Salam Sharif, president and CEO of Sharif Metals International, delivered the welcome speech at the 21st International Recycled Aluminum Conference held in Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE) in early November 2013.
Sharif, whose company is based in Dubai and Sharjah in the UAE, says his speech involved giving “commendation to the great wisdom and farsighted leadership of the UAE, which has transformed the country from a small pearl-fishing community to one with a ‘global city’ that has steadily grown to become the business hub of the Gulf region.”
The recycling company CEO says the UAE has benefited from “major diversification programs in energy and renewable energy, industrial, construction and infrastructure, mining and metal manufacturing, financial services and hospitality and tourism—all during the last two decades.”
The welcome address also touched upon the topic of Dubai’s boom continuing during and after the Arab Spring and how the UAE and other Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) economies have “stepped up to the challenges,” with the region now considered to have one of the fastest growing economies of the world. GCC nations also can consider being the “Middle East’s aluminum hub,” said Sharif.
According to Sharif, who also is president of the Bureau of Middle East Recycling and Middle East Ambassador to the Bureau of International Recycling (BIR), the aluminum recycling event was well-attended and included a “field trip” by more than 20 delegates to a Sharif Metals aluminum recycling plant.