Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Foundation

The Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Foundation was founded in 2007 by Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the United Arab Emirates, to focus on health and education, locally and internationally. The foundation also responds to global emergencies, conflict and natural disasters affecting countries and vulnerable communities. In partnership with international development organisations and other local and regional NGOS, government entities, to-date, the foundation has reached more than 87 countries. The foundation also receives funds and donations from corporates in the UAE as well as individual donations through their website.

Related sustainable development goals

  • No Poverty
  • Zero Hunger
  • Good Health and Well-Being
  • Quality Education
  • Gender Equality
  • Clean Water and Sanitation
  • Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • Reduced Inequalities
  • Partnerships for the Goals

Focus areas

Focus sectors

  • Education
    • Vocational education
  • Health
    • Healthcare access
    • Reproductive health care
      • Maternal and perinatal health
  • Humanitarian
    • Youth development
      • Community service for youth
      • Youth services
    • Free goods distribution
    • Special population support
    • Food aid
  • Legal and courts
    • Disasters and emergency management
      • Disasters
      • Disaster relief

Focus populations

  • Orphans
  • Refugees and displaced people
  • Students
  • Teachers
  • Victims and oppressed people
    • Victims of conflict and war
  • Victims of disaster
  • Widows and widowers

Focus geographies

  • Africa
  • Central Asia
  • East Asia
  • Europe
  • Middle East
  • North Africa
  • South Asia
  • South-east Asia


  • Mayo Clinic
  • Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan Hospital
  • Shabwa General Hospital
  • Sheikh Khalifa School
  • UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA)
  • University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center


  • Community Initiatives
    The foundation carries out many community programmes and initiatives across the UAE such as Ramadan Iftars, family activities and sponsoring pilgrims to Mecca, to strengthen the community bond and foster citizenship.
  • Education
    The foundation's education programme focuses on providing vocational and industrial training for marginalised communities and providing fellowships and scholarships for students. They also work on modernising school curriculums in order to tackle issues of unemployment and skills mismatch in the market.
  • Emergency and crises
    The foundation provides humanitarian relief and immediate response to emergencies and crises affecting refugees, immigrants and displaced individuals around the world such as in Pakistan, Iraq, Bangladesh and Haiti.
  • Health
    The health programme focuses mainly on childhood and motherhood care, healthy nutrition and eradication of malnutrition, access to safe water and supporting scientific research related to deadly diseases. Regionally, the foundation focuses on access to health care and investment in healthcare infrastructure such as building of hospitals and clinics.


Funding model

  • Foundation-administered programme awards
  • Grants to organisations
  • In-kind gifts
  • Matching grants
  • Programme related investment

Primary funders

  • Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank
  • Abu Dhabi Fund for Development
  • Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank
  • DU
  • Dubai Islamic Bank
  • Dubai TV
  • Emirates Post Group
  • Etisalat
  • Khalifa Fund For Enterprise Development
  • Mayo Clinic
  • Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan


Key staff

  • director general, Mohammed Haji Al Khouri

Board members

  • Sheikh Mansour Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Chairman

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