Al Qasimi Foundation

The Sheikh Saud bin Saqr Al Qasimi Foundation for Policy Research was established in 2009 by Sheikh Saud bin Saqr Al Qasimi, the ruler of Ras Al Khaimah, in the UAE. It is a nonprofit think tank focussing on education, community development, health and well being, and arts and culture. The foundation also gives funding to community initiatives and offers grants and scholarships for students and researchers.

Focus areas

Focus sectors

  • Education
    • Adult education
    • Graduate and professional
    • Higher education
    • Education services
    • Educational management
    • Student services
  • Health
  • Community and economic development
  • Arts and culture
    • Arts services
    • Arts education
    • Visual arts
    • Performing arts
    • Humanities
    • Arts exchange
  • Environment
  • Philanthropy and public policy

Focus populations

  • Parents
  • Orphans
  • Caregivers
  • Artists and performers
  • Academics
    • Researchers
  • Unemployed people
  • Self-employed people
  • Retired people
  • Students
  • Teachers
  • Government employees
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Focus geographies

  • Middle East
    • United Arab Emirates
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  • Research
    The foundation focuses on conducting and promoting high-quality research, both in-house and supporting external researchers, that will help inform policymakers in Ras Al Khaimah, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), and broader Gulf region.
  • Student Development
    The Student Development Department works with local Emirati students to help them realise their passions, more fully engage in school, explore future career pathways through work experiences, and apply to competitive universities in the UAE and abroad.
  • Arts and Culture
    The foundation seeks to cultivate grassroots artistic collaborations and expression in RAK and the UAE. It hosts the annual RAK Fine Arts Festival, the Creative Dialogue series, and provides studio and gallery spaces with funding to support local and emerging talent through an artist-in-residence programmes and other grant opportunities.
  • Community Engagement
    The Al Qasimi Foundation is committed to meeting the needs of all members of the RAK community, including marginalised members of the community, such as the prison population and elderly, and seeks to identify new areas of the local community that could benefit from professional development support.


Funding model

  • Royal

Primary funders

  • Sheikh Saud bin Saqr Al Qasimi

Types of funding and awards

  • Cash grants
  • Foundation-administered programme awards
  • Grants to Individuals


Key staff

  • Mohamed Abdullatif Khalifa, managing director
  • Natasha Ridge, executive director

Board members

  • Chairman, Mohammad Omran Al Shamsi

Contact details

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