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Emirates Center for Happiness Research 

The UAE Happiness Index is one of the key national performance indictors in UAE Vision 2021 for a cohesive society and a preserved identity.

To contribute to the government’s efforts towards realizing UAE Vision 2021, the United Arab Emirates University has established the Emirates Center for Happiness Research (ECHR), to provide appropriate, effective, evidence-based and implementable methods and alternatives to enhance happiness and positivity and resolve the factors affecting them. The center will offer services to agencies and to the UAE community.


The National Space Science and Technology Center

The National Space Science and Technology Center (NSSTC) has been initiated by the UAEU and the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority, represented by the ICT Fund. Its creation is primarily motivated by the UAEU’s need to strengthen its role as a contributor of knowledge and education to the vital needs of the nation in the fields of space science and space technology and to become a significant space science and technology hub in the region. The main focuses of the NSSTC are research and development, higher education and community outreach. The priorities of the center are threefold: excellence in space science, engineering leadership in space technologies, and providing innovative solutions to societal challenges.

Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan Center for Health Sciences

Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan Center for Health Sciences has been established at the United Arab Emirates University. This world-class center will become the leading UAE Center providing a combination of research, teaching, professional development, policy analysis and consultancy for health. The Center will build on the work already undertaken at the College of Medicine, UAEU and will concentrate on high quality translational and applied research that addresses national and regional health issues.

Khalifa Center for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology

The Khalifa Center for Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology (KCGEB), hosted by the College of Food and Agriculture at the UAEU, brings together researchers whose interests are in the broad areas of Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology. Research focal areas of the Center include:

  • Genetic transformation of local plant species
  • Analytical gene quantification
  • Propagation of transgenic plants
  • Elucidating the mechanisms of action of gene products.

Roadway Transportation & Traffic Safety Research Center

Roadway, Transportation, and Traffic Safety Research Center (RTTSRC) was established in June 2004 and charged with the responsibility to serve the nation's development goals in the fields of highway engineering, transportation and traffic safety. RTTSRC is a registered consultant with the Department of Planning & Economy, Abu Dhabi Chamber of Commerce & Industry for the roadways & transportation projects, also registered as an engineering consultant with the municipalities of Abu Dhabi and Al-Ain.

UAEU Center for Public Policy and Leadership

The UAEU Center for Public Policy and Leadership aims to offer the best solutions and innovative approaches in dealing with various challenges facing the United Arab Emirates and its society, as well as to become a key partner in excellence and innovation in the fields of public policy, governance, and leadership through achieving four main objectives:

  • Conducting specialized research on various aspects of public policy and leadership.
  • Developing information bank.
  • Providing training and professional development programs for those working in the field of public policy.
  • Promoting fruitful and cooperative relationships with the community and stakeholders.

National Water Center

The National Water Center aims to support the research and service mission of the United Arab Emirates University in all areas related to water sciences. It will foster basic and applied research to serve the critical needs of the nation related to water conservation and sustainability. 

Date Palm Development Research Unit Department

The UAE Government, in the framework of its development plans, has placed the establishment of a date production industry one of its priorities. The Date Palm Tissue Culture Lab. is one of several agricultural projects managed by the United Arab Emirates University (UAEU). UAEU is proud to contribute in achieving the noble goals of His Highness, The President Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al-Nahayan.


Emirates Center for Energy and Environment Research

The scope of this Center will be broad and include:

  • Oil & Gas: Development of technologies associated with improved recovery and sustainability of the U.A.E. hydrocarbon resources covering both upstream and downstream oil and gas operations and minimization of their environmental impact.
  • Alternatives & Renewable Energy: Development of technologies associated with the production of energy from alternative and renewable sources such as solar photovoltaic, wind, bio-fuels, fuel cells, micro-grid applications, urban rooftop application, water delivery and treatment using solar applications, and others as standalone or as hybrid with conventional resources, and their small and large-scale applications in electricity and water generation, in transport, buildings, and other sectors within the U.A.E. and region.
  • Energy Efficiency: Development of more energy efficient methods for energy utilizations and mitigation of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in buildings, transport, industry, consumer electronics, domestic applications, and others.
  • Energy Policy & Studies: Comparative studies on the U.A.E., regional and world energy markets and policies, energy economics and worldwide energy demand and supply trends such as wider natural gas utilization, reduced role of nuclear energy, increased investments in solar and other renewable resources, and their related environmental issues. Also, policy trends in Europe and elsewhere and impacts of carbon taxes, international efforts related to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and its implications for the U.A.E. on mitigation of GHG emissions and reducing the carbon footprint through various means such as efficiency improvements, wider use of alternatives such as nuclear and renewable energies, namely wind and solar, carbon capture and storage, and other technologies. Also price incentives for expanded use of renewables.
May 15, 2017