UK/UAE 2017: A Year of Creative Collaboration between the United Kingdom and the United Arab Emirates


  • HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces
  • HRH The Prince of Wales

Throughout 2017, the British Council will collaborate with a wide range of British and Emirati partners to create a diverse programme of activities featuring events and projects in the arts, literature, education, society, sport, science and trade.

The Year of Creative Collaboration aims to increase the visibility of the UK in the UAE and vice versa in order to give greater focus, depth and contemporary relevance to the long-standing relationship between our two nations. The unique cultural programme will strengthen existing relationships and broker new ones between our people, institutions and businesses.

We will explore the role culture plays in shaping the societies of tomorrow. Through an innovative programme of high quality projects, we will stimulate and inspire the next generation and look towards future collaboration between the UK and the UAE.

Creativity and innovation

Creativity and innovation run through the entire programme: we will explore the ways in which our respective cultural heritage and contemporary creative expression inspires innovation in all sectors and all areas of society. 

By animating public spaces with innovative work by UK-based artists and cultural organisations, we hope to engage, delight and inspire people from across the UAE.