The event, which will attract over 120 regional and global companies connected with the global aluminium industry, kicks of on Tuesday 20 November with a special workshop presented by the London Metal Exchange (LME) followed by a tour of the Qatalum aluminium smelter in Mesaled Industrial City.

Day one concludes with a reception sponsored by Qatar Petroleum and then, on days two and three, the conference will take place.

After a welcoming note from Mr Mohammed Al Sada, Qatar's minister of energy and industry, and a speech from Norsk Hydro's president and CEO, Svein Richard Brandzaeg, there will be a series of panel discussions starting with the Future Prospects of the Aluminium Industry within the GCC and continuing with presentations on how to expand local usage of aluminium and create local demand.

There will be a presentations dedicated to the challenges, difficulties and experiences of power plant, future technologies and a discussion on the effects of the Arab Spring and its impact on economic growth and infrastructure investments.

Automotive, the environment, recycling and health and safety will all be debated by senior representatives of the world's leading players in the aluminium industry including Alba, Dubal, Emal, Sohar Aluminium, Egypt Aluminium and, of course, Qatalum - and not forgetting UC Rusal and Norsk Hydro.

Leading suppliers, such as Fata Hunter and Altek Europe will also make presentations and take part - alongside other leading suppliers - in an associated exhibition.

Aluminium International Today will be in Doha for the duration of the ARABAL conference and will be reporting on highlights of the event in the Jan/Feb edition of the magazine.