The Gulf Aluminium Council (GAC) dinner event will provide a networking platform for the world’s top aluminium industry leaders, and help to continue the momentum of the Gulf’s establishment as a major metals hub in the global market.

Dr Abdul Lateef Al Zayani, Secretary General for Gulf Corporation Council will be the keynote speaker for the event, alongside Dr Klaus Kleinfeld, Alcoa CEO, and Emal CEO Mr Saeed Fadhel Al Mazrooei.

World aluminium demand is increasing by 6%/y. Representing 40Mt/y of aluminium, demand is estimated to reach more than 70Mt by 2020. The ‘big five’ Gulf smelters - Alba, Dubal, Emal, Sohar and Qatalum – recorded significant developments and achievements last year, with 3.6Mt of aluminium produced in 2011.

Gulf Production is expected to increase to 5Mt by the end of 2014, when the Emal Phase II expansion and other smelter projects are completed.

Saeed Fadhel Al Mazrooei, Emal CEO said: “Almost 80% of the aluminium produced in the Gulf is exported to different parts of the world, firmly placing the Gulf in a prominent position to meet both local and world demand.

“With production expected to increase from the current 750kt to 1.3Mt in less than three years, Emal is well placed to meet the growing demand.”