Welcome to Alumina 2024, the 12th AQW Conference and Exhibition, to be held at the Grand Hyatt Dubai luxury resort hotel with the generous support of our Diamond sponsor and host, Emirates Global Aluminium and our other generous sponsors.

Experience the world-leading technical program with over 60 oral papers, and plenary lectures from respected thought-leaders from academia, industry and beyond, keynote presentations from well-regarded experts, and an extensive industry exhibition. The first AQW symposium to be held outside Australia will deliver the trademark scope, quality, and networking vibrancy that our delegates, sponsors, and exhibitors have always enjoyed.

Alumina 2024 will feature the opportunities for networking and discovery that have always been central to the AQW symposia, with opportunities to interact during and after the sessions every day, at social functions, and by sharing spaces and accommodation at the Venue. The vital technologies and products of our Exhibitors help drive us forward in operational efficiency, safety and environmental performance, and to meeting our long-term sustainability goals.

Three evening social events have been organized for time to unwind and encourage conversation, with delicious cuisine and an opportunity to take in some of the iconic sights of Dubai. The Welcome Reception and Gala Conference dinner are included in your registration package, but please join us for the special social event on Tuesday night. We promise it will be a night to remember!

Industry workshops are central to the role of AQW - it's right there in the name! Continuing that tradition, this year’s workshop addresses a theme one of critical current importance – the challenges and knowledge gaps in adapting existing refineries for emission reduction technologies required to achieve Net Zero in alumina refining. Our industry is experiencing revolutionary change as we evolve into a more sustainable future, and it is critical to prepare for it as best we can. We all have a part to play in this, and your contribution could be the key to success. This watershed event, sponsored by the IAI will draw together the industry’s leading technical minds to define the major challenges and identify the initiatives required for a successful transition of our industry to a carbon-free future. Please register early to be part of this major event.

A key objective of AQW Inc. is to "foster and encourage education in fields of endeavour that contribute to the long-term success and sustainability of the bauxite/alumina industry". Accordingly, we will offer financial assistance for students to attend, to present their work and to engage in activities that encourage their involvement in the future of bauxite/alumina. An innovation that we are trialling at this conference, with the aid of AQW’s Education Officers, is the introduction of a mentor program for all students attending the conference. If you are a seasoned alumina professional and are willing to mentor a student at the conference, introduce them to other industry experts and companies and generally make them feel welcome in our Industry, please let us know by email to info@aqw.com.au.

Technical tours are one of the highlights of any industry conference and have been a staple of all AQW symposia since the first in Gladstone, Queensland Australia in 1988. Alumina 2024’s tours will encompass both the Al Taweelah alumina refinery and the smelter, showcasing some of the most advanced technologies in the business. As always, places are limited and selling fast, so make sure you register your interest soon.

We have partnered with other important industry bodies to maximise the benefits of your trip to Dubai. The International Aluminium Institute and the HILT Cooperative Research Centre will both have a presence, and we have scheduled our events to make sure that delegates can participate in their events without compromising on any part of Alumina 2024. Check out the Concurrent Meetings page for more information or visit the IAI and HILT CRC web sites.

Finally, we scoured the city for a venue that could offer everything we felt was needed for a first-class conference and provide adequate exhibition space, and the Grand Hyatt certainly does that. We have negotiated with the Hyatt to bring you the best possible value and we highly encourage you to take advantage of the limited number rooms we have reserved. If you miss out, our Conference Organiser can assist you to find quality accommodation nearby – but be aware that you will need to take care of your daily transportation to and from the venue yourself.

For assistance, email alumina2024@wearemci.com or call +971 4 311 6300.

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