The Royal Air Force Museum has announced its official association with the United Arab Emirates Armed Forces Museum and Military History Center, subsequent to the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) at the 2013 International Defence Exhibition (IDEX) in Abu Dhabi, UAE.
The MOU was signed in the presence of the Royal Air Force Chief of Air Staff, Sir Stephen Dalton and the United Arab Emirates Armed Forces Chief of Operations, Major General Saif Musabbah Abdullah Al Musafri. The MOU will see the Royal Air Force Museum working closely with its UAE partner to support the establishment of the planned UAE Military Museum in Abu Dhabi. This spectacular project will result in a striking landmark museum building in the heart of Abu Dhabi celebrating the history and achievements of the UAE Armed Forces and will include education, research and conservation programs. The Royal Air Force Museum will supply expertise and training in a wide range of disciplines, including collections management, conservation and preservation techniques. The MOU will further reinforce the strong historical links between the United Kingdom’s Armed Forces and those of the United Arab Emirates.
Said RAF Museum Director General, Peter Dye: “The Trustees of the Royal Air Force Museum are delighted to have the opportunity to work with the UAE Museum and Military History Center which will further develop the already close links between the UAE and UK Armed Forces. This bilateral arrangement will enable key staff from both museums to exchange expertise and historical information, it will allow for the loan or artefacts, as well as the mounting of joint exhibitions. The history of the UK and UAE Armed forces is deeply entwined and it is therefore most appropriate for the two museums to work closely together. We at the RAF Museum look forward to this important collaboration and working with our UAE partner.”