A nation without a past is a nation without a present or a future

Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan al Nayhan



An international conference and a research programme to review the past, the present, and the future. The conference, and subsequent research programme, are part of a dynamic project focusing on the part the Constitution has played in the social, economic, and political life of the UAE, and will also reflect on its potential contribution for the next half-century.



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The two-day event in partnership with NYU Abu Dhabi will convene up to 20 speakers and commentators, bringing together scholars, historians, lawyers, and politicians from the UAE and internationally.


Taking place on 22nd and 23rd November 2021 at NYU Abu Dhabi, this unique and engaging event will be broadcast online but will also embrace post conference publications, online exhibitions of photographs, documents and interviews, and a gallery devoted to subjects of historical interest will be established in collaboration with local museums.

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At the heart of the programme will be the achievements of the United Arab Emirates, their political and economic prosperity and their progress from the origins of the Trucial States to the present day,  celebrating a notable presence on the world stage.

The events will include a major international conference and other ongoing research projects that will offer exclusive insights into the UAE’s administrative and business sectors. UAE50 will also deliver educational opportunities including exchange programmes, civic education projects and, with a focus on the next generation of leaders, promote strong cultural and educational relationships between the UK and the UAE.



Learn more about the conference programme and  the  opportunities to collaborate and contribute. Interested to find out more on how you can share your own stories from the past 50 years?


Join with OCC and share your part in the evolving history of the UAE, celebrate the many ways its constitution has led to the outstanding development of the Emirates over the past five decades. Click below and view our first Sands of Time webinar recording.