About Ankabut

Ankabut is the United Arab Emirates’ Advanced National Research and Education Network (NREN) offering academic institutions connectivity to other education networks around the world; is an initiative of Khalifa University and funded by ICT Fund. In addition to connecting universities, Ankabut can connect schools and public institutions together across the UAE with an effective cost model. Ankabut also co-operates on a national, GCC, regional and international arena representing the UAE in conferences, exhibitions and forums. Ankabut aims to offer QoS based networks with IPv4/IPv6, multicast and introduce advanced services on a “Closed Group Network” with “Public Interest Purposes”.


To create an opportunity for the UAE to be a global leader in Research and Education.


Provide Leading Edge Network Infrastructure to the Centres of Learning and Research within the UAE.

Ankabut provides the opportunity for collaboration between UAE education, government and industry.

Ankabut's purpose is to provide Leading Edge Network Infrastructure to centers' of Learning and Research within the UAE to foster collaboration and co-operation between them. Ankabut provides for connectivity with peers at the international level to effectively participate and collaborate in research activities. Our vision is to create an opportunity for the United Arab Emirates to be a global leader in Research and Education.

Ankabut invites Industry members to play an important collaborative role with the educational community. Participation creates unique opportunities for engagement with decision makers. Though each member’s involvement is motivated by a unique value proposition, all aim to realize the potential of research and education, and all cooperate to help shape a promising and productive UAE networking future. Corporate member’s involvement is motivated by a unique value proposition, to encourage and enhance realize advanced networking and applications to improve research and education. All cooper- ate to help shape a promising and productive future for the UAE.

Ankabut also aims to offer professional and innovative IT services with a focus on the research and educational sector. Services includes Cloud, Connectivity, IT infrastructure, manage service and professional services such as IT Consultancy, Project Management, Licenses, Training and Development.

Ankabut interconnects more than 80 tenants with a 10G backbone and 1G access links. It enables a closed community network that allows the transfer of real-time services such as voice and video communication, time-critical services such as grid computing interconnect (cloud computing), public internet services, web hosting (C panel), co- locating, Edu- roam, High Performance Computing (HPC), Learning Management System (LMS), Virtual Desktop Interface (VDI), Mozoon system and Sierra Library Management System.

Ankabut supports initiatives in the e-learning environment, library content and distribution systems and research collaboration. Ankabut believes that identifying these initiatives and offering network, processing and storage support is the best way to develop a collective collaborative approach to research and education.

What does Ankabut do
01Connects academia to advance IP networking 02Establishes a forum to discuss and encourage collaboration
03Encourages collaborative research within the UAE 04Provides a mechanism to share lectures
05Encourages inter-library access 06Increases collaboration with international universities
07Connects international institutions to home networks 08Enables applications on the IP network.