Abdulla Al Ghurair Foundation (AGF)

AGF was launched in 2015 by Emirati businessman and philanthropist Abdulla Al Ghurair to support education opportunities for Arab youth. One of the UAE's largest and most strategic philanthropies, AGF provides youth with access to inclusive, high-quality education and career development opportunities through online training and university and career readiness programmes. It also administers the Abdul Aziz Al Ghurair Refugee Education Fund.

Focus areas

Focus sectors

  • Education
    • Graduate and professional
    • Higher education
    • Education services
      • College preparation
      • Computer literacy
      • Educational exchanges
      • E-learning
    • Vocational education
    • Student services
  • Community and economic development
    • Economic development
      • Employment
        • Job training

Focus populations

  • Young adults
  • Refugees and displaced people

Focus geographies

  • Middle East
    • United Arab Emirates
    • Lebanon
    • Jordan


  • Abdulla Al Ghurair Hub for Digital Teaching and Learning
    A partnership with the American University of Beirut (AUB) to improve access to quality online education for thousands of Arab youth across the region. In addition to new materials being created, existing residential courses will be digitised to enable improvements in the teaching and learning experience for students.
  • The University Consortium for Quality Online Learning (UCQOL)
    Through strategic partnerships with top universities and the UAE Ministry of Education, UCQOL will make online learning programmes available to a larger pool of Arab students from the UAE and beyond.
  • Open learning scholars programme with Arizona State University (ASU)
    This gave 550 young Arab students the chance to pursue a Master’s degree online with Arizona State University (ASU).
  • Al Ghurair STEM Scholars Programme
    Giving more than 600 young people from 17 Arab countries the opportunity to pursue their undergraduate or graduate studies in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) subjects at 15 partner universities. The programme included a career-readiness component as well as mentorship, internships, skills development, and networking and leadership opportunities alongside other AGF scholars and alumni from across the region.
  • Abdul Aziz Al Ghurair Refugee Education Fund
    Providing secondary, vocational, and tertiary education to refugees and vulnerable youth. In Jordan and Lebanon, the Fund supports high impact education programmes, and in the UAE, it benefits Arab children of families, who due to wars and disasters temporarily reside in the UAE.


Funding model

  • Private

Primary funders

  • Abdulla Al Ghurair

Types of funding and awards

  • Foundation-administered programme awards
  • Programme related investment


Key staff

  • CEO, Sonia Ben Jaafar
  • Director of programmes and partnerships, Danah Dajani
  • Director of knowledge and innovation, Malakeh El Haj

Board members

  • Chairman, Abdul Aziz Al Ghurair
  • Rashid Abdulla Al Ghurair
  • Sultan Abdulla Al Ghurair
  • Ali Rashid Lootah
  • Rashed Saif Saeed Al Jarwan

Contact details

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