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H.E. Huda Ebrahim Alkhamis, Founder of the Abu Dhabi Music & Arts Foundation (ADMAF), and H.E Ali Saeed Bin Harmal Al Dhaheri, Chairman of Abu Dhabi University’s Executive Board 16th Mar 2017


The Abu Dhabi Music & Arts Foundation (ADMAF) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Abu Dhabi University, acknowledging the existence of common principles and goals, and areas of common interest for joint collaboration in the fields of culture and education. The agreement was signed by H.E. Huda Ebrahim Alkhamis, Founder of the Abu Dhabi Music & Arts Foundation (ADMAF), and H.E Ali Saeed Bin Harmal Al Dhaheri, Chairman of Abu Dhabi University’s Executive Board. Building on an ongoing partnership between the two institutions, this agreement will focus on the development of programmes and activities that foster free, creative and critical thinking among students and young people.


Commenting on the signing, H.E. Huda Ebrahim Alkhamis, ADMAF Founder said: “Building on the fruitful relationship between ADMAF and Abu Dhabi University that we have been building in recent years, we look forward to deepening the partnership so that together, we may empower students and the community with an appetite for knowledge and a thirst for creativity that will enable all to contribute to the future prosperity of the UAE.”


With a long-term vision in mind, both parties have agreed to explore various collaborations that already includes ‘Art for Autism’, an annual art competition that celebrates the often-overlooked creativity of people on the autism spectrum. Through the sharing of resources, both parties will foster the communication, exchange of promotion with students, other groups and individuals, nationally and internationally.


Chairman of Abu Dhabi University’s Executive Board, H.E Ali Saeed Bin Harmal Al Dhaheri expressed the University’s appreciation of its ongoing strategic partnership with ADMAF which resulted in many initiatives over the years, as well as opened up new horizons for ADU’s students, allowing them the opportunity to contribute to the positioning of Abu Dhabi as an international hub for arts and culture. “We look forward to reaping the fruits of this new collaboration, and we hope that it inspires the development of joint multidisciplinary educational programs, cultural activities, and scientific conferences that promote a culture of creativity and innovation, and equip students with leadership skills”, added Al Dhaheri.


ADMAF has worked in close collaboration with Abu Dhabi University since 2010 when a Hakawati production was presented during Abu Dhabi University Week of Welcome. ADMAF has also supported the ‘Art or Autism’ competition since the inaugural edition in 2015.


This MOU signing with Abu Dhabi University represents the latest addition to ADMAF’s family of national strategic education partners, which include Zayed University, UAE University, Higher Colleges of Technology, New York University Abu Dhabi, and Zayed Higher Organisation. These collaborations and others with organisations from the cultural, education, health and private sectors ensure ADMAF’s work engages audiences across the whole of the UAE and help deepen the impact and sustainability of its programmes .