About The Al Qasimi Foundation

The Sheikh Saud bin Saqr Al Qasimi Foundation for Policy Research was established in 2009 to aid in the social, cultural, and economic development of Ras Al Khaimah, a northern emirate in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). Established through Emiri decree by His Highness Sheikh Saud bin Saqr Al Qasimi, UAE Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Ras Al Khaimah, the Foundation is considered a non-profit, quasi-governmental organization.The Al Qasimi Foundation seeks to generate a world-class body of research on Ras Al Khaimah and the broader UAE, develop local capacity in the public sector, and engage the community in its work. Initially focused on education, the Foundation has expanded its priority areas to include health and wellness, urban and community development, and arts and culture. Signature initiatives include competitive international research grants, teacher and student professional development programs, and the annual Ras Al Khaimah Fine Arts Festival.

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About Ras Al Khaimah

Arabic for the “top of the tent,” Ras Al Khaimah is the northernmost emirate of the seven United Arab Emirates (UAE). His Highness Sheikh Saud bin Saqr Al Qasimi has been the ruler of Ras Al Khaimah since 2010 and is dedicated to making Ras Al Khaimah a vibrant home for both Emiratis and expatriates from around the world. As a testament to the emirate’s evolving economic, social, and cultural opportunities, Ras Al Khaimah has enjoyed a notable increase in its population in recent years and is known for the quality of life enjoyed by its residents.  

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Our Community

The history of Ras Al Khaimah, previously known as Julphar, dates back to the third millennium B.C. Historically, Ras Al Khaimah has been a hub of international trade and has sustained fishing, pearl diving, and copper smelting communities. The community continues to preserve its heritage and share its stories with newer residents. 



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