Takatof was set up to help young people become more engaged citizens and use their free time productively. It offers meaningful opportunities to volunteer, helping to build confidence, team working skills and networks which can support future employment. Takatof also offers services to corporates to establish employee volunteering programs and helps to promote a culture of volunteering across the UAE.


SANID is an emergency response volunteering program that draws on the strengths of proven international models. It unites volunteers and prepares them to cope with national and international emergencies, thus demonstrating the country’s readiness to manage any crisis situation. The program is offering services to corporates interested in building their own emergency preparedness and government entities seeking to build this skill set nationwide.

Think Science

Think Science aims to offset the decline in young people studying Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) by getting them inspired about the professional opportunities in this space. The program aims to excite youth about the application of science in the modern world, encourage them to pursue their studies in this area and connect them to businesses looking for STEM talent.

Esref Sah

Esref Sah promotes financial literacy amongst Emirati youth helping young people to manage their personal finances better. This is done through education about budgeting and saving and also through peer mentors. It also works with the education authorities to embed financial literacy into the national curriculum and with financial institutions to help them better serve their customers.


Kafa’at aims to encourage more youth to join the private sector by helping them become ‘job ready’. It provides leadership skills and knowledge about enterprise and social enterprise through training, mentoring and internships. Through its various modules, the program aims to inspire youth about a career in business and to connect private sector companies to top local talent.


Dawamee aims to enable and empower unemployed youth across the UAE. It supports them in developing a career based on market-driven demand and yet can be accessed remotely or on part time bases. Through the launch of the first specialized on-line portal to provide flexible and remote job opportunities.

Chairman’s Message

Emirates Foundation was established in April 2005 under the guidance of His Highness Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the UAE and Ruler of Abu Dhabi, and the meticulous direction of his brother, His Highness Sheikh Mohammad Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces.

Built around the vision of establishing a leading institution in the field of social welfare and carrying forward the philanthropic legacy of the late Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan, founding father of the UAE, Emirates Foundation set out to empower individuals and institutions to articulate their social responsibility and give back to the community. Since 2005, Emirates Foundation has continued to achieve these aims by encouraging public and private sector partnerships and through initiating successful community-oriented projects.

The New National Initiative

We are now moving towards a new future for Emirates Foundation, with a new direction and a new corporate identity. Our aim is to make a positive contribution to the UAE society.
Based on our conviction that youth plays a vital role in community development and are the future of the country, we have made a conscious decision to position them as our primary focus and we are now launching an integrated national initiative that invests in UAE youth.

The new model will focus on three main areas:


Ensuring that the initiatives funded initially by the Foundation mature into self-sustaining entities that can survive long after the foundation exits


Building long-term partnerships with the private sector, related authorities and stakeholders


Ensuring long-term sustainable development outcomes that are tangible and measurable.

We have also supported and financed social non-profit institutions and initiatives to protect and maintain the unique Emiratis environment and have launched public awareness campaigns on various issues of concern to the community.

We aim to move away from providing short term support and focus instead on long-term challenges facing young people in the UAE and helping them reach their potential. It will also work with business to ensure that the private sector is able to deliver a social return through its social investment initiatives.

We ask them to continue their generous contributions and remain committed towards their social responsibility. I am confident that together we can achieve our noble cause and make an impactful difference.

The changes to Emirates Foundation are not limited to the name and logo but mark a radical shift reiterating our focus on social investment in young people.

Together we reaffirm our commitment to make a difference.