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BIg PLAYER WITH gLOBAL PRESEncE
Founded in 1988 and headquartered in Dammam, Al Qaryan
Group specialises in metal recycling. It has positioned itself as
‘one of the leading’ metal trading, processing and recycling
companies in the Middle East, and one ‘with a global pres-
The company initially diversified its business into transportation
and logistics, shipping and general contracting. Although the
group is investing in the petrochemical industry, it says the main
focus is – and always will be – metals recycling and steelmaking.
Al Qaryan has consolidated its core business by setting up
metal recycling plants for ferrous and non-ferrous, including
copper and steel. In addition, it operates an e-waste recycling
facility and claims to have successfully undertaken complex
demolition projects and recycling contracts, while also provid-
ing waste management services.
Total group production of scrap is estimated at more than 700
000 tonnes per year, of which 500 000 tonnes is ferrous and 140
000 tonnes non-ferrous. The company is owned and managed
by Mohammed Qaryan Al Qahtani, who is the chairman, and his
brother and ceo Hamood Qaryan Al Qahtani.
Sofyan Bani Hani (left) and Gener Delfino.
Entrance of one of the company’s 13 yards.
Checkpoint at the gate of Scrap Metal City.
overhead is tolerable. But in the hot
summer months from April to
October, when temperatures can easi-
ly climb to 50C, scrap workers are not
allowed to work during the hottest
part of the day. Instead, they work at
night and stay inside their air-condi-
tioned cabins during the day.
DADES In DAMMAM
From Scrap Metal City it is 350 km fur-
ther east to Saudi Arabia’s port city
Dammam on the Persian Gulf. It’s here
that Al Qaryan has its biggest yards
and also its steel plant.
At the company’s headquarters, I am
welcomed by Gener Delfino, the com-
pany’s commercial manager, who
offers Arabic coffee and fresh local
dates. A Filipino, he has worked for Al
Qaryan for 19 years.
The operations manager is Sofyan
Bani Hani from Jordan who joined the
firm in 2016. He has seen the business
become more ‘service-oriented’ as
well as more challenging. ‘Especially
in non-ferrous, you have to make sure
you stay ahead of your competitors in
difficult market conditions.’
Despite these challenges, Al Qaryan
has maintained its strong presence in
the market. ‘We have as many as 200
trucks on the road, from the extreme
east of the country to the extreme
west, and still have to outsource part
of the shipments,’ he says.
Bani Hani is happy with the Vision
2030 campaign launched by the
Government to reduce the country’s
dependency on oil and diversify its
economic resources. ‘For us, recyclers,
it nothing new. Isn’t that what recy-
clers have been doing for so long
now, to boost sustainability and circu-
Vision 2030 can certainly help recy-
cling get more attention, he believes.
‘Enforcement by the government
gives our sector more power – and
that’s good news.’
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