Dubai Duty Free Foundation Partners with Al Jalila Foundation



The retailer signed an MoU for its Dhs 500,000 contribution for 10 years

The Dubai Duty Free Foundation has partnered with Al Jalila Foundation by signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) aimed at supporting the non-profit global philanthropic organisation, which is dedicated to transforming lives through medical education and research.

The Foundation, founded by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai aims to position Dubai and the UAE at the forefront of medical innovation.

Under the agreement, the airport retailer commits to contribute Dhs500,000 every year to support Al Jalila Foundation’s medical research aspirations as well as other projects that are best aligned with the goals of the Dubai Duty Free Foundation.

The agreement will run for ten years commencing this month and it was signed by Dubai Duty Free’s Executive Vice Chairman and CEO, Colm McLoughlin and Dr. Abdulkareem Sultan Al Olama, CEO of Al Jalila Foundation.

Commenting on the MoU signing, Colm McLoughlin said, “We are pleased to announce our partnership with Al Jalila Foundation which honours the vision of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of UAE and Ruler of Dubai. We launched the DDF Foundation back in 2004 with the objective of improving the lives of families and in particular women and children both in the UAE and around the world. Since then, we have supported 39 local and 52 overseas charities including the travel retail industry-led Hand in Hand for Haiti, Sightsavers in India and in the Philippines with Smile Train, to name a few, which is a clear indication of Dubai Duty Free’s ongoing commitment to the community.”

Dr. Abdulkareem Sultan Al Olama said, “Al Jalila Foundation is committed to transforming lives through medical research, education and treatment and our success is dependent on the support of our partners and donors. Dubai Duty Free Foundation’s long-term commitment to fund our work will enable us to continue to fulfil our mission. Through this partnership we are further empowered to support important healthcare causes, from empowering children with special needs to providing lifesaving treatment to patients and investing in medical research to discover better treatment options for diseases prevalent in the region. We are truly grateful for the support from DDF Foundation and look forward to working together to improve lives”.

Over the past four years, Al Jalila Foundation has invested Dhs59 million in high-impact healthcare programs in the areas of medical treatment, education and research in the UAE and globally. Relying solely on donor funding, it has reached over 1.6 million beneficiaries from 129 nationalities since 2013.

Al Jalila Foundation is named after Her Highness Sheikha Al Jalila Bint Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the daughter of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed and Chairperson of Dubai Healthcare City Authority Her Royal Highness Princess Haya Bint Al Hussein.

The foundation promotes medical education and research by investing in the UAE’s medical treatment capabilities; it provides scholarships to nurture a home-grown generation of medical professionals and supports ground-breaking research that addresses health challenges prevalent in the region. Al Jalila Foundation is fully funded by the generosity of donors. 100% of funds donated to Al Jalila Foundation are invested into medical research, education and treatment in the UAE.