The United Arab Emirates Embassy in Washington, DC wholeheartedly supported the 2017 Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure by being a premier sponsor and operating a hospitality tent awarding raffle prizes provided by Etihad Airways and serving traditional Emirati refreshments. When the 5K and the one-mile races started, officials from the embassy were cheering on a team of UAE students who were running as well.
Early detection and breakthrough treatments for breast cancer are priorities to the UAE. According to Ambassador Yousef Al Otaiba who said in a press release, “The UAE is honored to support the Susan G Komen Race for the Cure and help achieve a world without breast cancer.”
UAE Support for Medical Research
Ambassador Yousef Al Otaiba explained that the UAE supports innovative medical research for improved global health. Currently, the UAE views partnering with established medical institutions and organizations in the United States as a way to accomplish their goal.
A $150 million gift from Abu Dhabi’s government built The Sheikh Zayed Institute for Pediatric Surgical Innovation at Children’s National Medical Center. The Institute focuses on R&D that will transform pediatric surgery.
A generous donation from His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan helped fund the Sheikh Zayed Tower the Johns Hopkins Heart and Vascular Institute. His Highness, the current UAE president, made the donation to help build the two 12-story towers to honor his father, the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan.
To show their appreciation for the kidney transplant that UAE’s founder Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan received in the US, the UAE is the primary sponsor of the New York Road Runners’ Annual Healthy Kidney 10K in New York City, which benefits the National Kidney Foundation.
The UAE’s Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Foundation
A $150 million grant from the Khalifa Foundation established The Sheikh Zayed Building for Personalized Cancer Care at MD Anderson Cancer Center, which houses the Center for Pancreatic Cancer Research. The foundation also funds the Faculty Scholar Program to facilitate independent research projects.