April 2018
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The Al Qasimi Foundation spent 2017 giving back to our community, investing in our research and programmatic endeavors, while deepening our engagement in issues related to education, philanthropy, community development, the arts, and culture. Read More

Social Impact Bonds (SIBs) are often portrayed as providing both social benefits and financial returns. However SIBs have yet to prove their ability to bring about effective, innovative, and long lasting solutions for social change. This policy paper explains the growth and motivations behind various stakeholder involvement in SIBs and examines current SIB activities across sectors, particularly education. It concludes with policy recommendations for governments to be able to get the most from a SIB initiative. Read More

This policy paper discusses the benefits of arts education. The goals of the research were to 1) identify educational and community benefits to art and arts education; 2) conduct a nationwide survey of existing arts and cultural initiatives to understand the broader contexts of arts programming in the UAE; and 3) identify ways organizations and policy makers could meaningfully engage and support burgeoning arts initiatives in Ras Al Khaimah and the UAE. Read More

Perhaps more than any other emirate, Ras Al Khaimah's urban and rural environments convey the aura of authenticity sought by many visitors to the region. The emirate contains numerous sites of cultural and archaeological interest, many of which are underutilized and underdeveloped. This paper proposes a broader concept of heritage than is usually found in the Gulf, and makes recommendations for how Ras Al Khaimah can be made more accessible to visitors interested in the emirates' history and culture. Read More
Views & Voices
AQF Executive Director Dr. Natasha Ridge, writing for Alliance Magazine, reviews the new report Philanthropy in the Arab Region. The report makes a valuable contribution to understanding philanthropic efforts across the region and draws attention to the challenges facing the nascent sector. Read More
AQF Executive Director Dr. Natasha Ridge, writing for Al-Fanar Media, looks at how the role of the father is changing in the Middle East. She explains her research, which found that Arab father involvement has a positive influence on their children's lives, particularly on their academic success. Read More
Philanthropic support of education has been rapidly growing across the GCC region. However, there has been a shortage of research and discussions of the implications of this increased involvement for the education sector. These discussions are essential for developing inclusive, sustainable policies and practices. Read More
Studies show that arts education improves students' learning outcomes and soft-skill development. Organizations and policymakers should consider it as a way to foster innovation and creativity, increasing students' future employability in the coming knowledge-based economy. Read More
In most of the Gulf, 'heritage' is separated from 'modern' daily life. Ras Al Khaimah is different, as it mixes buildings from different time periods together. Encounters of heritage in this context are frequent, with the Old Town seeing a resurgence as its authenticity, slower pace, and accessibility draw Emiratis and tourists. Read More
Hosted by the Al Qasimi Foundation, the 8th Gulf Comparative Education Symposium (GCES) will be held at the Hilton Garden Inn in Ras Al Khaimah, UAE. The theme of this year's Symposium is "Public, Private, and Philanthropy: Exploring the Impact of New Actors on Education in the GCC", which was inspired by the increasing involvement of various public, private, and philanthropic actors in education in the Gulf region. Read More
The Al Qasimi Foundation is excited to announce the launch of its new blog, Policy & Practice. The blog highlights works and discussions that impact our community, inform policy decisions and best practices, and affect the social, cultural, and economic development of our emirate, the UAE, Gulf region, and beyond. The blog welcomes submissions from academics, practitioners, policymakers, as well as our peer organizations and partners. Read More
Ras Al Khaimah Fine Arts Festival (RAKFAF) Film Grants provide modest start-up funding (25,000 AED) to create short films on topics relevant to the United Arab Emirates and broader Gulf region. One grant is awarded annually and the films produced through the grant are screened at RAKFAF the following year. Read More
In the Headlines
The annual Ras Al Khaimah Fine Arts Festival is back to showcase the work of 84 local and international artists, musicians and filmmakers from over 30 countries. This year's theme is recycled art, encouraging artists to rediscover their inspiration via reused materials while contributing to the conservation of natural resources and endorsing social responsibility. Read More
A photography workshop, part of Ras Al Khaimah Fine Arts Festival, is the latest in series of classes aimed at changing the fortunes of at-risk students. The class is part of the Hands on Learning pilot program, which has been running since 2014. The scheme was launched by the Sheikh Saud bin Saqr Al Qasimi Foundation for Policy Research in response to a 2013 study on male student dropouts in the UAE. Read More
The Ras Al Khaimah Fine Arts Festival “offers residents living in the UAE a way to stay connected to the growing artistic scene in the region and it serves as a springboard for their careers,” said Suqrat bin Bisher, director of the Festival. Among the participating artists, there has been no lack of Hispanic representatives, who contribute imagination and sensitivity with a unique sense of style. Read More
The sixth Ras Al Khaimah Fine Arts Festival came to a close on Friday. This year the event was extended over two weeks and included a variety of workshops for students and inspiring artists, including photography and more. The festivities, open to the public, counted renowned Emirati fashion designers Eman and Elham Al Flamrzi as well as actors Jamal Alghailan, Mansoor Al Feeli, and Sumaya Al Khinna among its attendees. Read More
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