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British companies and organisations have been strong supporters of the work of the Emirates Foundation established in 2005 to support important long-term initiatives across the UAE in the areas of education, society and culture, research and development, social development, and the environment.

Over the years UK donors and partners of the Emirates foundation have included BP, Shell, the British Council, Carillion, International Power, Rolls Royce and the British Embassy.

The Emirates Foundation and the UK's Booker Prize Foundation launched the International Prize for Arabic Fiction in April 2007. The prize, specifically for prose literature, aims to reward excellence in contemporary Arabic creative writing, to encourage wider readership of quality Arabic literature in the region and internationally, and to encourage translation and publication of Arabic language literature into other major languages.

Furthermore, in June 2009, the Sheikh Zayed Book Award announced a strategic partnership with the Middle East Centre at the University of Oxford. The Sheikh Zayed Book Award, established under the patronage of the Abu Dhabi Authority for Culture and Heritage, is presented every year to outstanding Arab writers, intellectuals, publishers as well as young talent whose writings and translations of humanities have scholarly and objectively enriched Arab cultural, literary and social life.

A number of other UK universities have a presence in the UAE. For example, Bolton University and Stirling University have campuses in Ras Al-Khaimah. Herriot-Watt University, Strathclyde University, and Middlesex University have outlets in Dubai.

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