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From Charity to Social ChangeTrends in Arab Philanthropy$
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Barbara Ibrahim and Dina H. Sherif

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9789774162077

Published to Cairo Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5743/cairo/9789774162077.001.0001

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The United Arab Emirates

The United Arab Emirates

(p.165) 8 The United Arab Emirates
From Charity to Social Change

Barbara Lethem Ibrahim

Dina H. Sherif

American University in Cairo Press

This chapter discusses philanthropy in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). Gulf states like the UAE are notable for the ways in which people have revamped and invigorated traditional channels of giving, such as waqf and charitable associations, while also launching large-scale and strategic foundations like the Mohamed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Foundation and the Emirates Foundation. As with technology, sometimes the benefits of being a so-called latecomer can be great in terms of capitalizing on the accumulated knowledge and lessons learned from those who already have been in the practice for years. One thing is certain: If the accumulation of wealth and private equity has dominated the mindset of Emiratis for the past several decades, how to use that wealth for public benefit now seems to be high on their list of priorities as they determine the regional role they wish to play in the decades to come.

Keywords:   Arab philanthropy, waqf, charitable organizations, Mohamed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Foundation, Emirates Foundation, United Arab Emirates

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