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What is Al Jalila Foundation?

What is Al Jalila Foundation?

Al Jalila Foundation is a global healthcare philanthropic organisation dedicated to transforming lives by supporting medical education, ground-breaking research, and access to treatment.

Al Jalila Foundation was founded by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Ruler of Dubai in April 2013. It is one of 33 member organisations under Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Global Initiatives which embody the vision of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid to improve the world through humanitarian, developmental and community work.

How is Al Jalila Foundation transforming lives?

Supporting Medical Research and Innovation

Through research grants, Al Jalila Foundation supports ground-breaking research to address health challenges prevalent in the region including cancer, cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, obesity, mental health, and emerging viral diseases.

Opened in August 2020, the Mohammed Bin Rashid Medical Research Institute, a collaboration between Mohammed Bin Rashid University of Medicine and Health Sciences (MBRU) and Al Jalila Foundation, is a AED 300 million multi-disciplinary world class biomedical research institute. Located on the 7th floor of the Al Jalila Foundation, the Research Institute brings together leading local and international scientists and has already contributed to significant scientific discoveries and landmark publications in peer-reviewed scientific journals.

Investing in Medical Education

Al Jalila Foundation is investing in the next generation of Emirati medical professionals through medical scholarships. The foundation also promotes medical education and research by investing in the UAE’s medical capabilities.

Enabling Access to Medical Treatment

Al Jalila Foundation provides financial medical assistance to UAE-based patients in need:

The A’awen (Arabic for ‘support’) patient treatment programme, in partnership with government healthcare providers, has helped hundreds of patients receive life-changing medical treatment.
For paediatric patients, the Farah (Arabic for ‘happiness’) programme, provides access to life-saving treatment, bringing hope to children and their families. The funds raised through this programme are also invested into cutting-edge research to find cures for diseases affecting children.

Supporting Cancer Patients

Majlis Al Amal, opened in October 2021, is a unique ‘cancer drop-in centre’ dedicated to supporting female cancer patients and survivors.

Al Jalila Foundation’s Hamdan Bin Rashid Cancer Charity Hospital, due to open in 2026, will be the UAE’s first comprehensive cancer charity hospital. This will serve as a centre of excellence for cancer diagnosis, treatment, screening, prevention and research in the region.

Raising Breast Cancer Awareness

Every year in October, Al Jalila Foundation’s #PINKtober campaign raises awareness of breast cancer and the need for early detection, and funds for continuing research into its cause, prevention, diagnosis, treatment and cure.

Empowering Children of Determination

The Ta’alouf (Arabic for ‘harmony’) programme works in unison with strategic partners, parents, educators and the wider community to empower children with special needs or living with disabilities. Training programmes for parents and teachers are offered in Arabic and English.


Al Jalila Foundation’s community fundraising program, #TeamAlJalila, has raised millions of dirhams since 2013. Hundreds of Team Al Jalila members have turned their passions into unique fundraising events to support the Foundation’s initiatives to improve lives.

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