Science and innovation are at the heart of government strategy for promoting prosperity and growth. Research and knowledge is increasingly developed and transferred through international collaboration which provides opportunities to work with the best in the world, exchange students and researchers, and gain access to large scale international facilities; leading to mutual benefits for the UK and UAE.


To promote international collaboration on Science and Innovation, the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills and the Foreign & Commonwealth Office jointly fund the UK Science and Innovation Network (SIN), over 90 officers based in 30 countries around the world.

SIN UAE work to the following global objectives:

  • Implement the UK Government’s science and innovation strategy for the Gulf with direct responsibility for the United Arab Emirates.

  • Manage the UK relationship with UAE research, innovation and funding bodies.

  • Report on UAE trends, policy and funding in the areas of research, science and innovation.

  • Provide support to senior UK Government staff and the UK research base regarding the UAE science and innovation environment; Support VIP visits.

  • Act as the first point of contact for UK Government lobbying on research, scientific and technology policy issues.

  • Work with UAE partners on the development of common science and innovation policies.

  • Develop high quality and sustainable science and innovation partnerships that focus on UK and Gulf priorities.

  • Work with UK partners - UK Trade and Industry (UKTI), British Council and others to deliver wider UK prosperity objectives.

  • Develop and maintain a network of senior level contacts across the UK and Gulf research landscape.

  • Leverage Gulf research funds to tackle pressing global challenges.

  • To support the GCC member states (Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and Qatar) in enhancing their resilience and security by addressing long-term threats, including emerging health issues and global challenges on water and food security, as well as through building their capacity to deliver evidence-based policies.

Priorities for the UAE

SIN activities in UAE are focused on the following priority thematic areas:

  • Future cities

  • Space

Our services

The Gulf Science and Innovation Network consists of four officers covering all six Gulf Cooperation Council countries, with the Head of Team leading from Doha. In the UAE, SIN is based in the British Embassy in Abu Dhabi. We work closely with DIT and Prosperity teams, as well as with the British Council in the UAE.

For an introductory brief which covers the local Science and Innovation landscape, UK priorities and activities in UAE, read the UK Science and Innovation Network Country Snapshot.


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Contact us

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Tel: +971 26101588

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