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An Overview of Dubai Cares

The United Arab Emirates is making many advances in education, foreign policy, the economy, and more, thanks to the efforts of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the UAE, and other key figures in the country’s government. Yousef Al Otaiba, the UAE Ambassador to the United States, promotes strong ties between the two nations with political, educational, and cultural partnerships. Ambassador Al Otaiba and the Embassy also raise awareness of charitable initiatives such as Dubai Cares.

Dubai Cares is one of the latest efforts put forth by Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the UAE’s current Prime Minister and Vice President, and ruler of Dubai. The organization’s focus is on improving access to the highest quality of education for children in developing countries, and is now largest nongovernmental organization (NGO) dedicated to this goal. Dubai Cares envisions a world where all children go to school. To realize this vision, Dubai Cares operates on seven key principles, which include the recognition that education is the best solution to poverty. Dubai Cares programs address four key areas: water, sanitation, and hygiene; school infrastructure; school health and nutrition; and quality of education.

Dubai Cares assists developing countries with establishing permanent institutions of learning and fostering safe environments for learning. Dubai Cares both builds and remodels schools, creating sanitary bathrooms, installing new furniture, and providing necessary supplies, as well as training and providing support for teachers. Dubai Cares also recognizes the importance of quality nutrition in increasing children’s abilities to learn. The organization works with school administrators to ensure effective meal programs, which provide essential nutrients and energy and alleviate the burdens of struggling parents.