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Thales in United Arab Emirates


Thales has been present in the UAE for over 45 years, providing customers with technologically advanced solutions in Defence and Security, Digital Identity and Security, Aerospace, and Space industries.

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Local cooperation

As a long-term partner, Thales has been supporting industrial development and innovation in the country, in line with the country’s vision. It has developed its  presence in-country through numerous joint ventures,  partnerships and local units, including those which focus on developing in-country talent through the means of high-level professional and academic training programmes.  

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Thales Emarat Technologies

Part of the Tawazun Economic Program, Thales Emarat Technologies (TET) is a fully-owned Thales Group entity that was established in 2019 to boost localization and the development of Emirati talent. It houses centres of excellence for critical systems and a variety of defence and digital aerospace technologies. Since its establishment in 2019, Tawazun Economic Council and TET have launched the Radar Centre of Excellence, the Defence Services Center and Digital Center of Excellence. 


Thales opened doors to its very own Design Centre in Dubai in 2019, to cater to the needs of clients throughout the Middle East. The team, which pulls together experts in product/ service design, digital transformation, UX-UI, venture design, strategy and marketing, works with the customers to create innovative solutions to unique problems. 

Additionally, the Thales’ Digital Experience Center showcases a robust range of Thales digital products, solutions and experiences.

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Defence & Security

Thales has been providing defence solutions to the country for over four decades. The main products include electronic systems for different platforms across all domains – Land, Sea, Air, Space – such as sonars, radars, sensors, optronics, communication systems and other innovative embedded electronics, as well as tailor-made solutions for training, services and integration.

In 2022, Thales and RUAG Simulation &Training merged to provide advanced solutions and services for combat readiness of land forces. This strategic integration will accelerate the move towards developing more efficient and digital training solutions for the military.

Amongst other technologies, Thales equips UAE’s Rafale combat aircraft with multi-sensor capability systems. These systems represent around 25% of the total value of the Rafale.


Thales has been a strategic partner for the space industry since 2007, when the ’Yahsat’ dual-satellites, Y1A & Y1B, were designed, manufactured and integrated by a consortium of Astrium and Thales Alenia Space. These were successfully launched in 2011 and 2012 respectively, and the systems have been operational since. The company has also been supporting the satellites with advance ground segment solutions such as Network Management Systems and high security modems.

In December 2020, the Earth observation satellite, FalconEye, was successfully launched. Thales Alenia Space designed and supplied the optical instrument and the image processing chain.



Thales has supplied the UAE with some of the most advanced security and telecommunication systems on the planet. Thales bolsters the security at Dubai International Airport Terminal 3 Concourse A and B with ultra-modern communication and systems that are fully interlinked and connect the 600,000m² building with end-to-end security. 

In 2020, aligned with the country’s vision for smart transformation, The Dubai Electronic Security Center (DESC) signed an agreement with Thales to operate and manage a Cyber Innovation Park, dedicated to cyber security training. These are now activated as Cyber Nodes.

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As market leaders in the fields of Avionics and Air Traffic Management , Thales provides a comprehensive end-to-end response to the air transport challenges that the industry faces. Thales proudly supplies ATM and navigation systems for Abu Dhabi International Airport and Dubai International Airport, as well as air traffic radars to the country.  

In the air, Thales is a trusted IFE provider for the country’s fast growing national carriers, and the exclusive IFE provider for Emirate’s Boeing 777X fleet. On ground, Thales remains committed to creating the next generation of aviation experts through sustained knowledge exchange programmes with Emirates Aviation University, Aviation X Lab and Discovery Dubai. 

Digital Identity and Security

Thales identity management and data protection technologies help banks exchange funds, people cross borders, energy become smarter and much more. Organizations in the UAE rely on Thales solutions to verify the identities of people and things, grant access to digital services, analyze vast quantities of information and encrypt data.

As companies around the world are in the midst of a digital transformation, innovative Thales identity and security solutions are becoming integral to continued operations.

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Events for UAE

Thales regularly participates in local events in the UAE to showcase its expertise and meet clients in the region. Whether you are interested in defence, digital identity and security, aerospace or other market specific solutions, there should be a date and a place to meet us.

Careers at Thales in UAE

At Thales, we create an inclusive, diverse and flexible work environment to develop your talent without limits, helping us to build tomorrow’s world.


Thales in UAE 
Buidling 9W – Floor 6
DAFZA – Dubai – U.A.E
P.O. Box 54339
Phone: +971 4 601 8550

Thales Emarat Technologies
FAC52/2, Workshop 21, Zone 2,
Al Shahama, Al Ajban, Tawazun Industrial Park
Abu Dhabi - UAE
Phone: +971 2 877 1419