The Dubai Duty Free Foundation has partnered with Al Jalila Foundation by signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) aimed at supporting the non-profit global philanthropic organisation, which is dedicated to transforming lives through medical education and research. Under the agreement, the airport retailer commits to contribute Dhs500,000 every year to support Al Jalila Foundation’s medical research aspirations as well as other projects that are best aligned with the goals of the Dubai Duty Free Foundation.
The agreement, which will run for ten years commencing this month, was signed by Dubai Duty Free’s Executive Vice Chairman and CEO, Colm McLoughlin and Dr. Abdulkareem Sultan Al Olama, CEO of Al Jalila Foundation at Dubai Duty Free Head Office in Al Ramoul.
Commenting on the MoU signing, Colm McLoughlin said, “We are pleased to announce our partnership with Al Jalila Foundation which honours the vision of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of UAE and Ruler of Dubai. We launched the DDF Foundation back in 2004 with the objective of improving the lives of families and in particular women and children both in the UAE and around the world. Since then, we have supported 39 local and 52 overseas charities including the travel retail industry-led Hand in Hand for Haiti, Sightsavers in India and in the Philippines with Smile Train, to name a few, which is a clear indication of Dubai Duty Free’s ongoing commitment to the community.”
Dr. Abdulkareem Sultan Al Olama said, “Al Jalila Foundation is committed to transforming lives through medical research, education and treatment and our success is dependent on the support of our partners and donors. Dubai Duty Free Foundation’s long-term commitment to fund our work will enable us to continue to fulfil our mission. Through this partnership we are further empowered to support important healthcare causes, from empowering children with special needs to providing lifesaving treatment to patients and investing in medical research to discover better treatment options for diseases prevalent in the region. We are truly grateful for the support from DDF Foundation and look forward to working together to improve lives”.
Over the past four years, Al Jalila Foundation has invested Dhs59 million in high-impact healthcare programs in the areas of medical treatment, education and research in the UAE and globally. Relying solely on donor funding, it has reached over 1.6 million beneficiaries from 129 nationalities since 2013.
About Al Jalila Foundation:
Al Jalila Foundation, a global philanthropic organisation dedicated to transforming lives through medical education and research, was founded by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai in April 2013, to position Dubai and the UAE at the forefront of medical innovation.
Al Jalila Foundation is named after Her Highness Sheikha Al Jalila Bint Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the daughter of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed and Chairperson of Dubai Healthcare City Authority Her Royal Highness Princess Haya Bint Al Hussein.
Al Jalila Foundation promotes medical education and research by investing in the UAE’s medical treatment capabilities; it provides scholarships to nurture a home-grown generation of medical professionals and supports ground-breaking research that addresses health challenges prevalent in the region. Al Jalila Foundation is fully funded by the generosity of donors. 100% of funds donated to Al Jalila Foundation are invested into medical research, education and treatment in the UAE.
About the Dubai Duty Free Foundation:
In October 2004, Dubai Duty Free launched the Dubai Duty Free Foundation, a charitable body founded under the auspices of His Highness Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saeed Al Maktoum, President of Dubai Civil Aviation Authority and Chairman of Dubai Duty Free, and with Colm McLoughlin as Chairman of the board. The Foundation, which aims to raise funds for worthy causes with a particular emphasis on causes that directly benefit children, has since donated funds to several charities, both at home and abroad.
Among the many charitable initiatives the operation has supported over the years include the opening of the US$1.5 million Dubai Duty Free Sports Complex at Lycée Jean-Baptiste Pointe du Sable in Haiti, as part of the operation’s support to the travel retail industry-led Hand in Hand for Haiti initiative. The Foundation also assisted to restore eyesight to 855,659 people in India through the Sight Savers Programme and has built houses for those affected by the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami and funded one village to build 32 houses in Binotong Alangalang, Leyte following the devastating typhoon ‘Haiyan’ that struck the province of Leyte in the Philippines in November 2013.
Meanwhile, as part of its Corporate Social Responsibility and ongoing commitment towards environmental protection, Dubai Duty Free launched its very own Kids Enviro Club (KEC) which is open to all the children of Dubai Duty Free employees’ ages 6 to 12 years old. The mission of KEC is for the next generation to increase their eco-consciousness and develop a strong sense of leadership and social responsibility in taking care of the environment.
To date, the Foundation has supported 39 local and 52 overseas charities since 2004, a clear indication of Dubai Duty Free’s ongoing commitment to the community.