Some 37 schools in Abu Dhabi and Dubai have participated in ‘Engineer the Future’ since the programme began in November 2017.
More than 8,000 students participated in the 2018-2019 academic year, with more girls attending than boys.
‘UAE Vision 2021’ calls for UAE students to reach world-class attainment in science and mathematics and for the UAE to transition to a knowledge-based economy that focuses on innovation, research and development.
EGA is a major employer of STEM professionals, with more than 1,540 people working at EGA in STEM-related roles including some 500 UAE Nationals.
Abdulla Kalban, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of EGA, said: “Through hands-on learning we hope to inspire young people to study STEM subjects further and ultimately pursue careers in these important fields for our country. ‘Engineer the Future’ aims to show the impact STEM has on the development of the UAE’s industries and the growth of our knowledge-based economy.”
EGA’s ‘Engineer the Future’ programme covers the fundamental science upon which the aluminium industry is based, with lectures and practical hands-on experimentation. During the full-day sessions, students learn about electrolysis, created electrical circuits, and experiment with programming robots.
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Emirates Global Aluminium is equally-owned by Mubadala Investment Company of Abu Dhabi and the Investment Corporation of Dubai.
It is the largest industrial company in the United Arab Emirates outside the oil and gas industry, and the largest company jointly owned by the two Emirates.
EGA’s aluminium is the second largest made-in-the UAE export after oil and gas. In 2018, EGA produced 2.6 million tonnes of cast metal. EGA is the only UAE producer and makes the UAE the fifth largest aluminium producing nation in the world.
EGA has more than 350 customers in over 60 countries. Over 80 per cent of EGA’s production is value added products, one of the highest proportions of any aluminium company in the world.
EGA’s aluminium is primarily used in the construction, automotive, packaging, aerospace and electronics industries.
Over 10 per cent of EGA’s production is sold in the UAE to around 26 downstream aluminium companies that make products with EGA’s aluminium. The growing broader aluminium sector in the UAE supports 60,950 jobs.
EGA itself employs over 7,000 of these people including almost 1,200 UAE Nationals.
EGA has focused on technology development for over 25 years. EGA has used its own technology for every smelter expansion since the 1990s and has retrofitted all its older production lines. In 2016 EGA became the first UAE industrial company to licence its core industrial process technology internationally.
As a corporate citizen of the UAE, Emirates Global Aluminium aspires in all its operations to be measured amongst the world’s leading metals and mining companies in meeting its environmental and social responsibilities.
In 2017, EGA became the first Middle East headquartered company to join the Aluminium Stewardship Initiative, a global programme to foster greater sustainability and transparency in the aluminium industry.
EGA was formed in 2014 through the merger of Dubai Aluminium and Emirates Aluminium.
DUBAL’s Jebel Ali aluminium smelter began production in 1979. At almost five square kilometres, EGA’s Jebel Ali site is five times bigger than Dubai Mall.
EMAL started production in 2009 and its Al Taweelah aluminium smelter was the largest single-site aluminium smelter in the world when completed. EGA’s Al Taweelah site is five times bigger than Al Maryah Island at six square kilometres.
EGA has its own power stations at both sites, producing electricity to meet its needs. EGA’s electricity generation capacity is 5,450 megawatts, making EGA the third largest electricity generator in the UAE after the Dubai Electricity and Water Authority and the Abu Dhabi Water and Electricity Authority.
EGA also produces water through desalination units at its power plants.
Today EGA is expanding upstream and internationally to secure the natural resources the UAE’s aluminium industry needs and create new revenue streams.
EGA’s wholly-owned subsidiary Guinea Alumina Corporation is building a bauxite mine and associated export infrastructure in the Republic of Guinea in West Africa, in one of the largest greenfield investments in that country in over 40 years.
In the UAE, EGA has built the country’s first alumina refinery at Al Taweelah. The project reduces the UAE’s dependence on imported alumina and will supply 40 per cent of EGA’s needs once fully ramped-up.
For more information on EGA please visit www.ega.ae.
© Press Release 2019