Our Partners

The United Nations Development Programme has been operational in the UAE since 1977. Since then, it has been working closely to create strong partnerships with its Emirati counterparts on the development of nationally owned projects. The UAE Office is also responsible for UNDP's operations in Qatar and Oman.

UNDP UAE is managed by the Regional Bureau for Arab States based in UNDP headquarters in New York. The office is headed by the UNDP Resident Representative, who also serves as the UN Resident Coordinator (UN-RC), representing the Secretary General of the United Nations and is responsible for the operational activities of the UN system at country level.

This country programme is fully funded by the UAE Government, and gives the UAE its status as a Net Contributing Country (NCC), as are all the other GCC countries that have UNDP offices (Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and Kuwait).

The UNDP office also supports the work of the entire UN Country Team in the UAE by serving as the Secretariat to the United Nations Resident Coordinator's office in the UAE. UNDP organises UN Country Team (UNCT) monthly meetings; coordinates joint UNCT events, and facilitates the work of the non-resident agencies by hosting visiting delegations that come to the UAE.

This support that UNDP provides to the work of the UN Country Team in the UAE is in line with recent progress in one of the key structural aspects of UN reform which is to bring coherence and cohesion to United Nations activities at the country level. The UN Development Group, which includes the various UN funds, programmes, agencies, departments, and offices that play a role in development, agreed in September 2008 on a new management and accountability system for the UN Development and Resident Coordinator System. This agreement confirms the role of UNDP as the manager of the RC system.

UNDP’s partnership with federal and emirate authorities is a key element in mobilising financial resources for successful implementation of the technical cooperation initiatives in the UAE. Equally important is the forging of strong partnerships with key national charity organisations; namely the Red Crescent and the Zayed Foundation, as well as with the private sector for mobilising resources for UNDP in other countries. Under the second CCF, UNDP facilitated the funding of projects in several countries to the tune of US$10M.

The synchronisation of UNDP’s activities in the UAE with regional programmes such as Women Parliamentarian (UNIFEM), HIV/AIDS-HARPAS, and connections with the resources and expertise within UNDP, means that regional advisors and commissions offer significant opportunities to increase the impact of UNDP’s efforts and strengthen UNDP credibility as a source of development expertise.

Partnerships will continue to be central to the success of the CP. 

Building on the achievements of the previous CCF in initiating new partnerships, UNDP will focus on strengthening existing partnerships with government institutions, parliament, NGOs, the private sector, bilateral donors and academic institutions.

List of UNDP Counterpart  in UAE & Qatar


  •  Dubai Supreme Council of Energy
  •  Dubai Electricity and Water Authority
  •  Dubai Carbon Center of Excellence
  •  Department of Economic Development Abu Dhabi
  •  Ministry of Economy
  •  Ministry of Development and International Cooperation
  •  Ministry of Culture, Youth and Community Development
  •  United Arab Emirates University
  •  Ministry of foreign affairs
  •  Ministry of Social Affairs
  •  Emirates competitive council
  •  Abu Dhabi Statistics Center
  •  Ministry of Development and International Cooperation
  •  National Bureau of Statistics


  • General Secretariat for Development Planning

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