Medicine, Education, Women's Empowerment
Healthcare & Education
Constructive partnerships between U.S. and U.A.E. institutions across the fields of healthcare and education help reinforce the close ties between Emiratis and Americans. Through unique programming and facilitating strategic relationships between U.S. and U.A.E. entities, the Business Council, and many of its members, are helping drive the advancement of the U.A.E.’s healthcare and education sectors.
Healthcare exchanges and partnerships between the U.S. and U.A.E. are spurring innovation, research and medical advancements, as well as further enhancing the delivery of healthcare services across the U.A.E.
A transformative $150 million grant from the United Arab Emirates in 2009 established the Sheikh Zayed Institute for Pediatric Surgical Innovation at Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, D.C. Since then, the Institute has made tremendous strides and groundbreaking developments that are improving the health of children in the U.S., the U.A.E. and around the world.
In 2015, Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi opened its doors, bringing extraordinary medical treatment and innovation to the region. The world-class, multi-specialty facility is the first international branch of the U.S.’ Cleveland Clinic, and offers a range of cutting-edge medical and surgical services, improving the quality of care that patients receive in the U.A.E and throughout the Middle East.
In January 2016, Dubai-based holding company Meraas opened Valiant Clinic, a multi-specialty outpatient clinic managed by Houston Methodist Global Health Care Services.
Then, in June 2016, the American Hospital Dubai became the first hospital in the Middle East to join the Mayo Clinic Care Network.
In February 2018, the embassy of the United Arab Emirates in Washington, D.C., and Johns Hopkins Medicine announced the launch of Sheikh Khalifa Stroke Institute, funded by a $50 million gift from the U.A.E. The Institute, with locations in Baltimore and Abu Dhabi, will further develop advances in engineering, artificial intelligence, and precision medicine to better diagnose, treat, and restore function to stroke patients. This gift is believed to be the largest ever for a stroke-specific initiative.
The U.A.E. has also provided gifts to the MD Anderson Medical Center in Houston, Texas.
The Business Council is a strong advocate for the bilateral healthcare relationship and development of commercial and pharmaceutical partnerships. In addition to serving as a platform to discuss increased trade and investment in the healthcare sector, the Council routinely coordinates delegations to provide stakeholders the opportunity to better understand the market and opportunities in both the U.S. and U.A.E.
The U.S.-U.A.E. Business Council was directly involved in bringing New York University to the U.A.E. with New York University Abu Dhabi (NYUAD), the first comprehensive liberal arts and sciences campus with a robust research component to be operated abroad by a major U.S. university. Having opened in 2010, NYUAD provides exceptional education and attracts an esteemed international faculty to Abu Dhabi, providing its diverse array of students with unique education opportunities.
The U.A.E. guarantees equal rights for men and women. Women continue to play a central role in education, government, and business. Including H.E. Noura Al Kaabi, women that play a prominent role in the U.A.E. include:
Sheikha Lubna Al Qasimi, Foreign Trade Minister, who was on Forbes magazine’s 2017 list of the 50 most powerful women in the world.
H.E. Reem Bint Ebrahim Al Hashimy, Cabinet Member and Minister of State for International Cooperation, and Director General and board representative on the higher committee of the EXPO 2020 Dubai.
Dr. Amal Abdullah Al-Qubaisa, the first woman elected as a speaker for the U.A.E. Federal National Council.
Mariam al-Mansouri, the first female fighter pilot in the U.A.E. and one of the first in the U.A.E. Air Force. She participated in the U.A.E. led mission against ISIS.
Ambassador Lana Nusseibeh is the U.A.E.’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations since September 2013 and President of UN Women since January 2017
H.E. Ohoud Al Roumi was elected as the first Minister of State for Happiness.
H.E. Shamma Al Mazrui was elected as the first Minister of State for Youth Affairs.Back to Policy Initiatives