More than 40 speakers will take to the podium and the whole thing will kick off with a welcome speech from Mohammad Ali Al Naki, founder and chairman of Arabal.

Mr Al Naki will present the history of Arabal since its inception in 1983 and will precede HE Dr. Mohammed Al Sada, Minister of Energy and Industry, who will highlight Qatar's achievements and the growing importance of the aluminium industry in the region.

Norsk Hydro's CEO Svein Richard will talk in an opening session about his company's partnership involvement with Qatar Petroleum and the setting up of Qatalum and this will be followed by Qatalum's chairman, Adbulrahman Al Shaibi, who will discuss the company's recent achievements.

A discussion panel featuring the CEOs of all Arabal member smelters will examine the prospects for the aluminium industry in the GCC region and there will be a workshop conducted by Martin Abbot, CEO of the London Metal Exchange (LME) who will highlight the mechanisms and techniques used by the LME.

A field visit to the Qatalum smelter in Mesaieed Industrial City is also planned.

Aluminium International Today will be at the event and reporting back on the conference.

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