Cultural Connections Between the UK and UAE

Over the past several decades, the United Kingdom and the United Arab Emirates have worked together to establish a wide range of cross-cultural programs. British companies such as BP, Shell, and Rolls Royce have pledged considerable support to the Emirates Foundation, which sponsors initiatives in areas such as social development, the environment, society and culture, education, and research and development. Together with the UK-based Booker Prize Foundation, the Emirates Foundation launched the International Prize for Arabic Fiction. The newly established prize recognizes the accomplishments of Arabic creative writing and promotes translation of Arabic works into other languages.

In terms of British culture, the UAE has long expressed an admiration for falconry and equestrianism. In 2009, Abu Dhabi Sheikh Sultan Bin Tahnoun Al Nahyan traveled to the UK to attend the International Festival of Falconry, where he met with Prince Andrew and gifted him a white female falcon. Abu Dhabi itself also plays host to the International Hunting and Equestrian Exhibition.