Dubai Holding gives $1.3m for obesity research
Dubai, July 16, 2014
Dubai Holding, a leading investment holding company, is set to fund Dh5 million ($1.3 million) towards Al Jalila Foundation’s obesity research in the UAE.
The foundation’s Obesity Research Fund aims at building capacities among specialists to conduct medical research that is UAE-centric, but yields global benefits.
Ahmad Bin Byat, chief executive officer of Dubai Holding, said: “The agreement today is a demonstration of our shared vision of promoting health and wellness in the UAE. We have recently extended our Corporate Wellness Programme’s mandate to go beyond our employees and include the wider UAE community. Our collaboration with Al Jalila Foundation on obesity research is a key component of this enhanced scope and we look forward to strong results and further cooperation.”
Raja Al Gurg, member of the board of trustees and chairperson of the board of Al Jalila, added: “We welcome Dubai Holding’s choice of Al Jalila Foundation as its long-term partner and thank them for this generous support. Dubai Holding and Al Jalila Foundation share a common goal to prioritise the health of our nation.
“Obesity is one of the most common diseases in the UAE and one of five medical health issues identified as a focus for the Al Jalila Foundation Research Centre. Tackling this epidemic relies on support from the whole community and continued investment into medical research. With the support of corporations such as Dubai Holding and the wider community, we can help eradicate obesity for our children and our country for generations to come.”
Dubai Holding has been named as Al Jalila Foundation’s Strategic Wellness Partner, while the foundation has been the official charity of all Dubai Holding Wellness activities. - TradeArabia News Service