Core Themes for 2021 Conference

  • Stem Cell & Regenerative Medicine
  • Clinical Genetics & Genomic Medicine
  • Public Health Genomics

His Highness Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan

UAE Genetic Diseases Association (UAEGDA) and Sheikh Zayed Research Centre were founded in 2004 as a dedication to the memory of His Highness Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, founding father of the U.A.E.

Our Patron

HH Sheikh Nahyan Bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, Cabinet Member and Minister of State for Tolerance of UAE & President of UAE Genetic Diseases Association.

about uae gda

His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, Inaugurates Sheikh Zayed Research Centre in 2007

Message From The Founder and Chairperson

Welcome to UAE Genetic Diseases Association website. On behalf of the organizing committee of UAE GDA, we are happy to announce The 8th International Genetic Disorders Conference and UAE International Genetic Disorders Prevention Award 2021.

Schedule: 19-21 November 2021|Dubai|UAE

The scientific program will focus on core themes of:

  • Stem Cell & Regenerative Medicine
  • Clinical Genetics & Genomic Medicine
  • Public Health Genomics

We look forward to welcoming you to our conference.

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Dr. Maryam Matar
Dr. Maryam Matar
Founder and Chairperson
UAE Genetic Diseases Association

UAEGDA AwardS 2021

UAEGDA Conference 2021


since 2004

The first ever national campaign ‘UAE Free of Thalassemia 2012’

Legislation on a mandatory screening program for the common genetic blood disorders in 2006 aimed at identifying Thalassemia, Sickle cell anemia and G6PDH carriers in the UAE population.

Legislation on mandatory Premarital screening and neonatal screening for six most common genetic disorders.

Legislation on ban of smoking in public places in UAE

Manal – Region’s first Folic Acid prevention program for female students in universities, to support WHO campaign

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A recent cabinet decision ruling that allows unmarried women and couples to freeze their eggs in the UAE.

Largest screening campaign in the Arab world with more than 36,000 Emirati students in the age group of 18 to 26 years

Empowering the community with reliable, credible and easy-to-use information about the common genetic disorders, especially preventable disorders and share the tools and services which are:

  • Available
  • Affordable
  • Accessible

UAE GDA Milestones


Community Outreach Program
Blood Screening for genetic disorders 1114 students at Dubai Women’s College.


UAE Free of Newly Born Thalassemia Campaign.


Legislation of Premarital Screening made mandatory.


Inauguration of Sheikh Zayed Research Centre by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum.


Introduced popular screening program for Hemoglobinopathies.
Launched the 1st edition of the annual International Genetic Conference.


Arabic Magazine on Genetics – Nawah.


Folic Acid Deficiency Campaign.



Nobel laureates visit UAE GDA
Ebtisam Society and support group for cancer patients.


UAE Rare Diseases Society
Rare Diseases Excellence Awards
GCC Genomics Society Partnership with Saudi Genome Project.

Launch of Alzheimer’s Support Group
6th International Annual Genetic Conference and Awards.


Vitamin D deficiency campaign
Fragile-X Chromosome Research.

Familial hypercholesterolemia
Research for Non-communicable Diseases Alliance.


Committee of Global Commission of Rare Diseases
The 7th Conference and Awards


First Global Health Pioneer Awards.

19-21 November 2021, Dubai, UAE

UAE GDA 2021


Sheikh Zayed Genetic Research Centre
Ebtisam Society
GCC Genomics Society
Global Pharma
UAE Rare Diseases Society
UAE Stem Cells Association

United Arab Emirates Genetic Diseases Association is a nonprofit organization, and all of its return over and above operating expenses is devoted purely to scientific activities and research.