Sohar Aluminium commenced last week its 10th Anniversary celebrations by holding special events that involved the families of its Employees and Contractors as well as the community in North Al Batinah. During these events, the company, which was officially inaugurated on 29th April 2009 under the auspices of His Highness Sayyid Haitham bin Tariq Al Said, had the opportunity to express its thanks and gratitude to the families of its people by extending a special invitation to them to visit the Smelter and tour its facilities. The company also held a special event that was open to the community on Friday 26th April, at Sohar Entertainment Centre.
Throughout the four days families’ visits, the workers’ families had the opportunity to get a closer look at the company’s operations and processes. They also got to know more about the various departments’ and sections’ functions and achievements, meet their staff at a roadshow that was specially set for this occasion. The families also took part in painting three boards symbolizing their commitment to the environment, health and safety. Also, a special photo wall was installed for employees, their family members and company leaders to take photos that were printed and given to family members as memorable souvenirs of their visit. This was an opportunity for SA’s Executive Committees and Management Team to express their gratitude to the visiting families and celebrate their support. Bus tours were also organized for the visitors around the site.
Commenting on the events, Said Al Masoudi, Sohar Aluminium’s Chief Executive Officer said: “It is especially fitting that we mark Sohar Aluminium’s 10th anniversary with our employees and contractors who worked diligently to consistently deliver success and also the family members who supported them during this successful journey. We have always been deeply connected with our community and continue to seek opportunity to engage them and share our best practices with them as well. To them all, we express our deepest gratitude for their continuous support that undoubtedly made a difference and helped us to achieve many milestones over the past ten years. We will continue to contribute to Oman’s sustainable development and maximize positive impact in the community.”
The Community Event, that was attended by more than 1000 people with their children, featured quizzes and fun-filled activities for all. The attending children and their family members took part in several fun games and got the opportunity to win many prizes. The event also included awareness sessions in the form of quizzes that were presented by representatives from Sohar Aluminium marking the company’s commitment to safety, health, and the environment. Some of the attending children took to the stage and showed their talents in singing and poetry recitation. Also, as part of its commitment to support SMEs, the company invited some business owners from the surrounding communities to participate at the event.
Since its inception, the company has proved to be one of the industrial pillars in Sohar, and one of the drivers of sustainable development in the Sultanate, placing Oman on the global aluminium industry map. Ten years after its opening, the company plays an important role in the future of the aluminium industry in the Gulf region, contributing to creating investment opportunities that have boosted the industry's contribution to Oman’s GDP.
We thank all our employees for their hard work, our shareholders for their trust in us, and the government agencies and our business partners for their constant support. We are always striving to improve, develop and grow the business to ensure stable and sustainable operations for future generations to serve our beloved Oman and its loyal people under the wise leadership of His Majesty Sultan Qaboos bin Said.
Sohar Aluminium was formed in September 2004 to undertake a landmark Greenfield aluminium smelter project in the Sultanate of Oman. Inaugurated in 2009, Sohar Aluminium is jointly owned by Oman Oil Company S.A.O.C., Abu Dhabi National Energy Company PJSC (TAQA) and Rio Tinto.