UAE-US Partnerships

Many constructive partnerships exist between UAE and US institutions in the fields of health care, education, culture, business, energy and media. These kinds of partnership provide the UAE with a combination of financial benefits and enhanced local capabilities, while enabling US institutions to expand their presence internationally. Current partnerships exist in the following categories:


New York University
New York University created “NYU Abu Dhabi,” a Middle Eastern campus of NYU and the first comprehensive liberal arts and sciences campus with a robust research component to be operated abroad by a major US university. NYU-AD admitted its first class on the new campus in 2010.

Massachusetts Institute of Technology
MIT is working with the Abu Dhabi Future Energy Company to create the Masdar Institute of Science and Technology in Abu Dhabi. The Institute, which focuses on clean energy technologies, will be the region’s first institution dedicated to research-driven graduate programs.

Boston University
Boston University and Dubai Healthcare City have opened a dental school.

Indiana University and Utah University
The two universities have partnered with Zayed University in the UAE to offer a master’s degree in public administration.

University of Pennsylvania - Wharton School
The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania has partnered with Dubai World to create the Dubai Leaders Program.

Rochester Institute of Technology
Rochester Institute of Technology welcomed its first students at a new Dubai campus in August 2008.

New York Institute of Technology (NYIT)
Since 2005, NYIT has been offering degree programs at the Center of Excellence for Applied Research and Training (CERT) Industrial Park, in Abu Dhabi. In 2007, NYIT became the first American university in the United Arab Emirates licensed by the Ministry of Education and Scientific Research.

Colorado School of Mines
Colorado School of Mines and the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company signed a 10-year agreement for the development of the Petroleum Institute in Abu Dhabi, a one-of-a-kind collaboration between industry and academia that will bring world-class educational resources and research to the Gulf.

University of Washington
The University of Washington offers four professional certificate programs in Abu Dhabi, in partnership with UAE Academy.

Harvard University
Harvard Kennedy School (HKS) and the Government of the United Arab Emirates launched the Emirates Leadership Initiative (ELI), an innovative new education program promoting educational exchanges between the UAE and US.


US-UAE Business Council
Major companies in the US and UAE have facilitated the establishment of a dedicated US-UAE Business Council, based in Washington D.C. and affiliated with the US Chamber of Commerce, to expand bilateral commercial opportunities between the two countries.

Vital Voices
Vital Voices, a Washington-based nongovernmental organization, and the US State Department has organized the MENA Businesswomen’s Network. The goal is to build a network of businesswomen, expand the number of women in business, increase the value of their businesses, advance the role of women in society, and promote a regional culture of women's entrepreneurship. Among the network’s seven founding members is the Dubai Business Women’s Council.

MGM Mirage
MGM Mirage and Dubai World signed agreements to form a long-term strategic relationship worth $5 billion. The companies will enter into a 50/50 joint venture in the landmark CityCenter development in Las Vegas and Dubai World will acquire a significant minority equity position in MGM Mirage.
MGM Mirage previously signed an agreement with Abu Dhabi’s Mubadala Development Company to create a new company to develop luxury non-gaming hotels and resorts globally, initially targeting locations in Abu Dhabi and Las Vegas.

Electronic Data Systems
Mubadala Development Company partnered with Texas-based Electronic Data Systems in a 60:40 joint venture to form Injazat Data Systems, an information technology and business process services provider serving major business and government customers in the Middle East region.

Ruwaad Holdings, a UAE-based development company, signed a licensing deal with Paramount Licensing to develop a Paramount Pictures-branded theme park in the United Arab Emirates.

Lockheed Martin
Abu Dhabi’s Mubadala Development Company and Lockheed Martin signed a memorandum of understanding to expand their strategic relationship and jointly explore opportunities for military aircraft sustainment in the United Arab Emirates.

General Electric Co.
GE and Mubadala Development Company, headquartered in Abu Dhabi, announced a framework agreement on a global partnership encompassing a broad range of initiatives including commercial finance, clean energy research and development, aviation, industry and corporate learning.

Boeing and Strata
Boeing and Mubadala Development Company, headquartered in Abu Dhabi, announced a 10 year direct contract for Strata Manufacturing, Mubadala Aerospace’s advanced composite aerostructures facility to produce commercial composite aerostructures for the 777 and 787 Dreamliner. In addition, the companies announced a strategic agreement that positions Strata to be a future supplier of the vertical fin for the Dreamliner, a major composite assembly for Boeing’s most advanced airplane program.

Kor Hotel Group
Mubadala Development Company, a business development and investment company headquartered in Abu Dhabi, and Los Angeles-based Kor Hotel Group, announced the formation of a strategic partnership through Mubadala’s acquisition of 50 percent of Kor Hotel Group. The agreement will focus on global expansion of The Tides and Viceroy brands in key gateway cities and top resort destinations.

Advanced Micro Devices (AMD)
AMD and the Advanced Technology Investment Company (ATIC), an investment company owned by the government of Abu Dhabi, announced the creation of a U.S.-headquartered, semiconductor manufacturing company to address growing demand for independent, leading-edge foundry production capabilities. The new global company will be temporarily called “The Foundry Company.” At the same time, the Mubadala Development Company will increase its current investment in AMD to 19.3 percent on a fully diluted basis.

National Geographic
National Geographic Entertainment and Imagenation Abu Dhabi have committed $100 million for the production of 15 movies and documentaries for theatrical release over the next five years.

Investing in South Carolina
In January 2008, Jafza International of Dubai announced its intention to establish a new warehouse and transportation hub in Orangeburg, South Carolina. The “greenfield” facility could involve a $600 million investment in a location with high unemployment and create as many as 5,000 new jobs.

Sports and Culture

UAE Embassy- Manchester City Football Club Partnership
The UAE Embassy in Washington, DC and the Manchester City Football club have teamed up to provide deserving children throughout America access to high quality soccer fields and complimentary instruction.

Guggenheim Museum
In 2006, the New York-based Guggenheim Museum announced a partnership with Abu Dhabi to establish a world-class museum devoted to modern and contemporary art.

New York Film Academy
Abu Dhabi signed a deal with the New York Film Academy to establish a film academy in the UAE capital.

American Swimming Coaches Association
The UAE Swimming Association signed a long-term agreement with the American Swimming Coaches Association (ASCA) aimed at lifting the sport’s profile in the UAE. The ASCA will provide Olympic-level coaches and technical staff to assist in the development of UAE swimmers and coaching staff.

American horseracing network TVG reached an agreement with Dubai Sports Channel to make TVG programming available in more than eight million homes across the Arabian Peninsula.


Occidental Petroleum
Occidental Petroleum owns 24.5 percent of the groundbreaking Dolphin Energy Project, a unique source of energy for the Southern Gulf that connects three GCC nations - the UAE, Qatar and Oman. Abu Dhabi’s Mubadala Development Company owns 51 percent of the project.

ExxonMobil signed an agreement with the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC) to receive a 28 percent undivided interest out of ADNOC's 88 percent interest in the Upper Zakum Oil Field, one of the world's largest oil fields. The UAE is the only oil producer in the Gulf region to maintain private-sector participation in the oil industry, with international oil companies holding 40 percent shares in ADNOC.

The international environmental group WWF and the Government of Abu Dhabi launched a Sustainability Strategy to validate Masdar City, the world’s first carbon-neutral, waste-free and car-free city.

ADNOC and ConocoPhillips have signed a deal to develop sour gas reserves in the UAE’s Shah field. They will jointly share the ongoing cost of front-end engineering and design (FEED) and project mobilization for the Shah Gas Field development.

Health Care

Harvard Medical International
In a joint effort by Harvard Medical International and Dubai Healthcare City, Harvard Medical School-Dubai Center was launched in 2004 as part of the government of Dubai’s mission to develop excellence for health care delivery, medical education and research.

Johns Hopkins
Johns Hopkins Medicine is managing the Tawam Hospital in Abu Dhabi. Johns Hopkins faculty members are also involved in the development of a public health doctoral program for the UAE and providing advice on preventive health care programs.

Cleveland Clinic
The Cleveland Clinic is working with Mubadala Development Company to create, manage and operate a new world-class hospital in the UAE. Cleveland Clinic also announced it will take over management of Sheikh Khalifa Medical City in Abu Dhabi, in an agreement with the Health Authority of Abu Dhabi.

Susan G. Komen for the Cure
Susan G. Komen for the Cure, in collaboration with the University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center and the US State Department’s Middle East Partnership Initiative, is developing programs with UAE women’s groups, government officials, physicians and medical organizations to raise awareness of breast cancer, and facilitate more effective outcomes in prevention and treatment.

The New England Center for Children
The leading autism center in Massachusetts signed an agreement with the Health Authority of Abu Dhabi to manage a $100 million, decade-long effort to bring cutting-edge research and treatment for autism to children and families in the UAE.

Proctor & Gamble
With the support of the UAE's Ministry of Health and Dubai's Welcare World, Procter & Gamble has launched a UAE-focused “Help Defeat Breast Cancer” campaign.

UNC School of Public Health
The UAE and the University of North Carolina’s School of Public Health have signed a two-year contract to investigate possible environmental health risks that come with being an industrialized country.

The Methodist Hospital
Methodist International, a subsidiary of The Methodist Hospital in Houston, signed an unprecedented agreement with Emaar Healthcare Group, the healthcare subsidiary of Emaar Properties, to build, operate and manage its health care centers throughout the Middle East, North Africa and Turkey.

Perot Systems
Perot Systems Corporation completed the successful roll-out of a Hospital Information System in multiple hospitals and Primary Healthcare Centres in Abu Dhabi.