DP World Foundation

DPWF is the philanthropic arm of the DP World Group, Dubai Customs, and the Ports, Customs and Free Zone Corporation. It was established as an independent entity in 2022 to address the pressing societal challenges affecting individuals and communities in the countries where DP World operates. This includes the UAE, GCC, Middle East and Africa (MEA), Sub Saharan Africa (SSA), neighbouring countries, and disaster areas globally. The Foundation seeks to empower communities through purposeful support in the areas of health, education, and food, as well as emergency relief and social responsibility, through a range of partner collaborations. It works in parallel to DP World's Sustainability department, which has a global portfolio of initiatives.

  • Organisation type Corporate foundation
  • Year founded 2022
  • Headquartered United Arab Emirates
  • Registration Dubai
  • Website https://www.dpworld.com

Related sustainable development goals

  • Quality Education
  • Gender Equality
  • Clean Water and Sanitation
  • Climate Action
  • Life Below Water

Focus areas

Focus sectors

  • Development
  • Education
    • Vocational education
    • Student services
  • Environment
    • Natural resources
    • Water resources
    • Climate change
    • Biodiversity
  • Health

Focus populations

  • Government employees
  • Students
  • Teachers
  • Unemployed people
  • Young adults

Focus geographies

  • Africa
    • South Africa
    • Somalia
    • Senegal
  • Americas
    • Argentina
  • Middle East
    • United Arab Emirates
  • South Asia
    • Pakistan


  • Blue Marine Foundation
  • Jane Goodall Institute
  • Minding My Waste
  • Noor Dubai
  • Teach for All
  • WaterAid


  • Cataract Treatment Programme

    DPWF and Noor Dubai Foundation joined forces to launch an eye treatment campaign in Berbera and Bosaso, Somaliland in December 2023. The primary goal was to perform 550 cataract surgeries to prevent blindness and visual impairment, locally and internationally. 

  • Charitable donations

    In 2023, DPWF contributed AED 10 million (US$2.72 million) to the “1 Billion Meals Endowment” campaign. In 2024, the foundation pledged AED 10 million to the UAE's Mothers' Endowment campaign. 

  • Donate your own device (DYOD)

    DYOD is part of the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Global Initiatives. It aims to collect 10,000 used electronic devices from individual and institutional donors. As part of this educational, humanitarian and environmental initiative, the collected devices will be refurbished and recycled to support and offer educational opportunities to disadvantaged students worldwide, enhancing their access to education. 

  • Global Education Platform

    The Global Education Platform is a new resource for students and educators in science and logistics, as part of a $35 million (AED128.5) commitment to educational initiatives by 2030. The Global Education Platform offers over 15 tailor-made, free-to-use resources and e-learning courses for students aged 11-18, educators and employees. Aligned to the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs), the resources emphasise green, digital, STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) and logistics skills. 

  • Pakistan flood relief

    The Foundation provided support to the flood-affected communities in Sindh by donating of goods and cash to UNICEF.
    The donations helped 12,331 receive essential items such as food, clean water, shelter and medical supplies.


  • Ramadan meals distribution

    Workding with local partners, the foundation distributes food boxes to female blue-collar workers and truck drivers operating in the Jabal Ali Free Zone during the month of Ramadan.


Funding model

  • Grants to organisations
  • In-kind gifts
  • Pro bono services
  • Volunteering

Primary funders

  • DP World

Funding source

  • Corporate


Key staff

  • Latifa Al Qemzi, director general (DPWF)

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