Al Jalila Foundation

The Al Jalila Foundation was established in 2013 by Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, vice-president and prime minister of the UAE, and ruler of Dubai. The UAE-based organisation supports medical treatment for individuals unable to afford quality healthcare, provides scholarships for medical students, and supports research into health challenges prevalent in the region, such as cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, obesity, and mental health. Al Jalila Foundation is one of 33 organisations under the Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Global Initiatives (MBRGI).

Related sustainable development goals

  • Good Health and Well-Being


60+ scholarships provided

100+ research grants

8,600+ patients treated

1,646+ people trained

Focus areas

Focus sectors

  • Health
    • Medical specialities
      • Surgery
        • Organ transplantation
        • Reconstructive surgery
      • Stem cell therapy
      • Genetics
      • Oncology
    • Diseases and conditions
      • Cancers
      • Musculoskeletal diseases
      • Kidney diseases
    • In-patient care
  • Science
    • Biology

Focus populations

  • Academics
    • Researchers
  • Low-income people
  • Women and girls

Focus geographies

  • Middle East
    • United Arab Emirates


  • Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank
  • Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank
  • Ahmed Seddiqi & Sons
  • Al Ansari Exchange
  • Al Rostamani Group
  • Apparel Group
  • Aster DM Healthcare
  • Azizi Investments
  • Chalhoub Group
  • Damas
  • Du telecom
  • Dubai Dental Hospital
  • Dubai Electricity and Water Authority
  • Dubai Golf
  • Dubai Healthcare City
  • Dubai Holding
  • Dubai Islamic Bank
  • Dubai Sports Council
  • Dulsco
  • Dutco
  • Emaar
  • Emirates Airlines
  • Emirates Golf Club
  • Emirates Islamic Bank
  • Emirates NBD
  • Etisalat telecom
  • GEMS Education
  • German Limbtech
  • Green Coast Enterprises
  • Grosvenor House
  • HDS Group
  • Instashop
  • Investment Corporation of Dubai
  • Kataria Holding
  • Kef Holdings
  • Khalaf Ahmad Al Habtoor Foundation
  • Khalifa Jumaa Al Nabooda Group of Companies
  • Khansaheb Civil Engineering
  • Landmark Group
  • lululemon
  • mahzooz
  • Majid Al Futtaim
  • Malabar Gold and Diamonds
  • Marriott International
  • Mediclinic
  • Millennium Hotels and Resorts
  • Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Global Initiatives
  • Mohammed Bin Rashid University
  • NMC Healthcare
  • Procter and Gamble Middle East
  • Sobha Realty
  • tajawal
  • Tecom Investments
  • Tim Hortons
  • Total
  • Union Coop
  • Zayed Higher Organization for People of Determination


  • A’awen
    This programme provides financial and medical assistance to UAE-based patients in need.
  • Farah
    This programme funds lifesaving treatment and research for paediatric patients.
  • Majlis Al Amal

    A drop-in centre for cancer patients and their families.

  • Medical scholarships programme
    Scholarships funded by Al Jalila Foundation for Emirati students studying medicine.
  • Research seed grants

    The programme provides grants up to Dhs 300,000 (US$ 82,000) to support research projects on cancer, cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, obesity, mental health, coronavirus, and other viral diseases, in addition to basic science, applied, or clinical research projects.

  • Ta'alouf
    A programme by Al Jalila Foundation to empower children with disabilities by training their parents, guardians, and teachers to help them manage their disabilities and determine their learning needs.


Funding model

  • Grants to Individuals
  • Grants to organisations
  • Programme related investment

Primary funders

  • Al Rostamani Group
  • Amity University in Dubai
  • Apparel Group
  • AR Al Zarooni Group
  • Aster DM Foundation
  • AW Rostamani Group
  • Azizi Investments
  • Dodsal Group
  • DU
  • Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA)
  • Dubai Islamic Bank
  • Easa Saleh Al Gurg Charity Foundation
  • Emaar Properties
  • GEMS Education
  • Kataria Holdings
  • KEF Holdings
  • Landmark Group
  • Malabar Gold & Diamonds
  • Marriott International
  • Sobha Realty
  • Union Coop

Funding source

  • Corporate
  • Fundraising
  • Government
  • Private


Key staff

  • Amer Al Zarooni, CEO

Board members

  • Raja Easa Saleh Al Gurg, chair
  • Waleed Saeed Al Awadhi
  • Amina Al Rustamani
  • Essan Al Tamimi
  • Amer Ahmad Sharif
  • Amer Al Zarooni

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