Takatof was set up to help young people become more engaged citizens and use their free time productively. It offers meaningful opportunities to volunteer, helping to build confidence, team working skills and networks which can support future employment. Takatof also offers services to corporates to establish employee volunteering programs and helps to promote a culture of volunteering across the UAE.


SANID is an emergency response volunteering program that draws on the strengths of proven international models. It unites volunteers and prepares them to cope with national and international emergencies, thus demonstrating the country’s readiness to manage any crisis situation. The program is offering services to corporates interested in building their own emergency preparedness and government entities seeking to build this skill set nationwide.

Think Science

Think Science aims to offset the decline in young people studying Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) by getting them inspired about the professional opportunities in this space. The program aims to excite youth about the application of science in the modern world, encourage them to pursue their studies in this area and connect them to businesses looking for STEM talent.

Esref Sah

Esref Sah promotes financial literacy amongst Emirati youth helping young people to manage their personal finances better. This is done through education about budgeting and saving and also through peer mentors. It also works with the education authorities to embed financial literacy into the national curriculum and with financial institutions to help them better serve their customers.


Kafa’at aims to encourage more youth to join the private sector by helping them become ‘job ready’. It provides leadership skills and knowledge about enterprise and social enterprise through training, mentoring and internships. Through its various modules, the program aims to inspire youth about a career in business and to connect private sector companies to top local talent.


Dawamee aims to enable and empower unemployed youth across the UAE. It supports them in developing a career based on market-driven demand and yet can be accessed remotely or on part time bases. Through the launch of the first specialized on-line portal to provide flexible and remote job opportunities.

Maytha Al Habsi

Chief Executive Officer

Message from the CEO

At the start of the new year, I am deeply honored to have been entrusted to lead the Emirates Foundation, which was established in 2005 with the mission of empowering our nation’s youth to become the successful leaders of tomorrow and carry forward the legacy of our founding father, His Highness Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan. I have had the privilege of being with the Foundation since its inception and I am proud to have been part of its remarkable journey of accomplishments, working with its exceptional and inspiring youth and leaders.

With your valuable partnership and support, this organization has charted a remarkable journey of accomplishments over the years towards building a sustainable, prosperous future for many generations to come. I would like to take this opportunity to express my deepest appreciation for your contributions to the achievements of the Emirates Foundation, and to the realization of its mission to deliver social impact and create real change that will carry our nation forward on its path towards continued development.

As we look back over the past 12 months, we have made tremendous strides together in accelerating youth development, aligning with the National Strategy for Youth Development, while increasing youth volunteering opportunities to help embed a culture of volunteering in the Year of Giving. Through launching the largest volunteering platform, ‘Volunteers.ae’ and the first nationwide Youth Development and Youth Wellbeing Index, to delivering the biggest ever Think Science Competition and Fair, large-scale deployment of our emergency relief volunteers, financial literacy awareness building and youth social enterprise programs, we have exceeded our targets in 2017 and expanded our reach through our newly established office in the Northern Emirates to reach over 60,000 youth.

However, our journey is just beginning. With youth development being pushed to the top of the National Agenda, at the closing of our annual Youth Summit in November 2017, we called for greater cooperation between the public, private and community partners to increase youth engagement, placing youth at the forefront of developmental action, and empowering them with the capacity, knowledge and skills to contribute directly to sustainable development and fulfilling the UAE vision 2021.

In 2018, I look forward to working closely with you all to take our youth development initiatives to the next level of success. With the knowledge and experience we have acquired collectively over the last decade as well as our shared mission and clarity of purpose, we have the potential to make a lasting impact on an entire generation and beyond.

I am confident that, we will succeed in creating the opportunities, bridging the gaps and increasing the access youth need to fulfil their ambitions and advance the progress of our nation and its sustainable development.

And there is no better time to step us this commitment and partnership than in 2018, the Year of Zayed.


Maytha Al Habsi

Chief Executive Officer