UK/UAE 2017

Welcome to the UK/UAE 2017 Year of Creative Collaboration, a season of arts and events in the UAE aimed at building new audiences, creating new collaborations and strengthening relationships.

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About UK/UAE 2017

Throughout 2017, the British Council will collaborate with a wide range of British and Emirati partners to create a diverse programme that spans the arts, literature, education, society, sport, science and trade. Find out more.

Fully Booked - Dubai art book fair

Fully Booked premieres in 2017 as the only art book fair in the UAE. Come and take part in the rich programme of artwork exhibitions, film screenings, workshops and talks.

Anish Kapoor: The Creative Act, A Panel Discussion

Register to attend what is bound to be a brilliant and enlightening panel discussion by Anish Kapoor.

Think Science: Sugar Science exhibition and workshops

Are you aged between 15 and 24 and interested in science and technology? If so, come along to our Sugar Science exhibition and workshops at Think Science 2017.

Tony Cragg outdoor exhibition

Join us at the free outdoor exhibition - open until 15 September 2017.

Community outreach programme at Sharjah Biennial 13

We are very happy to be collaborating on a range of community outreach events, education programmes and activities focusing on children, adults and people with disabilities that will take place in parallel to SB13. Book your place today.

Fantastic Mr Fox

Roald Dahl's Fantastic Mr. Fox Writing Competition

Budding authors (5-12 years old) can celebrate Roald Dahl’s Centenary and get their imaginations flowing by writing a story inspired by the theme: Fantastic Mr Fox in the UAE.

Sharjah Biennial 13 - New commissions by UK artists

Supported by the British Council, new commissions by Walid Siti, Oscar Murillo, Lawrence Abu Hamdan and The Otolith Group will be exhibited at the Sharjah Biennial 13, Tamawuj.

Fantastic Mr. Fox - Abu Dhabi

Fantastic Mr Fox Live comes to the Abu Dhabi! Experience the magic of Roald Dahl’s best-loved foxy tale on stage in this latest smash hit West End musical.

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Science Collaboration Symposium: Smart Cities

The Science Collaboration Symposium encourages scientific researchers to present their stimulating work and ideas for knowledge transfer related to Smart cities.

BBC Proms with BBC Symphony Orchestra with BBC Singers

Staged over four days from 21 to 24 March 2017 at Dubai Opera, we are bringing the magic of the iconic BBC Proms festival to Emirate audiences.

BBC Proms Dubai – Panel Discussion

Panel Discussion with Paul Hughes, Jasper Hope and Joanna Marsh, and chaired by Cathy Graham is set to be a brilliant and interesting event for music lovers. This event is open to the public.

Experience Economy Conference

DEAL Live by Blooloop brings together leading experts for a high quality educational briefing focusing on trends and developments in the attractions business from the region and beyond.

Accessibility and Inclusivity for Museums Workshops

Professional development workshops and talks for museum practitioners on inclusivity and accessibility in the museum environment. This is a closed event - follow us on Instagram for highlights.

Our stories

Keep up to date with the highlights from UK/UAE 2017. Whether you were able to attend our events or not, we will be sharing our best moments here for you to explore.