Dubai Duty Free renews Dubai Cares partnership for a further three years

By Luke Barras-hill |

The Dubai Duty Free (DDF) Foundation has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Dubai Cares for another three years.

DDF’s alliance with Dubai Cares, part of Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Global Initiatives (MBRGI), began in 2017.

Under the agreement, the DDF Foundation will donate AED 1.5 million/US$408,440 to Dubai Cares annually for a period of three years.

This will support the organisation’s efforts towards helping it achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) 4 that aims to ensure more inclusive and equitable quality education for children and young people, and promote lifelong learning by 2030.

Colm McLoughlin, Executive Vice Chairman and CEO, Dubai Duty Free said: “We are delighted to renew our partnership with Dubai Cares through this MoU to continue supporting their educational programmes that will benefit children and young people in underprivileged communities around the world. We will also continue working with them closely to identify specific initiatives that tie in with our own Foundation’s objectives.”

H.E. Dr. Tariq Al Gurg, CEO and Vice Chairman of Dubai Cares, added: “Purpose-driven collaboration sits at the heart of philanthropic impact and partnerships with entities such as the Dubai Duty Free Foundation are crucial to helping Dubai Cares further its efforts to position education at the core of our Sustainable Development Goals.

The new agreement was signed by DDF Executive Vice Chairman and CEO Colm McLoughlin and H.E. Dr. Tariq Al Gurg, Chief Executive Officer and Vice Chairman of Dubai Cares (pictured top). Also present at the MOU signing was Olympia Pineda, Manager – Corporate Responsibility Department, DDF (pictured far left); Zainab Faraidooni, Deputy Director – Donor Relations and Partnerships, Dubai Cares (second left); Sinead El Sibai, Senior Vice President – Marketing, DDF (fifth left); and Dr. Bernard Creed, Senior Vice President – Finance, DDF (sixth left).

“We are thankful to the Dubai Duty Free Foundation for their long-standing association and support that enable us to continue working towards unlocking the potential of education in transforming the lives of individuals and communities and accelerating progress towards a prosperous and sustainable future for all.”

The Dubai Duty Free Foundation was established in October 2004 and runs under the auspices of His Highness Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saeed Al Maktoum, President of Dubai Civil Aviation Authority and Chairman of Dubai Duty Free.

The Foundation has supported a number of Dubai Cares programmes across different countries around the world since 2017.

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