Abdulla Al Ghurair Foundation (AGF)

AGF was launched in 2015 by Emirati businessman and philanthropist Abdulla Al Ghurair to support education opportunities for Arab youth. One of the UAE's largest and most strategic philanthropies, AGF provides youth with access to inclusive, high-quality education and career development opportunities through online training and university and career readiness programmes. It also administers the Abdul Aziz Al Ghurair Refugee Education Fund.

Related sustainable development goals

  • Quality Education
  • Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • Partnerships for the Goals


Students prepared for higher education and career: 110,000+
Scholarships granted: 690+ 

Focus areas

Focus sectors

  • Development
    • Economic development
      • Employment
        • Job training
  • Education
    • Education services
      • Computer literacy
      • Educational exchanges
      • E-learning
      • College preparation
    • Vocational education
    • Higher education
    • Graduate and professional
    • Student services

Focus populations

  • Refugees and displaced people
  • Young adults

Focus geographies

  • Middle East
    • United Arab Emirates
    • Lebanon
    • Jordan



  • American University in Cairo
  • American University in Dubai
  • American University of Beirut
  • American University of Sharjah
  • Amideast
  • An-Najah National University
  • British University in Dubai
  • CNN Arabic
  • Crowne Prince Foundation
  • Danone
  • Emirates Foundation
  • Expo 2020 Dubai
  • Khalifa University
  • Kiron
  • Koç University
  • McGill University
  • Palestine Polytechnic University
  • Polytechnique Montréal
  • Sheikh Saud bin Saqr Al Qasimi Foundation for Policy Research
  • Siemens
  • Undacity
  • United Arab Emirates University
  • University of Edinburgh
  • War Child Holland
  • Youth 4 Sustainability
  • Zayed University


  • Abdul Aziz Al Ghurair Refugee Education Fund

    Providing secondary, vocational, and tertiary education to refugees and vulnerable youth. In Jordan and Lebanon, the fund supports high impact education programmes, and in the UAE, it benefits children of Arab families, who - due to wars and disasters - temporarily reside in the UAE.

  • Al Ghurair STEM Scholars Programme

    Giving more than 600 young people from 17 Arab countries the opportunity to pursue their undergraduate or graduate studies in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) subjects at 15 partner universities. The programme includes a career-readiness component as well as opportunities for mentorships, internships, skills development, and networking and leadership alongside other AGF scholars and alumni from across the region.

  • Al Ghurair Young Thinkers Programme

    The Al Ghurair Young Thinkers Programs (YTP) is a digital platform that supports Emirati and Arab youth, aged 15 to 35, maximise their career prospects and support their transition from school into the workplace. The platform provides career assesment tools, online workshops, advisers, and other education and career resources.

  • Nomu

    Programme to upskill Emirati youth and prepare them for entering the job market. 

  • Open Learning Scholars Programme

    This programme provides young Arab students the chance to pursue high-quality online degrees and credentials, including master’s degrees, at partner universities and educational institutions.

  • Project Hama

    A programme dedicated to supporting Emirati female military recruits by equipping them with the skills and tools to succeed in the job market.

  • The Abdulla Al Ghurair Hub for Digital Teaching and Learning

    An online platform that provides Arab youth in the region with access to high-quality online education in partnership with the American University of Beirut where students can obtain online certificates, diplomas, and degrees. The platform includes digitised residential courses from the university in engineering, artificial intelligence and data science, project management, and building energy systems.   

  • The University Consortium for Quality Online Learning (UCQOL)
    Through strategic partnerships with top universities and the UAE Ministry of Education, UCQOL will make online learning programmes available to a larger pool of Arab students from the UAE and beyond.



  • Initial funding of Dhs 4bn

Funding model

  • Foundation-administered programme awards
  • Programme related investment

Primary funders

  • Abdul Aziz Al Ghurair
  • Abdulla Al Ghurair

Funding source

  • Corporate
  • Family


Key staff

  • Sonia Ben Jaafar, CEO
  • Danah Dajani, director of programmes and partnerships
  • Malakeh El Haj, director of knowledge and innovation

Board members

  • Abdul Aziz Al Ghurair, chair
  • Rashed Saif Saeed Al Jarwan
  • Sultan Abdulla Al Ghurair
  • Badr Al Ghurair
  • Ali Rashid Lootah

Contact details



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