September 2016
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What Have We Learned? New Publications 

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) is a rapidly developing country. According to a common assumption in media and scholarship, however, this development has come with a price: The UAE's expanding expatriate population has led Emiratis to become more diligent about asserting their national identity. This paper approaches these issues through an ethnographic lens.  Read More
The Sheikh Saud bin Saqr Al Qasimi Foundation for Policy Research is pleased to announce Emirati film director Abdulla Al Kaabi and Nigerian cinematographer Usman Oluwaseyi as the first-ever recipients of the Ras Al Khaimah Fine Arts Festival Documentary Film Grant awards.

"The selection committee was impressed with the unique stories the filmmakers presented and believes the finished documentaries will provide new insights into the people and culture of the United Arab Emirates," said Mr. Suqrat bin Bisher, Director of the Ras Al Khaimah Fine Arts Festival. Read More
In the Headlines 

Students in the Al Qasimi Foundation's Hands On Learning program had an opportunity to experience working as a McDonald's team member for a day thanks to a partnership with the Al Safeer McDonald's restaurant in Ras Al Khaimah.  Read More

 
The Abu Dhabi Education Council (ADEC) said on Tuesday that 51 out of 186 private schools may raise their fees for the academic year starting next month, some by up to 50 percent. Despite the announcement, school fee schedules posted by ADEC show that tuition fees will maintain their same price levels as in the elapsed academic year, making parents confused in regards to the fees they will be paying.  Read More


Mandatory training for public school teachers is often repetitive, irrelevant, or provided by unqualified instructors, a study has suggested. The UAE has one of the highest rates of teachers taking part in professional development, at 92 percent, but the survey shows discontent with its quality.  Read More

 
State-funded foundations offer opportunities to promising Emirati youth but lack services to meet the growing needs of at-risk youths, the elderly, and the environment, a study has found.  Read More 
 
Getting every teacher through the UAE's licensing system and maintaining a clearer balance between investment in schools and profits will be key challenges facing the education sector into the next decade, experts say. Dr. Natasha Ridge calls for a more diverse education sector with a wider range of non-profit schools.  Read More 
Tips & Tricks

Focus groups can be diverse. You may have an intimate group of five or a large group of 30. Some participants won't be shy about voicing their opinions, while others may take time to open up to the strangers sitting across the table. Regardless of the topic, focus groups seek to discover key concerns and opinions when there is little or no information available. They are relatively inexpensive and provide deeper information as people engage in longer discussions. Here are some key tips and tricks on leading a successful focus group. Read More
We're Intrigued: Resources with Relevance

Educators often focus on the language skills students who are still learning English lack, but bilingualism is a huge neuro-strength. The ability to speak more than one language means a strong, healthy and complex brain.  Read More


Creative placemaking is an integrative approach to urban planning and community building, in which the arts can play a unique and important role. When art reflects the values and visions of the communities it serves, it becomes a lasting part of those communities.  Read More
 
Philanthropy, in its current institutional form, is only about a century old. Since its inception, both donors and the larger public have debated how individuals can deploy their accumulated wealth to serve the greater good. Is a new gospel of giving on the rise? Eight philanthropic thinkers weigh in.  Read More
 
Spatial skills don't get much attention in K-12 education, despite research pointing to links between spatial reasoning and academic achievement, creativity and the arts. When Linda Swarlis happened upon the research for herself, she had a revelation.  Read More

Public health impacts all of us, in every corner of the globe, every day of our lives - not only our health and safety, but also how we live, what we wear, what we eat, what happens to our environment and the stewardship of our planet. For better or worse, these 100 objects have made their mark on public health. Read More
 
Everyone is in favor of high self-esteem - but cultivating it can be surprisingly tough. Psychologist Guy Winch explains why - and describes smart ways we can help build ourselves up. Read More

The Ras Al Khaimah Fine Arts Festival Committee is now accepting entries for the 5th Annual Fine Arts Festival (RAKFAF2017). Sponsored by the Sheikh Saud bin Saqr Al Qasimi Foundation for Policy Research, information on the entry requirements for each submission category is available online at www.rakfinearts.ae. Submissions close October 22, 2016.
 
The official dates for the 2017 Ras Al Khaimah Fine Arts Festival are February 17-23, 2017. Selected artists' work will be showcased in a week-long exhibition at the Ras Al Khaimah National Museum and a film screening will be held to present the selected films. Tickets will be available for sale starting December 1, 2016 through the Al Qasimi Foundation office.
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To aid in the social, cultural, and economic development of Ras Al Khaimah and the United Arab Emirates through high-quality policy research, strategic capacity development, and purposeful community engagement.
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