APCO Worldwide has signed on to provide strategic communications services for the Technology Innovation Institute of Abu Dhabi.

The Oct. 20 agreement with the Institute calls for the independent DC-based firm to promote its technological and scientific innovations and to highlight Abu Dhabi and the wider United Arab Emirates as a key player in advanced technology.

The Institute is part of Abu Dhabi’s advanced technology research council, which is pitched as a “disruptor in science.”

It claims breakthroughs in quantum computing, autonomous robotics, cryptography, advanced materials, digital security, directed energy and secure systems.

APCO will receive a fee of $55K plus expenses to represent the Institute through the end of the year.

Its three-person TII team includes Melissa Rincon, Alexander Gibson and Thalia Baeza Milan.

APCO, on Sept. 30, bid adieu to the Economic Development Board of Bahrain, which it promoted as a great place for business investment or expansion.