Drawn picture; 2 people sit next to each other, inbetween them plays a radio Tobias Schrank © Goethe-Institut

Time to Listen

The project “Time to Listen” presents a collection of stories – told by narrators from all genres of art, from all over the world.

Germany is Guest of Honor at the Abu Dhabi International Book Fair

You are invited to join us for a series of talks, discussions, workshops and films which take place at the German stand in Hall 8 B05 at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Center (ADNEC) from May 23–29, 2022. We are looking forward to welcoming you!

Goethe ©Goethe


A Literary Genius and a man with many hats


Get ready for the first edition of the GULF GERMAN FILM FESTIVAL in Oman and a riveting program of recent German cinema and international co-productions, ranging from art-house films to box-office hits, and from family matinees to late-night movies. The star-studded event invites an audience of all stripes.

Art & Migration © Mohamed Somji

Love | Labour | Leisure

The majority of the population in the Gulf Region are foreigners. While some expats or migrants enjoy a decent standard of living, menial work is exclusively done by migrant workers from South Asia, Africa and the Philippines. We see these migrant workers on construction sites or as service providers. Where do they go after a long working day? How do they spend their sparce leisure time?


Is the new multimedia online magazine of the Goethe-Instituts in the North Africa and Middle East region.

KEY VISUAL Literature plattform targmat:na purple/beige with letters (c) Goethe-Institut Kairo


The literature portal targmat:na presents a selection of new books in German that are recommended by an expert jury for translation into Arabic.

Jeem Logo © Jeem

JEEM.ME is a website about gender, sex and sexuality in Arabic-speaking countries, which provides users with information, articles and stories in Arabic.

Past projects

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Building Beats – DJ-ing and Music Production Workshop

The dynamism and innovation of the electro scenes in Berlin and Paris need no introduction. In a workshop in December 2019 artists from France and Germany shared their talent and technique with youth and adults devoted to the discovery of electronic music production and DJing. Brought to you by Warehouse421, the German Embassy, the Goethe-Institute and the French Institute of the UAE and curated by Your Mom’s Agency. 

TFF © Goethe-Institut/Nizar Shorbagi

Film Festival

Under the Patronage of H.E. Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, Minister of Tolerance of the United Arab Emirates, in celebration of the “Year of Tolerance 2019”, the German Embassy in cooperation with the Goethe-Institut show a series of films revolving around different aspects of tolerance. Enjoy with us some interesting documentaries, feature films and comedies.

Experience Richard Wagner – A Symposium in Abu Dhabi ©Goethe-Institut/Nizar Shorbagi

Experience Richard Wagner - Ein Symposium in Abu Dhabi

Exciting news: The world-renowned Bayreuth Festival is bringing The Valkyrie, the second opera of Richard’ Wagner’s Ring Cycle, to the UAE. Meet the Germanic superheroes Wotan, Fricka, Siegmund, Sieglinde in a performance, organized by the Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi. Experience Richard Wagner’s work at a symposium and film program.

Bundespräsident Richard von Weizsäcker und Sheikh Zayed © Bundesarchiv, B145 Bild 00007499 / Fotograf: Ulrich Wienke

YEAR OF ZAYED Special Issue DiscoverME

German magazine DiscoverME in collaboration with the Goethe-Institut in Abu Dhabi have published a special issue “YEAR OF ZAYED” dedicated to the German-Emirati relations, with a focus on the lifetime and governance of Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan.

Boys reading © UAEBBY

Books - Made in UAE

The project Books – Made in UAE supports the development of a sustainable local children’s book industry by training young and aspiring authors and illustrators in the creative process of producing children’s books in Emirati Arabic language.

Artist in Residence program © Stal Gallery, Muscat, Oman

Artist in Residence program

The Artist in Residence program fosters the development of the Omani art scene, and its outreach activities provide the guest artists with excellent preconditions to getting acquainted with Omani artists, culture and society.