The company’s president and CEO, Saeed Fadhel Al Mazrooei, said that women have been leading the way as the smelter expands into one of the world’s largest single-site operations.

“It is only right that they are recognised for the vital contribution they are making to our success,” he said, adding that they are also helping to shape the economic development of the UAE.

Al Mazrooei said that Emal intends to maximise the participation of women in the workforce and empowering them through exciting employment opportunities and career development.

“We are proud that the start-up of phase ll is being led by a female engineer, a first in the Gulf region,” said Al Mazrooei.

There are a number of key female employees working for Emal. Najeeba Al Jabri, for example, is a senior manager (engineering and asset manager). Her role is to test the technological parameters of all the pots and ensure that they are operating efficiently (over 95%) a high production rate of 3.2t/pot and purity of 99.9% without compromising safety or the environment.

“I am grateful for the trust that Emal’s senior management has bestowed on me to lead the start-up of the world’s longest potline,” said Al Jabri.

She is not alone. Shaikra Al Shehhi is Emal’s senior process control engineer, responsible for checking and monitoring pot preparation. Nadera Abdulla Al Marzouqi is the smelter’s project procurement manager whose role it is to procure only the highest quality materials to meet pot standards and safeguard reliability and quality. Inaam Al Marzouqi is a special project engineer responsible for Emal’s EPCM (Engineering, Procurement and Construction Management) contractors. Her role is to monitor and supervise on-site contractors and ensure that everything is done on time and complies to Emal’s stringent safety standards.