"With the onset of the Fourth Industrial Revolution, diplomacy in the 21st century has evolved. It requires more transparency, engagement, and most importantly, closer collaboration. The Abu Dhabi Diplomacy Conference aims to leverage this opportunity to address its most pressing challenges."
- H.E. Dr. Nawal Al-Hosany

About the Conference

Under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, UAE Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, this year marks the inaugural edition of Abu Dhabi Diplomacy Conference, an annual event that convenes high profile figures, thought leaders and practitioners from the fields of international politics, diplomacy, academia and the private sector.

Hosted by the Emirates Diplomatic Academy (EDA), the UAE’s leading international relations and diplomatic institution, the conference will take place from 14-15 November at The St. Regis Saadiyat Island Resort in Abu Dhabi, UAE.

The Abu Dhabi Diplomacy Conference will provide a premier interdisciplinary platform for participants to present and discuss the most recent innovations, trends and challenges, as well as practical solutions, in the field of diplomatic practice.


Sharing best practices:

A space for leading practitioners to share experience of practical solutions

Generating new ideas:

Developing new ways of enhancing the effectiveness of diplomacy


Providing an opportunity to connect with other leading experts and practitioners


Drawing on current as well as past transformations, the conference will address the following themes:

Diplomacy and Gender

How to empower female diplomats in their careers

Diplomacy and Training

What competencies diplomats need and how to train them

Diplomacy and Technology

How to use technology to enhance the impact of diplomacy

Diplomacy and Culture

How to conduct effective cultural and public diplomacy


The two-day conference will include keynote speaker sessions, interactive panel discussions and various practical workshops designed to identify effective solutions that can be implemented by ministries of foreign affairs across the globe. The Future Diplomats PeaceGame will also run throughout the event.

Attendees will comprise serving and former senior diplomats (including former foreign ministers, undersecretaries and ambassadors), directors of diplomatic academies, leading young diplomats (and trainees) from around the world and other thought leaders on diplomatic practice.

The agenda has been strategically designed to encourage mutual inspiration and fruitful debate among participants. Participants will be offered the opportunity to contribute to the conference in various capacities.

Download a copy of the PROGRAMME here


For enquiries about Abu Dhabi Diplomacy Conference 2018, kindly email
[email protected]


The event will be held at St Regis Saadiyat Abu Dhabi on 14 & 15 November 2018.
For reservations, kindly contact

Saadiyat Abu Dhabi


+971 2 498 8888 / +971 2 498 8000

Other hotels in the vicinity include: