Hadeyat Al Ata’a

Spreading Hope and Happiness

Redefining Cancer Care in the UAE
May 2021

8 years ago Al Jalila Foundation Founder, HH Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of UAE and Ruler of Dubai, entrusted us with his vision to be at the forefront of medical innovation and every day my team and I strive to uphold that vision. Every day we are inspired to bring hope and healing, not only to the people of the UAE but to the world, and we are grateful to the generosity and support of our donors, like you, that empower us to make it possible….. read more


Celebrating the Month of Giving
April 2021

I am delighted that this month’s newsletter brings us into the Holy Month of Ramadan. Ramadan is a time of reflection, spending time with family and most importantly, giving to those in need. As we enter this sacred month, I would like to take the time to reflect on the past year and give special appreciation to our leaders who have steered us forward while keeping us safe. The remarkable vaccine roll out for all residents in the UAE has gained international recognition as we are on track to being amongst the first countries to reach national immunity…. read more


Giving Hope to Kidney Patients
March 2021

11 March is World Kidney Day, a global campaign to raise awareness on the importance of kidney health. In the UAE chronic kidney disease is prevalent due to high instances of associated illnesses like obesity, diabetes and cardiovascular disease with approximately 4,500 patients suffering from kidney failure. This month, in observance of World Kidney Day we have partnered with Dubai Healthcare City, Mohammed Bin Rashid University of Medicine and Health Sciences (MBRU)‭, Al Jalila Children’s Specialty Hospital … read more


Unlocking Medical Solutions, Transforming Lives
February 2021

As the UAE looks toward the next 50‭ ‬years we are inspired by the great strides we are taking in medical innovation and the advancement of science‭. ‬It is hard to believe that less than a century ago‭, ‬we did not have cures for diseases like tuberculosis and‭ ‬polio‭. ‬It seemed impossible to imagine that entire continents could eradicate epidemics with a vaccine‭. ‬Over the years medical discoveries have translated into improved treatment protocols and therapies. ‭And‭, ‬with each new breakthrough‭, ‬a new sense of hope‭ ‬emerges‭ ‬… read more


New Year. New Beginnings.
January 2021

2020 began with great promise as we looked forward to welcoming the world to the UAE with EXPO 2020. However, events turned as the world faced an unprecedented global health crisis, the coronavirus pandemic, which affected every person around the globe. 2020 certainly tested us all but even so, despite the losses and the challenges faced, we have witnessed great learning, incredible innovation and, more than anything else, a united global front and togetherness to fight the virus… read more


The Year of Courage, Hope and Resilience LivesThe Year of Courage, Hope and Resilience
December 2020

This year began with an unprecedented global health crisis, the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, which has affected every person around the world. 2020 has certainly tested us all as it brought our world to a complete standstill as we experienced movement restrictions, many lost their livelihoods and, sadly, some even their loved ones. And even so, despite the losses and the challenges we have faced, we have witnessed great learning, incredible innovation and, more than anything else, a united global front and togetherness to fight the virus… read more


Research Saves LivesResearch Saves Lives
November 2020

Today, I am excited to share the progress Al Jalila Foundation is making in our continued efforts and commitment to advance medical breakthroughs to transform lives. This unprecedented year called on us to address and be a part of the solution to the COVID-19 pandemic and we responded by opening a dedicated research cycle. We are proud to announce that we have just awarded the first Mohammed Bin Rashid Medical Research Institute grants to 5 scientists investigating ways to combat the Coronavirus disease… read more


#PINKtober, a Celebration for Hope#PINKtober, a Celebration for Hope
October 2020

This October Al Jalila Foundation is proud to welcome the 6th Edition of #PINKtober, in partnership with Brest Friends, which promises to be a celebration of hope that embraces creativity to spread the message that ‘breast cancer can be beaten’. We look forward to working with many new and returning #PINKtober champions who throw their energy, hearts and passion into supporting breast cancer research by organising month-long pink-themed activities widening our circle of hope… read more


What will your legacy be?What will your legacy be?
29 September 2020

A few weeks ago I shared with you our new giving campaign ‘Bassmat Rashid Bin Saeed’ to support medical research. The campaign is very close to our hearts as it pays tribute to the late Sheikh Rashid Bin Saeed Al Maktoum ‘The Father of Dubai’ and one of the world’s greatest humanitarians renowned for his vision, leadership and compassion. Bassmat Rashid Bin Saeed recognises the generosity of donors for their investment in medical research to find the cures to the diseases affecting mankind… read more


When Science and Philanthropy MeetWhen Science and Philanthropy Meet
September 2020

As we welcome a new academic year we wish students across the UAE a happy and successful new year. Whilst a lot has changed in how we live, study and do business; what has not changed is our willingness, as a nation, to adapt and persevere in the face of adversity. We are more united and prepared to keep moving forward whilst maintaining all the precautionary measures to ensure the safety of staff, faculty, students and their families, co-workers and the wider community. 2020 has become the year of learning, growth and resilience and we are all in this together… read more


Hope Connects Us AllHope Connects Us All
August 2020

I trust that you had a blessed, joyful and healthy Eid Al Adha. Eid Al Adha is known as the ‘Feast of Sacrifice’ and over the last months we have all had to make immense sacrifices at work, at home and in our communities to stay safe and healthy. Life amid the global pandemic continues to evolve as we adapt to the changing times armed with resilience and filled with hope for better days ahead.Whilst people around the world continue to struggle with the impact of COVID-19 hope inspires us to imagine a brighter future… read more


We are back in the office!We are back in the office!
15 June 2020

The COVID-19 global pandemic continues to impact everyone around the world and every aspect of our daily lives at home, at work and in the community. As Dubai re-opens for business and COVID-19 restrictions ease we are grateful to the government and our leaders for their guidance, to the heroes who kept us safe and to our partners who continue to support Al Jalila Foundation. My team and I have returned to the office and I am happy to inform you that everyone is in good health…. read more


#UnitedInHope for a Stronger Tomorrow#UnitedInHope for a Stronger Tomorrow
May 2020

This Ramadan, you and your families remain in our thoughts and I hope that you are healthy and staying positive during these very exceptional times. The Holy Month is a time of reflection, spending time with family and most importantly, giving to those in need. Whilst this Ramadan may be different, the values remain the same. We have already seen so many acts of kindness as the community rallies together to help people at the frontlines fighting the pandemic and those financially impacted by it… read more


We Are #InThisTogetherWe Are #InThisTogether
April 2020

Since our last communication, the world has changed significantly as we continue to adjust to the evolving situation due to the COVID-19 pandemic. I am happy to share with you that the Al Jalila Foundation family is well, safe and healthy, and I hope that you and your families are too. For the first time in our lifetimes, the whole world is more connected, working together to manage the greatest public health crisis affecting each one of us. The sense of community around the world… read more


A Message From Our CEOA Message From Our CEO
24 March 2020

As the world experiences an unprecedented global health crisis, I hope that you, your family, friends and colleagues are safe. Al Jalila Foundation salutes the heroes on the frontline from doctors, nurses, paramedics and healthcare workers who are risking their lives to help others. We stand in solidarity with everyone affected by the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) and extend our heartfelt gratitude to the UAE leadership for ensuring the health, safety and wellbeing of its people…. read more


Our 'Circle of Hope' Transforms LivesTogether, Let’s #MakeItHappen
March 2020

As the UAE looks toward the next 50 years we are inspired by the great strides we are taking in medical innovation and the advancement of science and research. Since the first organ transplant in the UAE, hundreds of lives have been saved through this breakthrough surgery. It is thanks to pioneering research that these medical wonders are possible and we have witnessed our young kidney transplant patients Bana, Adam and Kangana, make a full recovery and go on to lead happy, healthy lives. Nothing gives me greater joy than to see the lives… read more


Our 'Circle of Hope' Transforms LivesDedicated to Research, Committed to Care
February 2020

We are immensely grateful to our Founder, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, for championing innovation and research, and for establishing Al Jalila Foundation.Research provides a gateway to discovering new knowledge, advancing medical breakthroughs, and propelling economic development. In line with His Highness Sheikh Mohammed’s vision we have established a research institute within Al Jalila Foundation headquarters, a AED 200 million state-of-the-art facility, as a regional hub… read more


Our 'Circle of Hope' Transforms LivesOur ‘Circle of Hope’ Transforms Lives
January 2020

As the curtain raises on a new decade, my team and I would like take this opportunity to extend our heartfelt gratitude to our incredible partners, donors and the community for supporting Al Jalila Foundation in 2019. We are immensely grateful to everyone who has supported our mission to transform lives through donating, fundraising or helping us spread the word about the work we do and the support we need to continue to make an impact. Your contribution makes all the difference, and together, we can do so much more to impact lives… read more


Hadeyat Al Ata'aGive to Research, Give to Humanity
December 2019

Happy 48th UAE National Day! Celebrating the birth of our nation fills us all with pride and sincere gratitude for the vision of our Founding Father, Sheikh Zayed, one of the world’s greatest humanitarians who extended his generosity and support to improve the lives of people. At Al Jalila Foundation, we are most proud that the spirit of giving is embedded in our culture making the Emirates a global leader in philanthropy and a beacon of hope. 7 years ago, our Founder His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai… read more


Hadeyat Al Ata'aResearch Matters
November 2019

Once again, this October, we found ourselves witnessing the incredible philanthropic spirit that spreads across the nation uniting us in the fight against breast cancer. We are delighted that our 5th #PINKtober Breast Cancer Awareness Campaign drew incredible support from hundreds of partners, thousands of supporters and the greater UAE community coming together in solidarity for a cause that affects millions of women around the world. Together with our #PINKtober Champions of Hope, Al Jalila Foundation celebrates another record-breaking month with over 170 pink-themed events… read more


Giving Hope with Al Jalila FoundationOur Partnerships Power Hope
October 2019

October is a significant month at Al Jalila Foundation and while we see the temperatures cool, the spirit of philanthropy heats up across the nation with our 5th #PINKtober campaign to support breast cancer research.With the publication of this edition of Hadeyat Al Ata’a we celebrate 2 years of sharing inspirational news made possible with your incredible support.Partnerships are the foundation to the success of our healthcare programs and each one of our beneficiaries have a heartwarming Story of Hope whether it is a patient who received lifesaving treatment… read more


Giving Hope with Al Jalila FoundationGiving Hope with Al Jalila Foundation
September 2019

As a global philanthropic organisation we aim to make a difference by empowering people to offer their unique contribution to better the world through medical innovation. On the occasion of International Day of Charity, Al Jalila Foundation takes the opportunity to inspire giving initiatives and activities to touch the lives of children. Each step we take brings with it a new sense of hope lighting the path for a brighter future and we invite you to make a donation to help us transform lives. Explore some of our programs to see how you can spread hope with Al Jalila Foundation, today… read more


basma Campaign Spreads Smilesbasma Campaign Spreads Smiles
July 2019

The vision of our founder His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, is “to create hope, life and happiness for everyone in the UAE”. And, at Al Jalila Foundation we believe that health is the cornerstone to happiness and every child deserves the opportunity to grow up healthy, dream and realise their potential. We are delighted to share with you the success of the third annual basma Ramadan campaign which has become an established feature on the Ramadan calendar embodying the spirit of giving… read more


Ramadan KareemRamadan Kareem
May 2019

On this first day of Ramadan we wish you a blessed holy month and in the spirit of giving we shine a light on children in need of medical care. If you meet 4-year-old Euale today it is hard to imagine that only a short while ago this energetic boy was undergoing intense chemotherapy for acute myeloid leukaemia. He was only 2 when his parents received the devastating diagnosis which was made further overwhelming when the severity of the treatment and the reality of the cost was considered. The family reached out to Al Jalila Foundation who offered a helping hand and followed… read more


Celebrating the Determined
April 2019

This year, World Autism Day falls on the back of the awe-inspiring Special Olympics World Games held in Abu Dhabi which brought together 7500 participants with intellectual disabilities, including autism, pushing boundaries and embodying strength, courage and determination. It is estimated that 1 in 59 children are diagnosed with autism, a condition that is frequently misunderstood, but with the right support and guidance children can flourish to live a life without limits. Al Jalila Foundation, through our Ta’alouf program, supports parents, teachers and carers to empower children… read more


Give Children the Gift of Hearing
March 2019

When 9-month-old Hanah contracted life threatening meningitis it left her with irreversible hearing loss. Hope was close by when her parents learned that the cutting edge cochlear implant would restore her hearing. However at a large cost the transforming solution was out of their reach. Al Jalila Foundation stepped in to fund the procedure and young Hanah, now 6-years-old, is a confident, adventurous, bright young child who excels at school and loves music. The overjoyed parents expressed “Thank you for changing our child’s life forever. We are eternally grateful to Al Jalila Foundation…. read more


Make a Difference with Al Jalila FoundationMake a Difference with Al Jalila Foundation
February 2019

Jumpstart your year with the gift of health and happiness to those who need it most; donate to Al Jalila Foundation’s healthcare programs and help us transform lives. Al Jalila Foundation is underpinned by three pillars: treatment, education and research and everything we do is to improve lives be it through supporting a hopeful patient, an aspiring student or a pioneering scientist. Each step we take brings with it a new sense of hope lighting the path for a brighter tomorrow. With you by our side, we can do so much more to impact the lives of those in need. Explore how you can… read more


Harmony, at the Heart of the NationHarmony, at the Heart of the Nation
December 2018

This 47th National Day once again brought with it a wonderful celebration of unity and harmony that makes all of us feel a part of this great country. By marking UAE National Day, we also honour the legacy of His Highness Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, Father of the Nation and the first President of the United Arab Emirates and reflect on the values that continue to guide us: wisdom, respect, sustainability and human development. As a special tribute to Sheikh Zayed, one of the world’s greatest philanthropists, we launched Zayed – 100 Years of Inspiration, a book to bring to life… read more


#PINKtober Spreads Hope Across the UAEOctober, a Celebration of Hope
November 2018

This year we celebrated the 4th #PINKtober campaign led by Al Jalila Foundation in partnership with Brest Friends with record breaking participation in the month-long breast cancer awareness campaign. It has been over 20 years since the UAE saw the first blossoms of engagement during Breast Cancer Awareness Month with the pink ribbon emerging as a symbol of hope. What began as just a few people spreading the message on the existence of the disease, urging women to seek early detection, has turned into a bold nationwide campaign championed by people from all cultures… read more


October, a Celebration of HopeOctober, a Celebration of Hope
October 2018

October is here again bringing with it a wonderful outpouring of support from the community eager to do their part to support breast cancer patients in the UAE. We are delighted to see so many new partners come on board who have discovered Al Jalila Foundation’s work, and have been inspired to create #PINKtober events widening our circle of hope. We are overjoyed to see the return of our partners who are consistently at the forefront of the fight against breast cancer and unfailingly, every year, lend their hearts and voices to champion the cause. These partners include… read more


Giving Creates Stronger, Happier CommunitiesGiving Creates Stronger, Happier Communities
September 2018

Altruism is good for the soul. Helping others is good for our happiness and well-being. Giving connects us together and creates stronger, happier communities. Giving, and helping others, makes us feel part of something greater than ourselves and gives meaning to our lives. It is inspiring, thrilling and emotionally rewarding to champion a cause that we care deeply about and that has the power to improve lives. Today marks International Day of Charity which was established by the United Nations to unify people and organisations around the world to help… read more


One Million Ramadan Smiles One Million Ramadan Smiles
July 2018

“Our main goal in the UAE is to create hope, life and happiness for everyone”. That is the vision of our Founder His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai. At Al Jalila Foundation all our efforts are directed toward a common goal – to transform lives through medical research, education and treatment, positioning the UAE at the forefront of medical innovation to improve the quality of life for future generations. Supporting our children, the future’s greatest hope, is vital to achieving this goal and… read more


Sheikh Zayed's Legacy of Giving Lives OnSheikh Zayed’s Legacy of Giving Lives On
June 2018

Today marks Zayed Humanitarian Day and we celebrate the legacy of Sheikh Zayed who instilled in us the values of compassion, kindness and giving. It is because of our Founding Founder’s love for his people that the UAE has become the great nation that it is today and his timeless principles are woven into the fabric of the United Arab Emirates. With this day coinciding with the 19th of Ramadan, it is a wonderful time to reflect and bring out the humanitarian in all of us as we can each do our part to make the world a better place.  This Ramadan, our focus turns to children’s …read more


Giving the Gift of SmilesGiving the Gift of Smiles
May 2018

Ramadan is a time of reflection, spending time with family and most importantly, giving to those who are in need. We consider it a privilege to be in a position where we can make a difference in people’s lives. Nothing makes us happier than to receive an email that says, “My son has a chance at life”; the smile from the young woman who can walk down the aisle on her wedding day; or the phone call of overwhelming joy from the mother whose son has called her ‘Mom’ for the first time after a successful cochlear implant.These are the moments that make our job at Al Jalila….  read more


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April 2018

Thanks to the vision of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, Al Jalila Foundation was established to position the UAE at the forefront of medical innovation with research as the bedrock of our strategy. At Al Jalila Foundation we consider it a great honour, to be part of this vision and to support the UAE’s inspiring efforts to be number 1. It is very heartening to see our efforts to attract top local researchers gaining momentum guiding us in our mission to improve lives through… read more


Marching into an Eventful Month, Together
March 2018

March started with World Hearing Day on the 3rd and we are delighted to share another success story of one of the programs closest to our heart Ana Asma’a. Read all about little Mohammed’s transformation from silence to joy. Today, on International Women’s Day, we celebrate women all over the world and we commend their progress in society, especially in the fields of healthcare and medical research. On the 16th, join #TeamAlJalila as We Walk with people of determination at TECOM Group’s first ever walkathon with all proceeds supporting our iMcan program… read more


3cef3de0-166e-4988-8f47-748e375b5ba0Shaping the Future of Medical Research, Together
February 2018

Team Al Jalila started the new year with a spring in our step as we prepared for the annual edition of the Standard Chartered Dubai Marathon. We were overwhelmed with the unprecedented number of individuals across the UAE dedicating their run to Al Jalila Foundation to help us transform lives. I was delighted to participate in the Dubai Health Forum and the opportunity to continue the discussion around mental health and the importance of research in the UAE, taking a step further to reduce stigma and end discrimination against people with mental… read more


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January 2018

The Year of Giving catapulted philanthropy in the UAE to another level and yielded valuable partnerships united in the goal to transform lives. As we welcome the Year of Zayed we are excited to see this continue to grow as we honour the legacy of the UAE’s Founding Father and the values that continue to guide us: wisdom, respect, sustainability and human development. Through our commitment to local medical research, we aim to continue the work of Sheikh Zayed who made incredible investments in healthcare in the UAE that transformed the quality of life…  read more


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December 2017

3 December marked International Day of Persons with Disabilities and we are proud that the UAE continues to make great leaps in inclusiveness by drawing out the best in People of Determination. A number of our healthcare programs, including Ta’alouf, focus on empowering people of determination and earlier this year we were honoured to receive the Princess Haya Award for Special Education. Sport is a great way to engage the community and this year’s 7EmiratesRun drew overwhelming participation honouring UAE National Day whilst… read more


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November 2017

As another action packed Breast Cancer Awareness Month draws to an end we would like to thank all our partners, supporters and the community for coming together in solidarity for a cause that affects millions of women around the world. Together we celebrate another record breaking #PINKtober with over 100 events ranging from school pink days, sports events, corporate health days, hospitality campaigns and many more community lead activities. Once again we have witnessed the UAE’s philanthropic spirit that enables us to continue the work we do…  read more

3cef3de0-166e-4988-8f47-748e375b5ba0Embracing the ‘Gift Of Giving’
October 2017

Al Jalila Foundation is delighted to bring you our inaugural newsletter Hadeyat Al Ata’a, the Gift of Giving in Arabic, to keep you informed of the work we do and the people we serve. The ‘Year of Giving’ is testament to the UAE’s philanthropic spirit and a wonderful example of the power our collective  efforts have to serve humanity. It is heartening to see the nation come together inspired to create a better world for future generations. Our success depends on the support we receive from our donors, partners and the community. With your generosity…  read more