About Saab in UAE
Saab has a long history in the UAE and is on a growth journey in the country. We have made significant contributions to the local industry and pride ourselves on playing a central role in the UAE’s growth in the sector. As a local, home-grown company, we are committed to Emiratisation by supporting and developing local talents.
We are growing this company efficiently, developing advanced technologies, growing our local supply chain, and increasing the number of Emirati employees. Saab in the UAE is partnering with government, defence and security organizations and academic institutions to drive meaningful change to the UAE’s defence and high-tech industry landscape. This is why we’re calling for the adoption of a triple helix model of innovation to drive greater collaboration between government, industry, and academia.
Proud history, great future
Saab’s business operations in the UAE date back to the 1980s. Our offering is broad and consists of complex systems involving extensive research and development as well as services. We develop and manufacture systems that are at the forefront of technology.
In 2018, we took an important step forward on our growth journey in the UAE with the creation of Saab Ltd, a wholly Saab owned company based in Abu Dhabi. Our facility in Abu Dhabi’s Tawazun Industrial Park (TIP) serves as a centre for development and production of a variety of defence and security products.
Together with Gulf Air Space Co LLC (GACO) Saab has a joint venture in the country; Saab Middle East LLC, where GACO owns 51 percent and Saab the remaining 49 percent.
Saab and Emiratisation
Saab is growing Emirati talent and provides UAE nationals a rewarding career path, enabling them to positively contribute to the country.
We are a true local player with a long track record in the UAE and will have a number of training programs to develop UAE talent, which includes building engineering skills and creating high-tech jobs in the country.
Saab’s participation in SEEDS (Sustain & Enhance Emiratisation in Defence and Security), an initiative created by the UAE defence and security industry enabler Tawazun Economic Council, gives Emirati trainees the opportunity to work alongside global experts and receive hands-on experience at the company’s facilities in Sweden ahead of taking full-time roles at the company’s facilities in the UAE.
Another example is the Young Emirati Women for Success (YES).
The YES mentorship program is organized in collaboration with the Nordic Embassies in the UAE, wherein Nordic professionals mentor young Emirati women. The YES program aims to upscale Emirati women’s presence in the professional environment and help them excel in their career.