UAE has been a key player in Thales’ target markets on a global scale. Present for over 45 years, Thales’ vision in the UAE is “Industry, Innovation and Education”. Our objective is to bring security, safety and growth, whilst preserving state sovereignty, providing sustainable economic development, and fostering local talent. Thales is well established in the civil market, providing security, digital security and rail signalling solutions in the UAE.
As a long-term partner of the UAE armed forces, Thales has developed its local presence in the country through numerous joint ventures and partnerships. This has allowed us to expand the local footprint, to be able to adapt and meet customer needs and, crucially, to develop talents through the means of high-level professional & academic training programmes.
Thales Emarat Technologies
Part of the Tawazun Economic Program, Thales Emarat Technologies is 100% owned by Thales Group and will focus on centres of excellence for critical systems and a variety of defence and digital aerospace technologies. Thales Emarat Technologies is the vector of our strategy to be integrated in the local Emirati industrial ecosystem in order to create value and economic impact in the short and medium term. It will provide the United Arab Emirates unique and sovereign technology capabilities in line with UAE Vision 2021.
Thales Middle East Design Centre and Digital Experience
Thales opened its very own Design Centre in Dubai in 2019, to engage Thales customers throughout the Middle East, leveraging Design Thinking to deliver projects in product/service design, digital, UX-UI, transformation, venture design, strategy and marketing.
In addition, Thales’ Digital Experience Centre showcases a significant range of Thales Digital products, solutions and experiences to a wide range of customers across all Thales domains.
Thales Cybersecurity Hub
Launched in 2018, Thales’ Cybersecurity Hub services the UAE and wider Middle East. The hub uses methodologies to drive awareness and implementation of best practices in cybersecurity and innovation in the region.
The Cybersecurity Hub partners with local start-ups and leading academics, to share best practices with customers and businesses in the region. Together, they offer their complementary capabilities to offer customers legal and technical audits and consultancy services as part of a comprehensive set of services.
Thales Underwater Training Centre
Since 2017, Thales’ Defence Service Centre supports the operations of our customers, to train and maintain local capabilities in terms of operational and tactical use.
Thales is strongly committed to contributing to the development of education in the UAE, through numerous partnerships with prestigious institutions, including:
Sorbonne University of Abu Dhabi (SUAD) in the field of Artificial Intelligence
Khalifa University Abu Dhabi in the field of Cybersecurity
Emirates Aviation University in the field of Aerospace
CERT Thales Institute, a JV with the UAE Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research
Regional office located in Dubai
A presence for over 45 years
employees to date
Sites in the UAE
Head office located in Abu Dhabi
Defence in UAE
Defence related projects account for roughly 60% of the overall activity in the Middle East, with naval systems, surveillance radars and communications of principal importance.
This sector exhibits Thales as a market leader in the fields of avionics and Air Traffic Management systems, outlining the Group’s capacity to provide a comprehensive end-to-end response to the challenges of air transport.