United Arab Emirates

Learn about the United Arab Emirates as a partner in the Global Partnership for Education.

Partner since
GPE focal point
Board constituency
Donor 4
Pledge for 2021-2025 replenishment
Total contributions to GPE

Aid to education

In the United Arab Emirates (UAE), foreign aid policy is led by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation.

UAE foreign assistance contributes to global efforts to achieve SDG 4, including a strong focus on girls’ education. Investments are guided by the first five-year "UAE Policy for Foreign Assistance (2017–2021)" and are focused on three key pillars:

  • Women’s empowerment and protection
  • Transport and urban infrastructure
  • Technical cooperation

The United Arab Emirates is a participant in the Development Assistance Committee (DAC). In 2017, the UAE’s official development assistance (ODA) reached US$4.6 billion (1.31% of gross national income). That same year, the top recipients of its Basic Education ODA Disbursement were: Tanzania, Mexico, Philippines, Rwanda, Comoros.

Reem Bint Ebrahim Al Hashimy - Cabinet member and Minister of State for International Cooperation for the United Arab Emirates
Our vision for the future is a world built on tolerance, equality and peaceful coexistence. In order to achieve this, we must actively invest in the cultivation of these practices. To finance GPE is to fuel the engine of hope
Reem Al Hashimy
Minister of State for International Cooperation, United Arab Emirates

United Arab Emirates and GPE

The United Arab Emirates joined GPE in 2018. At the 3rd replenishment conference in Dakar, the country became the first Arab and Middle Eastern donor to GPE and pledged US$100 million.


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Last updated December 08, 2023