For Musaab Abdo Murshed al-Maamari, continuing his studies after high school has meant striking out on a new path: he signed up for a practical engineering program in Dubai rather than enrolling in college.
For most countries in the Gulf region, including the UAE, schools follow the traditional two-track system, and the new decision will have profound implications.
The Ministry of Education’s move to merge arts and science streams in public schools will give pupils more time to make career decisions, academics say.
The education landscape in Dubai is changing drastically. Universities in the UAE are increasingly adding online courses, and the Foundation's Soha Shami comments.
In the United Arab Emirates experimental economics research has largely been nonexistent. However, that is starting to change, and the Foundation is currently conducting research related to behavioral economics and English instructors.
Building on the initial success of its library project in the Ras Al Khaimah prison, the Al Qasimi Foundation has expanded its prison initiative to include English language classes and life skills workshops for inmates.
In the Muslim calendar, Ramadan is a time of fasting and spiritual reflection, re-connecting with family and friends, and sharing thankfulness. The Al Qasimi Foundation again hosts an ifrar to introduce community members, particularly expatriates, to local Ramadan traditions.
Made in the UAE: An Evening of Emirati Short Films features diverse perspectives from some of the UAE's most talented filmmakers and is an initiative of the Sheikh Saud bin Saqr Al Qasimi Foundation for Policy Research.
Wes Schwalje is the chief operating officer at Tahseen Consulting and author of the Al Qasimi Foundation's latest working paper: A Conceptual Model of National Skills Formation for Knowledge-based Economic Development in the Arab World. He writes that swift action must be taken to create sustainable jobs and develop the GCC region into a truly global knowledge economy.
Even as the UAE puts impressive and effective measures in place in education to take its knowledge-based economy to higher levels, Emirati males are dropping out of school at concerning rates.