The Academy is a government-owned world class education institution established to coordinate and enhance learning outcomes for organisations and individuals in the safety, security, defence, emergency preparedness and crisis management sectors.

Rabdan Academy was officially established under Law No. 7 for 2013, issued by the late H.H. Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan and is accredited by the UAE’s Commission for Academic Accreditation (CAA) of the Ministry of Education.

The Academy is the first in UAE to provide learning in a dual approach, combining academic and vocational education in one place whilst recognizing prior learning and experience and providing accredited and transferable credit from course to course and job to job.

The Rabd Horses:

The definition of Rabd horses:

The Rabd horse is one of the most famous Arabian horses. Rabd is the plural of the feminine noun (Rabdaa) and the masculine noun (Arbad). It is derived from the word (Rabda) which means a dusty black color.

The reason for the naming:

The horses were named with this word because the first person to own a horse from this bloodline chased an ostrich while riding on its back and caught it. The ostrich was described as rabdaa with this mixed black color, which can be found on many horses. Hence, they are described as Rabda horses.


Their characteristics:

These horses are known for their high speed, small hooves and strong legs, which are similar to ostrich legs. Moreover, they move in a light manner, which helps in improving their riders’ skills.


The Rabd Horses bloodline:


The Rabd horses are from the Kuheilat bloodline. The singular of this word is kuheila, and it is one of the oldest, inveterate, purebred and honorable Arabian horses.

The Rabdan bloodline continues to be one of the most famous Arab horse pedigrees in the world renowned for their speed and success at winning races.

There are many poems that described the qualities which make them and their bloodline the best Arabian horses known in the region.

In the light of the above, the name of Rabdan was chosen to be the official name of the Academy: (Rabdan Academy)

Rabdan Academy at the forefront of collaborative training and education for a cadre of safety, security, defense, emergency preparedness, and crisis management (SSDEC) specialists. This integration and co-ordination of education and training opportunities, capabilities and standards, in a cohesive and world-class environment, will result in a continuously improving capability for the protection of the nation.

Building a highly professional and confident generation of UAE nationals is central to the mission of the Academy. The Assessment Centre of the Academy looks at a learner’s education and training history, acknowledges their prior learning and work experiences, and gives course credit for students who hold existing knowledge or experience. Prior learning is recognized and contributes to the achievement of higher level qualifications.

Programs are designed to fast-track high achieving individuals to allow a more rapid progression through their professional careers. Flexible course design creates multiple entry and exit points for students. This means they can put their study ‘on hold’ to meet their operational requirements and then return to study later without losing any credits.