AKDN’s activities in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) centre around education, culture and the arts. We work in partnership with several organisations in the UAE, including Dubai Cares, Abu Dhabi’s Department of Culture and Tourism, and Art Dubai.
The best architecture teaches us to engage with Nature respectfully; not by conquering or subduing it, nor by isolating ourselves away from it. Our host country, the United Arab Emirates, itself offers impressive examples of integrating well the natural and the human environments.
His Highness the Aga Khan Al-Ain, November 2016
Two Aga Khan Award for Architecture ceremonies have been held in the Middle East
The Aga Khan Trust for Culture (AKTC) undertakes several cultural activities in the UAE, including museum exhibitions in the UAE, a talk by the Aga Khan Museum at Art Dubai and a contemporary Arab art exhibition in Canada.
The Aga Khan Early Learning Centre (AKELC) Dubai serves 100 children
The AKELC, for children of all communities aged 1-4 years, offers a secular, bilingual curriculum based on international standards of excellence. It is based within the Ismaili Centre Dubai, a site gifted by the Ruling Family of Dubai.