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Dear Friends,

We hope that you are doing well and have had a great kick-start to 2023!

For us this year, the key achievement for the first quarter was the successful completion of the 11th Annual edition of the Ras Al Khaimah Fine Arts Festival. The Festival welcomed more than 34,000 visitors admiring the creative works of over 135 artists from more than 40 nationalities. We genuinely appreciate the immense support of our strategic partners, artists, collaborators, and the Al Qasimi Foundation team. 

In this newsletter, we would like to share highlights from Q1 and what’s happening now at the Foundation.

  • Discover professional development opportunities in Ras Al Khaimah;
    • The Scholarship Office invited leaders from selected top-tier universities in the USA to provide free info-session on admission procedures. Register your interest for the second session on May 12, 2023.
  • Engage with Dr. Tiffany Smith & Abdulla Al Hreaibi on our rebranded podcast Muhadata.’;

Keep scrolling to read all our latest updates and extended highlights of our initiatives and opportunities.

As always, we look forward to the continuation of this success moving forward. 

 Your friends at the Al Qasimi Foundation.




2024 Ras Al Khaimah Fine Arts Festival

Submissions open for artists & workshop proposals until May 31, 2023

With the theme ‘In Motion,’ The 2024 Ras Al Khaimah Fine Arts Festival represents a new beginning and a chance to reimagine post the stillness of the pandemic. It is an opportunity for artists to question what should be the new “normal” and an invitation to embrace the beauty, diversity, and constant evolution of the world around us. Share this news with your artist friends now. The submission date closes on May 31, 2023.

November 1- 2, 2023  Hilton Garden Inn, Ras Al Khaimah


The 10th Biannual Gulf Comparative Education Society Symposium

Towards Sustainable Education: Global Goals and Local Contexts

 Call for Submission Papers extended till May 15, 2023

The 10th anniversary of the Gulf Comparative Education Society (GCES) Conference invites scholars, thinkers, and educators to reflect on the intersection between sustainability in education, localization, and public policy in the Gulf region. This Conference, scheduled to be held between November 1-3, 2023, at Hilton Garden Inn, Ras Al Khaimah, aims to provide scholars with the space to reflect on how education in the Gulf can become more sustainable by 2030 by focusing on crucial issues within the sector, such as equity and inclusion, privatization, education reform, and teacher professional development, among others.


Women in Organizations: From Theory to Practice in the UAE - Ras Al Khaimah & the Northern Emirates

Read our new publication on the research findings of the need for organizational support that is required for highly educated national and expatriate women in the Arab Gulf states.  The goal of this project was to address relatively low levels of career persistence by women.
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More to read - our enthralling new blog posts

Ashley Mayworm highlights the importance of developing student well-being as a 'whole,' including building social-emotional skills, positive character, and promoting happiness.
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More to read - our enthralling new blog posts

Masarratfatima Sulaimani, our former artist-in-residence, takes us through her creative process and shares her experience as an artist-in-residence. She shares the joys and challenges of bringing her vision to life from inspiration to final product.

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Tune into our rebranded Podcast

This season, we are back with a new brand name for our Podcasts. 'Muhadata' meaning 'In Conversation' will have Dr. Tiffany Smith & Abdulla Al Hreaibi having exciting and engaging conversations with influencing guests. With over 26,700 listeners tuned in, the AQF podcasts are getting more popular. Save this to your favorites!
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Eager to learn in the United States?

Join our free info-session by invited leaders from selected top-tier universities in the USA (Vanderbilt University, Washington University, and Barnard College (Columbia University). They offer to educate prospective higher education Emirati and expat applicants about the US university application process and how to develop a compelling and competitive college application.

Click on the link to register interest for the second session on May 12, 2023. 

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The Al Qasimi Foundation seeks to aid in the social, cultural, and economic development of Ras Al Khaimah and the United Arab Emirates through high-quality policy research, strategic capacity development, and purposeful community engagement.