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Dubai Islamic Bank donates AED 1 million to Al Jalila Foundation to help patients in need

Al Jalila Foundation, a global philanthropic organisation dedicated to transforming lives through medical education and research, announced that it has received a donation of AED 1 million from Dubai Islamic Bank (DIB) to support its A’awen (treatment in Arabic) program which helps patients in need.

Al Jalila Foundation through its A’awen program provides financial aid for medical care to patients in the UAE who are unable to afford quality treatment. Since its inception in 2013, Al Jalila Foundation has supported 1094 patients from 54 nationalities, including 602 children, and invested almost AED 74 million to provide relief to patients who have suffered a number of chronic illnesses and life-threatening conditions. The treatment costs for patients, newborn to 90 years of age, have ranged from to AED 20,000 to AED 250,000 per individual.

Dr Abdulkareem Sultan Al Olama, the Chief Executive Officer of Al Jalila Foundation, welcomed the Dubai Islamic Bank team, to the Foundation to engrave the name of DIB on Bassmat Rashid Bin Saeed, the first-of-its kind robotic donor recognition wall, marking the bank’s generosity and support. Dr Abdulkareem said: “We are extremely grateful to Dubai Islamic Bank for its longstanding support to our A’awen program and delighted to see their name on Bassmat Rashid Bin Saeed alongside fellow Champions of Hope. It is a privilege to work with distinguished banking and financial institutions like DIB to make a difference to patients’ lives.”

Dedicated to the late Sheikh Rashid Bin Saeed Al Maktoum, renowned for his humanitarian achievements, Bassmat Rashid Bin Saeed is a unique giving campaign that uses cutting-edge technology to recognise the donor community advancing local medical research to save patients’ lives. For more information on how to be a part of Bassmat Rashid Bin Saeed please visit