Al Jalila Foundation

The Al Jalila Foundation was established in 2013 by Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, vice-president and prime minister of the UAE, and ruler of Dubai. The UAE-based organisation supports medical treatment for individuals unable to afford quality healthcare, provides scholarships for medical students, and supports research into health challenges prevalent in the region, such as cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, obesity, and mental health. Al Jalila Foundation is one of 33 organisations under the Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Global Initiatives (MBRGI).

Focus areas

Focus sectors

  • Health
    • Diseases and conditions
      • Musculoskeletal diseases
      • Kidney diseases
      • Cancers
    • Medical specialities
      • Genetics
      • Oncology
      • Stem cell therapy
      • Surgery
        • Organ transplantation
        • Reconstructive surgery
    • In-patient care
  • Science
    • Biology

Focus populations

  • Women and girls
  • Low-income people
  • Academics
    • Researchers

Focus geographies

  • Middle East
    • United Arab Emirates


  • A’awen
    This programme provides financial and medical assistance to UAE-based patients in need.
  • Farah
    This programme funds lifesaving treatment and research for paediatric patients.
  • Majlis Al Amal
    This is a drop-in centre for cancer patients and their families.


Funding model

  • Royal
  • Private
  • Fundraising

Types of funding and awards

  • Cash grants
  • Grants to Individuals
  • Programme related investment


Key staff

  • Abdulkareem Sultan Al Olama, chief executive officer

Board members

  • Chair, board of trustees: Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saeed Al Maktoum,
  • Vice-chair, board of trustees: Khalaf Ahmad Al Habtoor,
  • Board member, Hussein Abdul Rahman Khansaheb,
  • Board member, Dr Raja Easa Saleh Al Gurj,
  • Board member, Abdul Ghaffar Ghloum Hussein,
  • Board member, Abdul Hameed Ahmed Seddiqi

Contact details

Further information

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