Core Themes for 2021 Conference

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


United Arab Emirates Genetic Diseases Association is a nonprofit organization established under the patronage of H.H. Sheikh Nahyan Bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, Cabinet Member and Minister of State for Tolerance of UAE, whose aim is to reduce the genetic disease burden on the UAE population through effective prevention programs, and all its return over and above operating expenses is devoted purely to scientific activities and research.


To be a Pioneer in preventive program for common genetic disorders in UAE and the region


Strive to reduce the prevalence and impact of common genetic disorders in the UAE through preventative awareness programs, screening based on research studies and knowledge sharing, conducted by experts in the field using the most innovative and cost-effective.

UAE Genetic Diseases Association

Indirect Cost Policy

Indirect costs are general overhead and administration expenses that support the entire operations of a partner and that may be shared across projects. Examples include facilities expenses, e.g. rent, utilities, equipment for the partner’s headquarters, associated information systems and support and administrative staff such as HR, general finance, accounting, IT, and legal. While these costs may not be directly attributable to a project, they are real and necessary to operate as an organization.

Indirect Cost Rate

As a general policy, the indirect cost rate of the UAE Genetic Disease Association is maximum 5% (budgeted indirect costs/budgeted total direct costs). This maximum rate applies to the funds received by the UAEGDA and to the research funds that UAEGDA provides to other institutions.

UAE GDA Objectives

  • Increase awareness of the common genetic disorders in the UAE and the region
  • 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
  • Promote “Women in STEM” through action-led and sustained programs and initiatives
  • Establish comprehensive proposals on new findings which support/recommend
    • New Legislations
    • Human Resources Requirements
    • Education curriculum across the nation
  • Establish a reference database of genetic disorders on evidence-based research conducted in collaboration with our regional and international research partners.

UAE GDA Ambassadors

Hussain Al Jasmi
Arabian Singer & Doctor

Sheikha Azza Bint Abdullah Al Nuaimi
Director-General of the Humaid Bin Rashid Al Nuaimi Charity Foundation

Fayez Al Saeed
Emirati singer and composer


Harald Zur Hausen

Harald Zur Hausen

Jean Marie Lehn

Jean-Marie Lehn

Ferid Murad

Ferid Murad

Michel Hartmut

Michel Hartmut

Robert Huber

Robert Huber

In 2012, UAE GDA received a massive vote of support from Noble Laureates who visited our facility.

“UAE GDA is a spot of light in Arab world” was the message of these esteemed scientists