Emirates Global Aluminium (EGA) has struck a three-year deal to supply high-quality aluminium to the German luxury car maker BMW that will be used to manufacture car engines.

EGA’s agreement is the first dir­ect deal of its kind with a ­major automotive company and comes amid intensifying efforts by the UAE to diversify its economy away from oil, the price of which has fallen steeply over the past two years.

"Winning BMW as a direct customer is important for EGA because their standards are so high, both for the aluminium itself and how it is made," said Abdulla Kalban, managing dir­ector and chief executive of EGA. "EGA produces high-quality aluminium with world-class efficiency and environmental responsibility. We have spent decades developing technology in the UAE to improve our processes and make this possible."