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Abdulla Kalban

The CEO of Dubai Aluminium or Dubal: His company contributes around $600m to Dubai’s economy every year.

August 11, 2008 8:08 by

Kalban was appointed as CEO of state-owned Dubai Aluminium (Dubal) in 2005. He was the first UAE national to take on the role since Dubal started in 1979.
With a degree in industrial engineering from the US, Kalban joined the company in 1985 as a graduate trainee. He went to occupy several positions, including general manager of smelting operations, and the director of operations.

Dubal provides hot metal aluminium for clients in more than 44 countries, and by the year-end, the company hopes to produce around one million tonnes of the metal.

Kalban is also the chairman of the safety committee in the International Primary Aluminium Institute and the deputy chairman of the Zayed International Prize for Environment.


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