Aluminium smelters in the United Arab Emirates

FCO 8/3928 1981 Jan 01 - 1981 Dec 31

This file concerns the aluminium smelter and water desalination plant operated in Dubai by Dubai Aluminium Company Limited (DUBAL). It contains files and correspondence concerning:

  • The indebtedness of DUBAL and delays in paying contractors; the risk of a loan default and the provision of a loan indulgence; and the failure of the Government of Dubai to ensure DUBAL’s financial liquidity due to the ill health of the Ruler Sheikh Rashid Bin Saeed Al Maktoum
  • Guarantees extended by the UK's Export Credits Guarantee Department
  • The question of how Dubai's Minister of Finance and chairman of DUBAL Sheikh Hamdan Bin Rashid Al Maktoum will maintain the company's funding
  • An accident at the Dubai smelter causing delays to production, for which Hawker Siddeley Group were partly responsible
  • Construction problems at the smelter
  • The provision of gas from Abu Dhabi for DUBAL
  • DUBAL’s plans to increase aluminium production and desalination capacity, and to begin salt production

This file also concerns:

  • Proposals for the establishment of an aluminium smelter in Abu Dhabi by Southwire Company and George Wimpey Limited
  • Interest in constructing smelters in Oman and Qatar