Princess Haya Lays Foundation Stone for Al Noor Centre

Dubai, UAE

Dubai, UAE - 23 May 2006 - HRH Princess Haya Bint Al Hussein, Wife of HH Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of UAE, Ruler of Dubai, laid the foundation stone for the new building of Al-Noor Centre for Special Needs in a ceremony that was attended by HE Maryam Al Roumi, Minister of Social Affairs.

The new purpose built has been donated by HH Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, and is located near the Mall of the Emirates on a plot of land that was granted by the Government of Dubai last year.

Scheduled for completion by February 2007, the construction of the new building for Al Noor Centre began at the directives of HH Sheikh Mohammed, following the working visit that HRH Princess Haya conducted to the centre on 21 November 2005.

“We are very grateful to HRH Princess Haya Bint Al Hussein for her support in building our new centre,” said Khalid Al Halyan, Chairman of the Board of Governors, Al-Noor Centre. “Since the establishment of Al-Noor Centre, it grew up with the backing of Dubai Government and the generous support by the business community. The new facility will accommodate up to 300 students and will improve the quality education we have been providing to our students.”

Celebrating its 25th anniversary this year, Al Noor Centre is one of the first special needs centres in Dubai and has been providing rehabilitative and educational services to special needs children of various ages and nationalities since 1981.

“The education of 220 students with special needs of all ages is not an easy task and depends largely on financial support from both public and private sectors. Our students are multinational, and come from the UAE and countries all around the world,” added Mr. Al Halyan.

The two-story complex will include numerous departments for various specialized therapies. It will also include spacious training classes along with state-of-the-art sports and entertainment facilities, a multi-purpose sports hall and a swimming pool. The facility with the capacity of 300 students will enable the Centre to continue providing professional and holistic services to all students under one roof.