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About Us

Who We Are

We are a company dedicated to harnessing technology to develop sovereign defense capabilities and advancing the vital national interests of the United Arab Emirates. Through the supply of innovative products and services, we aim to:

  • Revolutionise military test and evaluation;
  • Enhance military training capabilities;
  • Secure critical national infrastructure.

Houbara was formed to take on these challenges and as a strong UAE/UK Joint Venture between Middle East General Enterprises (MGE) and QinetiQ plc. It is also associated with the Emirates Defence Companies Council (EDCC), a leading UAE Defence enterprise.

What We Do

Houbara represents a local hub through which UAE customers can access QinetiQ’s worldwide resources and specialist skills. This global reach and scale ensure the capacity for the delivery of multiple products and services designed to help its customers protect, improve and advance their vital interests.

  • We exist to deliver exceptional technology and engineering solutions to support the UAE armed forces.
  • We supply world leading aerial and maritime target systems, to train and prepare the UAE military for the challenges they face every day.
  • Through access to QinetiQ’s unparalleled scientific and technological expertise, our goal is to be an agile and creative partner to our customers, by building superior skills in Test & Evaluation, Research and Development and Training and Rehearsal domains.

Why We Do It

The Houbara partnership is evidence of QinetiQ’s and the United Kingdom’s commitment to working collaboratively in the UAE.

  • We aim to collaborate, invest and develop the engineering facilities required to assure current and future operational capabilities, and to support research and development for next-generation, autonomous capabilities.,
  • We will support the UAE leaderships national vision and strategic development goals through the transfer of knowledge, investment in manufacturing capabilities and creation of career opportunities for UAE nationals.

Our Vision

To provide world-class products and services to enhance the operational effectiveness of local defence and security forces through test, evalution and training

Sovereign Capability

We are developing local Test and Evaluation facilities to assure current capabilities and reduce dependence on foreign suppliers.


We exploit disruptive technologies through collaborative applied research and experimentation to generate innovative future solutions.

Economic Diversification

We provide access to scientific and engineering expertise to support and grow the local Defence industrial base and realise economic potential.

Human Capital

We develop human and social capital, through the transfer of knowledge and the sharing of domain expertise.