From the Chairman's desk

Dear Arkan family,
Under the guidance of His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the UAE, and His Highness General Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, the government of Abu Dhabi actively supports and develops the national economy, while also shaping a future strategy focused on encouraging investments in the industrial sector, one of the main pillars of a strong and prosperous economy. The government is also focused on creating sustainable sources of income that will support the ongoing development of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi in order to withstand developments in both local and global markets. Our priority during this time has been to reshape our strategy by focusing on our core activities and disposing of the non-core investments where appropriate. We have also attempted to increase profits, rationalize expenses and cut production costs. By adopting this strategy, we have managed to increase sales volumes and improve the performance of different units within the Company. When applying and developing our new organizational structure, systems and policies, the Company did not lose sight of its responsibility as an active national participant. We were one of the first companies to launch initiatives aimed at developing the skills of UAE nationals. Accordingly, in line with its goals and strategy to support the future success of the UAE, the Company has employed a number of qualified nationals. We have been able to achieve a 20 per cent Emiratization rate despite market conditions and an increase in competitive wages in the labour market. Looking ahead, Arkan plans to develop its operations by entering into strategic alliances with globally recognized international partners such as HOBAS and Stonevue, among others. I would like to thank the Arkan management team and employees, as well as those working at affiliated plants, for their efforts and I wish them continued progress and prosperity. I am confident that we will achieve even greater successes over the years. 

H.E. Eng. Jamal Salem Al Dhaheri
Chairman of the Board of Directors