United Arab Emirates

Map United Arab Emirates

Cooperation with the United Arab Emirates is based on a framework agreement entered into with the Federal Republic of Germany in 1975, shortly after the federation of seven states was formed. Since the 1990s GIZ International Services has delivered advisory services to the United Arab Emirates, particularly in the education, water, infrastructure and environmental sectors.

In 2005 our regional office for the Gulf Region moved from Dubai to Abu Dhabi, the capital of the Emirates. The office is responsible not only for the Emirates, but also for Qatar, Kuwait, Bahrain and Oman.

The United Arab Emirates was founded in December 1971 as a federation of seven emirates: Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Ajman, Fujairah, Ras al Khaimah, Sharjah and Umm al Qaiwain. With a land mass of almost 77,000 square kilometres, the Emirates are home to an estimated five million people. About three quarters of the population live in Abu Dhabi and Dubai. Foreigners account for about eighty per cent of the population.

Since major oil and gas reserves were discovered, the economy has developed swiftly, making the United Arab Emirates one of the richest countries in the world. To ensure that the country’s future success is not solely dependent on oil and gas reserves, the Emirates have consistently worked to diversify and develop other sectors including trade and services. The constantly expanding economy is proof of the success of this diversification strategy.

GIZ International Services provides advice above all in the education sector with a view to modernising the national labour market and diversifying the economy. In the priority areas of water and sanitation, as well as in the environmental and infrastructure sectors, numerous projects have already been implemented. GIZ’s main clients are the line ministries in the Emirates and other state institutions. The financing body is generally also the client and the recipient of our services.

Projects and Programmes

Office contact

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GIZ Office United Arab Emirates
Regional Director
Martin Hansen
Email: gulf.region@giz.de


Office address
GIZ Office United Arab Emirates
Fridays Building, Penthouse, Tourist Club Area
Email: jochen.renger@giz.de


Postal Address
P.O. Box 38728
Abu Dhabi
Vereinigte Arabische Emirate


Project data

GIZ in the Gulf Region