators in the area have easy access to low-cost materials and are close to the main global markets of Europe, the USA and the Far East.

According to the Gulf Aluminium Council (GAC) around 80% of primary aluminium produced in the region is exported around the world.

The Gulf's aluminium investments are likely to top $55 billion by 2022 with $22 billion in the UAE, $7 billion in Saudi Arabia and Kuwait and $5.7 billion in Qatar.

The Gulf aluminium industry will be discussed at Aluminium Middle East, formerly known as Aluminium Dubai.

The venue is the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre and it all kicks off on April 23rd and runs until April 25th.

The event takes place every two years and will provide, 'a world-class interactive platform for key industry players to look into the latest developments and tech-savvy innovations as well as discuss investments in new smelters and expansion plans across local and regional markets, according to show director Mohammed Bader-Eddin.