'Abdulla Al Ghurair Foundation' pledges $27 million for refugee education

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File photo showing school children in the UAE. (Reuters)
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File photo showing a group of students benifiting from scholarships offered by "Abdulla Al Ghurair Foundation for Education", UAE. (Courtesy Al-Gurair Group)
Updated 20 June 2018
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'Abdulla Al Ghurair Foundation' pledges $27 million for refugee education

DUBAI: On World Refugee Day, Abdul Aziz Al Ghurair, Emirati businessman and philanthropist, announced the Abdul Aziz Al Ghurair Refugee Education Fund, a new 100M AED ($27 million) initiative to benefit 5,000 children and youth over 3 years.

Abdul Aziz Al Ghurair said: “I established this fund because I believe that philanthropists have a role in helping to address one of the most acute challenges of our region: lack of education opportunities for young people who need it the most.”
The Fund will award grants to support secondary, vocational and tertiary education programs for refugee youth in Jordan and Lebanon. It will also support children of families who due to wars and disasters in their home countries, temporarily reside in the UAE but are unable to afford school fees. The first round of grants will be announced prior to the start of the new school year.

Applauding this initiative, Filippo Grande, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees said: “We welcome the generous commitment by Abdul Aziz Al Ghurair. The Fund highlights the importance of the Arab world’s business community in creating a positive impact through supporting the region’s displaced communities.”

Commenting on the initiative, Gordon Brown, United Nations Special Envoy for Global Education said: “There can be no better investment in the future of the Arab region than to support the education of the most vulnerable — refugee children and youth.”

The AbdulAziz Refugee Education Fund will be administered by the Abdulla Al Ghurair Foundation for Education. Founded in 2015 and based in Dubai, it is the largest privately funded foundation in the Arab world focused exclusively on education. It aims to improve access to quality education for high-achieving, underserved Emirati and Arab youth. Abdulla Al Ghurair pledged one third of his wealth to the Foundation and set out a target of reaching 15,000 youth over 10 years valued at over $1 billion.


Where We Are Going Today: Fun Time Pizza

Updated 22 February 2019
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Where We Are Going Today: Fun Time Pizza

This chain of arcade and entertainment centers provides children and families with affordable gaming fun, combined with delicious pizza.
With multiple locations in Riyadh, Jeddah, and Dammam, Fun Time Pizza has for years been a popular destination where children can enjoy a fun-filled day of pizza and games.
In addition to a wide range of play centers, arcade machines and sporting challenges, it also offers clown and magic shows every week, making it a place of non-stop excitement and entertainment. There are special packages for group bookings, and it is a popular choice for birthday parties thanks to a dedicated children’s party section.
As for the food, as the name suggests the primary option is freshly baked pizza, but it also serves up burgers, chicken wings, fries and a selection of appetizers for guests to snack on. It also offers coffee and donuts for guests who might need a sugar or caffeine break to boost sagging energy levels.