Council for Australia-Arab Relations (CAAR)

  • CAAR Middle East International Speaker Dr Abdullah Baabood (Director of the Gulf Studies Centre, Qatar University)

    Dr Abdullah Baabood, Director of the Gulf Studies Centre at Qatar University, is in Australia in May 2016 as a CAAR International Speaker.

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  • CAAR delegates announced for July 2016 Australia-Middle East Journalism Exchange to Qatar and the UAE

    Four Australian journalism students will undertake a CAAR-funded journalism study tour in Qatar and the United Arab Emirates in July 2016.

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  • New CAAR Chair and Board Member

    Ms Sue Ismiel and Ms Joumanah El Matrah will commence their terms as CAAR Chair and Board Member respectively on 1 July 2016.

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  • Middle East Visiting Fellow Hayder al-Khoei

    CAAR Visiting Fellow Hayder al-Khoei will visit Australia in April 2016.

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Who we are

The Council for Australian-Arab Relations (CAAR) was established by the Australian Government in January 2003, as an initiative to strengthen ties between Australia and Arab countries.

Our mission

To promote between the peoples of Australia and the Arab world mutual interests and a greater understanding and acceptance of each other's cultures, values, beliefs and diversity.

Our strategic goals

  • to support robust professional, community and institutional linkages between Australia and the Arab world that will promote mutual understanding and project positive, accurate and contemporary images of each other's societies;
  • to promote productive partnerships between Australia and the Arab world on contemporary issues of shared interest, particularly in the fields of science, technology, the environment and social development initiatives such as health and sport;
  • to raise public and corporate awareness of the importance of the Australian-Arab relationship; and
  • to support increased business and trade between Australia and Arab countries.

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Contact us

CAAR Secretariat

Phone: (02) 6261 2090

Address: CAAR Secretariat
DFAT (MEB S4) Locked Bag 40, Kingston ACT 2604