Rabdan Academy has entered into a strategic memorandum of understanding with the Middle East Institute in Washington, a global research centre specialising in Middle East and North African affairs, to fortify frameworks of strategic cooperation across various research and development fields.

The signing ceremony, held at the Middle East Institute's headquarters in Washington, was attended by His Excellency Salem Saeed Al Saeedi, Vice President of Rabdan Academy, and Dr. Paul Salem, President and CEO of the Middle East Institute. Representatives from both parties, including specialised staff, researchers and academics, were also present to witness this landmark event.

His Excellency Salem Saeed Al Saeedi highlighted that this collaboration aligns with Rabdan Academy's ongoing efforts to strengthen partnerships with leading academic and research institutions worldwide. He emphasised the significance of the Middle East Institute, the oldest institution dedicated to Middle Eastern studies in Washington, and how this partnership will expand horizons and opportunities for joint research development, studies, analyses and the exchange of experiences, especially in light of the world's unprecedented digital transformation and the application of advanced artificial intelligence.

Dr. Paul Salem said: "We are grateful for the opportunity for the Middle East Institute to partner with Rabdan Academy.

“This collaboration aligns with MEI's overarching goal of building stronger and deeper partnerships with institutions from the region to further understanding of shared challenges and to promote effective and collective solutions.”

As part of this agreement, the two organisations will collaborate comprehensively to develop and publish research, studies, analyses, and solutions related to international relations, policing, security, defence, business continuity, resilience, crisis management, and more. They will also organise conferences, scientific forums, and specialised training courses in various fields, including security, police, intelligence, political, economic, military, social, and cybersecurity. Both parties will conduct training programmes to enhance the research skills of their expert networks.

The cooperation between Rabdan Academy and the Middle East Institute aims to elevate the quality and excellence of scientific research globally, leveraging their extensive network of senior researchers, academics and experts worldwide. Modern technical tools and methods will be employed in the development and management of scientific research.

Rabdan Academy is actively expanding its partnerships, both locally and globally, as part of its 2025 vision. The institution aspires to become a world-leading educational, training and research establishment in the fields of safety, security, defence, emergency preparedness and crisis management.