The GPCA Legacy Initiative and GPCA Legacy Award “Al-Rowad” (الرّواد) were launched in 2017 to recognize the pioneers of the chemical industry in the Arabian Gulf region. The Award takes place on an annual basis and honors individuals who have made extraordinary contributions to foster and strengthen the chemical industry in one or more of the GCC states.
The second edition of the GPCA Legacy Award “Al-Rowad” (الرّواد) recognized posthumously the late H.E. Abdulaziz Al Zamil, former Minister of Industry and Electricity and Chairman of SABIC (1983 – 1995), for his contributions to the growth and development of the chemical industry in Saudi Arabia and the wider Arabian Gulf region. H.E. Al Zamil was honored and distinguished as an Arabian Gulf Chemical Pioneer at a special award ceremony during the 14th Annual GPCA Forum on 4 December 2019 at Madinat Jumeirah, Dubai.