July 2018
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Obesity is a problem of epidemic proportions around the globe, especially in the Arab Gulf countries. Pregnant women's poor diets, as well as family eating habits, have been shown to contribute to the development of unhealthy diets in children, leading to obesity. This Al Qasimi Foundation funded study explores the diet and eating habits of expectant parents and their families during pregnancy in Ras Al Khaimah, UAE, and tests the effectiveness of nutrition trainings and tools to increase awareness of healthy eating to improve family diet. The positive results of the study are used to recommend actions to address the growing obesity problem in the region. Read More

There is an increasing number of incidences and deaths from breast cancer among Emirati women, with more aggressive forms of the disease being noted, particularly among younger women. Effective, well-designed early detection and screening strategies with high participation rates are essential if the burden of breast cancer is to be reduced. However, these preventive strategies should be tailored to the local population. This study explores the attitudes towards breast health and breast cancer of women living in Ras Al Khaimah, UAE. It also examines mammographic breast density profiles and gives evidence-based recommendations for increasing breast cancer awareness, promoting education, and improving early detection. Read More

In the UAE, breast cancer is the leading cause of death among women and chemotherapy drugs are widely used to treat it. However, chemotherapy drugs are not able to differentiate between the cancerous and healthy tissues. This leads to its well-known harmful side effects, which include hair loss, fatigue, nausea and weak immune system. This paper argues for the potential effectiveness of delivering chemotherapy drugs to tumors in protective barriers (drug encapsulation in a nano-carrier), which isolates the drug from healthy tissues. This policy paper also offers recommendations for furthering cancer research in the UAE and Gulf region. Read More
Views & Voices
Over the past few years, innovative out-come based funding models have been receiving increasing amounts of interest from governments, philanthropic organizations, and NGOs worldwide. One such model, Social Impact Bonds (SIBs), uses private capital to fund social services and promises both social benefits as well as financial returns . However, SIBs are a recent invention that has yet to prove itself. Read More
AQF Visiting Scholar Dr. Helen Abadzi, writing for Al-Fanar Media, discusses how the near-absence of inflection in English has helped make it an international language. This has spoiled the prospects of Modern Standard Arabic as an easy vehicle of communication. Why is that, and what should be done about it? Recent research conducted at the Al Qasimi Foundation points to possible solutions. Read More
AQF Executive Director Dr. Natasha Ridge, writing for Edu Alliance, discusses the challenges of preparing GCC students for higher ed abroad. While higher ed in the GCC has improved, families and policymakers still prefer to send national students to study abroad. However, many students are only offered a conditional admission. The Al Qasimi Foundation has identified four key challenges to GCC students being directly admitted into degree programs. Read More
Announcements
The Ras Al Khaimah Fine Arts Festival 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. Grants are awarded annually and the films produced will be screened at the 2019 Fine Arts Festival. Read More
The Al Qasimi Foundation Teacher Scholarship application deadline has been extended to July 31st, 2018. The master’s degree, short-course, and action research scholarships are open to teachers from all nationalities who teach in a Ras Al Khaimah government school or work in the Ras Al Khaimah Ministry of Education. Read More
In the Headlines
H.H. Sheikh Saud bin Saqr Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Ras Al Khaimah, honored about 70 government school students at the Al Qasimi Foundation's 2018 College Preparation Program Student Awards Ceremony. The students received awards from H.H. for their efforts and academic performance. Read More
The People of Ras Al Khaimah book is a compilation of portraits and interviews with more than 50 people – Emiratis and long-term residents who witnessed the country’s transition from a pre-oil economy. Thanks to the support of the Ras Al Khaimah Government and the Al Qasimi Foundation, the book was launched on Thursday, June 7th, in Ras Al Khaimah . Read More
Thanks to a collaboration between the Consulate of Peru in Dubai and the Al Qasimi Foundation, the art exhibition "The Heart of the Andes" was able to share the artistic and cultural legacy of Peru with the people of Ras Al Khaimah. The two-week exhibition featured Peruvian photographs, watercolors, and ceramics . Read More
As world education trends move towards science, technology, engineering and math, arts and sport must not be overlooked, as integrating them into school curriculums has been shown to help students better connect with their work and increase their well-being and academic performance. Read More
Schools need to dedicate more time for Arabic language classes and return to basic grammar tests if they are to support struggling students. Experts at the Gulf Comparative Education Society Symposium, organized by the Al Qasimi Foundation, emphasized the need to improve academic achievement and Arabic language fluency of students from Grade 1 . Read More
A new study presented at the Gulf Comparative Education Society Symposium, organized by the Al Qasimi Foundation, seeks to understand why some teachers appear to lose confidence in and give up on students, especially Emirati boys, that underperform in school . Read More
Women in Arab Gulf countries are enthusiastic about higher ed, but seek it for the sake of personal fulfilment and not in the expectation of getting professional qualifications, according to a new study by Woohyang Chloe Sim to be published later this year by the Al Qasimi Foundation. Read More
There are now more women than men in higher ed worldwide. While it would appear to be a victory for gender equality, this imbalance also highlights boys’ educational underachievement. So why does this gender disparity exist, what are its implications, and what research and programming is trying to address it? Read More
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