Mubadala Development Company and Boeing recently agreed to work together in an effort to establish innovative research and development (R&D) projects to advance aerospace manufacturing capabilities in the UAE.
The five-year agreement between the Abu Dhabi based investment and development company and Boeing ensures that Boeing will have access to Mubadala 's existing R&D ecosystem. The partnership allows Boeing admittance to the Aerospace Research and Innovation Center (ARIC) at Khalifa University and the Masdar Institute of Science and Technology.
Researchers will begin projects in the areas of robotics and aircraft assembly. Moving forward, projects completed by the R&D teams will support the ongoing work within the UAE with the objective to offer the most value for Boeing, Mubadala and
Mubadala-subsidiary Strata Manufacturing, a progressive compound aerostructures manufacturer based in Al Ain.
“Today's agreement strengthens our longstanding relationship with Boeing and provides a platform for continued innovation,” Homaid Al Shemmari, chief executive officer for aerospace and engineering services at Mubadala, said. “As we look to support Abu Dhabi's economic diversification efforts and build a knowledge-based economy across the UAE, the development of new technology is crucial for a long-term sustainable industry. This agreement positions us for further collaboration in R&D, especially as Strata steadily matures its business with Boeing .”
Strata has a goal to become a top global aerospace supplier, and the R&D collaboration between Mubadala and Boeing will support the technology and proficiency road map to realizing that objective.
“Innovation and technology are woven into the fabric of our industry and Boeing 's DNA,” Boeing Middle East President Bernard Dunn said. “We are working with Abu Dhabi leaders to support development of a global aerospace hub in Abu Dhabi.”