Education for Elevated Livelihoods

"Seeking an education is not only about personal achievement, it is our civic and religious responsibility as Arabs and Muslims. I hope this foundation will help deserving young Arabs fulfil their education quest, and that they in turn will help others."

Abdulla Al Ghurair, Our Founder



Mr. Abdulla Ahmad Al Ghurair is a leading Emirati businessman and philanthropist. As a commitment to his faith, he was one of the first supporters of the development of the educational sector in the UAE. Beginning in the early sixties he built several schools, including the first school in the remote area of Masafi, to provide students with access to quality education.
Mr Al Ghurair also built a model school in Dubai, which today is one of the leading public schools in the UAE.

He announced the establishment of the Abdulla Al Ghurair Foundation (AGF) in 2015 as a non-profit, philanthropic organization.
The Foundation is the Al Ghurair family’s legacy of service and it is committed to providing thousands of educational opportunities to students across the Arab region in its first ten years.
Through a pledge of one-third of his personal wealth, AED 4.2 billion, the AGF seeks to support

generations of Emirati and Arab youth by providing them the skills they need to become the future leaders of the region, contributing to growth and development in their communities. His contribution to philanthropy in the Arab region was recognized in 2016 when he was appointed the first Goodwill Ambassador for education in the Arab world by the Arab League Educational, Cultural and Science Organization (ALECSO).


In 2015, my father founded the Abdulla Al Ghurair Foundation to ensure that Emirati and Arab youth have access to the support they need to thrive. He understood that prosperity and progress depend on access to inclusive, high-quality education and career development opportunities that lead to improved standards of living for all.

As Chairman of the Foundation, it is my personal mission to build upon the work of my father. Together with our partners, we are ensuring my family’s legacy is one of service. We are supporting relevant, high-impact solutions to the challenges of today, preparing our youth for the opportunities of tomorrow.

We are empowering leaders, upskilling careers, and elevating livelihoods through education. To achieve this, we prioritize transparency, accountability, and measurable impacts in all our work. We practice collaborative strategic philanthropy that is beholden to those we serve; providing services that are first and foremost responsive to our beneficiaries needs.

The best investment in the future of the Arab region is undoubtedly in supporting the education of the next generation. They are future leaders of innovation and are contributing to the sustainable development of the region, uplifting themselves and their communities.

We are honoured to be recognized as a key contributor to progress in the Arab region and hope that you will join us in building momentum for preparing Arab youth to fulfil their potential. Furthermore, we hope our efforts inspire others, raise the bar of success, and set a precedent for what can be accomplished through good governance, cross sector partnerships, strategic thinking, and informed practices.


H.E. Abdul Aziz Al Ghurair
Chairman of the Board of Directors, Abdulla Al Ghurair Foundation



Dr Sonia Ben Jaafar

Chief Executive Officer

Colette Burke

Director of Operations

Danah Dajani

Director of Partnerships & Programs

Malakeh El Haj

Director of Knowledge & Innovation