H.E. Dr Abdulla Al Mandous / Director of National Center of Meteorology

Dr. Abdulla Al Mandous is the President of World Meteorological Organization’s Region Association for Asia (RA II) since 2017 and the Permanent Representative of United Arab Emirates to World Meteorological Organization. He currently serves as the Executive Director of the UAE National Center for Meteorology (NCM).

From 2005 to 2007, Dr. Al Mandous worked as the Director of Atmospheric Studies Department in the Ministry of Presidential Affairs. From 2000 to 2004, he was the Head of Forecasting Section and Deputy Director of the Department of Water Resources studies, a part of the office of HH the President of the UAE. During the same period, he worked as a Deputy Director of the National Project for the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), and he was also in charge of a rain enhancement project in UAE in cooperation with the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR), USA. Previously, he worked as a weather forecaster at the Al Dhafra Airbase, UAE in the period from 1990 to 1998. From 1999 to 2000, he was the Chief Forecaster at the Al Dhafra base.

Dr. Al Mandous led the establishment of a national network of automatic weather monitoring stations, a national network of seismic monitoring stations, and a national network of weather radar stations covering all the UAE. In addition, he has established a comprehensive climate database and seismic database for the country. He has also contributed to the development of high precision Numerical Weather Predictions and simulation software in the UAE. He has developed the organizational structure and regulations for the NCM. Furthermore, he actively implemented an Emiratization policy plan, which raised the percentage of Nationals employed by the NCM to approximately 60% of the total workforce.

In 2011, he received the Community Service CEO Excellence Award at the 8th Middle East CEO of the Year Awards.

Dr. Al Mandous was awarded a PhD in Meteorology Sciences from University of Belgrade in Serbia in 2012. He obtained his Master’s Degree in Meteorology from the University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg in South Africa in 2005, and his Bachelor Degree in Meteorology from the University of Saint Louis in the United States of America in 1989.