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Awqaf Dubai and MBRU inaugurate Al Mahmeed Endowment

by Dubaiforum

DUBAI, 28th February, 2023 (WAM) — In accordance with the directives of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, to establish a health endowment that supports disease treatment, epidemic management, and healthcare research, the Endowments and Minors’ Trust Foundation (Awqaf Dubai) and the Mohammed Bin Rashid University of Medicine and Health Sciences (MBRU) inaugurated the second health endowment in the emirate. Dr. Wael Al Mahmeed generously funded this endowment.

The endowment consists of a multi-story commercial and residential complex situated on 1,767 square feet of land registered under Awqaf Dubai in Dubai’s Al Murar area. The complex, estimated to have cost AED10 million, comprises three shops and sixteen residential apartments.

The inauguration ceremony was attended by various dignitaries, including Essa Al Ghurair, Chairman of Awqaf Dubai; Ali Al Mutawa, Secretary-General of Awqaf Dubai; Dr. Wael Abdulrahman Al Mahmeed; Dr. Amer Ahmed Sharif, Chief Executive Officer of Dubai Academic Health Corporation (DAHC) and President of MBRU; Professor Alawi Alsheikh-Ali, Chief Academic Officer of DAHC and Executive Vice President of MBRU; and Dr. Amer Mohammad Al Zarooni, Vice President of Administration and Professional Services at MBRU, among others.

Al Mutawa emphasised that the project is in line with the vision of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, which aims to develop preventive measures that protect public health, maintain the health of the community, and proactively address potential health crises.

Al Mutawa highlighted the significance of supporting health research and medical innovations that aid in limiting the spread of epidemics and diseases in society. He further added that Awqaf Dubai is committed to contributing to the preservation of lives, protecting individuals from diseases, and providing a healthy environment by offering advanced means and capabilities for the development of this vital sector.

Dr. Amer Sharif expressed his gratitude to Dr. Wael Al Mahmeed for his generous contribution to the health endowment and commended his pioneering role in supporting medical research, science, and scientists to enhance health outcomes. Dr. Sharif further emphasiSed the significance of the health endowment in achieving the sustainability of the healthcare sector in Dubai, which is one of the strategic priorities of the DAHC. The Corporation aims to increase the emirate’s readiness and competitiveness in the health sector by supporting and developing healthcare, disease prevention, and treatment.

“At the Dubai Academic Health Corporation, our efforts are focused on fulfilling the Corporation’s mission of impacting lives and shaping the future of health through the integration of care, learning, and discovery,” said Dr. Sharif. “Strategic partnerships such as this one are essential for achieving our goals, and we are grateful to our partners Awqaf Dubai for their efforts and ongoing support in developing these innovative endowment projects.”

Dr. Al Mahmeed expressed his pride in contributing to the health endowment and expressed his hope that it would play a pivotal role in driving scientific research and utilising its outcomes to enhance the healthcare sector in the UAE. He further added that the health endowment established by Awqaf Dubai and MBRU offers an excellent opportunity to achieve sustainability in scientific research.

Dr. Al Mahmeed also emphasised that the health endowment is a continuation of his collaboration with MBRU. The two parties had previously collaborated to launch the MBRU-AlMahmeed Collaborative Research Award, which aims to support research on cancer, mental health, brain sciences, and metabolic heart diseases such as diabetes and obesity.

In recognition of his efforts to support research and the scientific community in the UAE, Dr. Al Mahmeed received the MBR Medal for Scientific Excellence from His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum in 2019, becoming the first person to receive this award.

The health endowment in Al Murar is Awqaf Dubai’s second establishment since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic. The first was inaugurated in the Al Bada’a area in 2021.

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