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Sightsavers Middle East

Sightsavers was registered in the United Arab Emirates in November 2010. Its aim is to promote our work across the region.

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Contact us

If you would like to support Sightsavers, please get in touch.

Sightsavers Middle East
Office 102-2, E Wing
Dubai Silicon Oasis
PO Box 341117
Dubai, UAE

[email protected]
Phone +971 (04) 372 4580
Fax +971 (04) 372 4583

Haya Mashhood
Head of Partnerships
[email protected]

Sightsavers Middle East is a representative of international charity Sightsavers, also known as the Royal Commonwealth Society for the Blind, UK charity registration number 207544.

We promote the work of Sightsavers throughout the Middle East, from our base in the UAE. We are proud to have HH Sheikh Nahyan Bin Mubarak Al Nahyan as our President in the UAE.

Sightsavers Middle East was registered in the UAE on 10 November 2010. Its purpose in the region is to secure funding for projects in developing countries and build networks with Middle East-based organisations involved in health, education and community development in Africa and Asia.

We are excited about being part of the regional initiatives to help people in Africa and Asia, which are both on the doorstep of this region.

We are a proud member of the United Arab Emirates community and delighted to be working with many people and organisations in the country and wider region.

Our President in the UAE

HH Sheikh Nahyan Bin Mubarak Al Nahyan.

Sightsavers Middle East is proud to have HH Sheikh Nahyan Bin Mubarak Al Nahyan as its president.

He is the UAE Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research, a graduate of Majdolin faculty at Oxford University and has a very successful business career.

HH Sheikh Nahyan played a crucial role in helping Sightsavers win the support of the Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan Charitable and Humanitarian Foundation to build a training hospital in the Gambia. This hospital, the Sheikh Zayed Regional Eye Care Centre, trains eye health staff in West Africa.

Sightsavers and Sheikh Nahyan share a vision of a world without avoidable blindness and we look forward to many more years of achievement together.

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Advisory board

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Sightsavers Middle East is assisted by an advisory board whose members offer years of experience in commercial, governmental and non-profit sectors.

Members of the advisory board include:

Matthew Hollis
Managing Director, Nama Development Enterprises

Bashir Siman
Advisor to the Board, Al Farida Investments

Nick Cochrane-Dyet
Special Advisor, BP Abu Dhabi

More on Sightsavers’ global management

How we’re run

Our partners

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Partnership is at the core of everything Sightsavers does, and we have a long history of working with partners in the Middle East region.

Some of the partners we are proud to work with in the Middle East include:

  • Al Amaken
  • Al Noor Hospital
  • Arabtec
  • BP
  • CMC
  • Dubai Duty Free
  • Dubizzle
  • Emirates
  • Epic Events
  • Eye of Riyadh
  • Hamad Al Mansoori Photography
  • Moorfields Eye Hospital Dubai
  • Seven Elements
  • Sharjah Charity House
  • Standard Chartered Bank
  • UAE Red Crescent

Read more about our organisation

Sightsavers: our story