Mohammed bin Rashid issues Law on Knowledge Fund

In his capacity as Ruler of Dubai, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum issued Law No. (16) of 2017 on the objectives, authorities, responsibilities and organisational structure of Dubai’s Knowledge Fund. The Law aims to support Dubai’s vision for the education sector in line with approved policies and strategic plans, and help secure funds for educational initiatives and projects in Dubai and enhance assets and investments in the sector.

Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of Dubai Executive Council His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum also issued the Executive Council’s Resolution No. (59) of 2017 forming the Board of the Knowledge Fund. Ahmad Abdulkarim Julfar chairs the new Board. Members of the Board include a representative from Investment Corporation of Dubai, Knowledge and Human Development Authority, the General Secretariat of Dubai Executive Council and Dubai’s Department of Finance, in addition to Anisa Mohammed Al Shareef and the CEO of the Knowledge Fund.

Pursuant to Law No. (16) of 2017, the Knowledge Fund is responsible for managing and investing allocated funds and assets according to policies approved by the Board. The Fund is authorised to establish private businesses, enter joint ventures, launch education projects, invest in existing education enterprises and allocate land for education-related projects. The Law also prescribes the procedures for the formation and the responsibilities of the Board of the Knowledge Fund.

The Board of the Knowledge Fund is authorised to issue policies and procedures required to implement this Law.  Law No. (16) of 2017 replaces Law No. (9) of 2010 on Dubai’s Knowledge Fund and annuls any other legislation that contradicts or challenges its articles. Law No. (16) of 2017 and Resolution No. (59) of 2017 will be published in the Official Gazette and are valid from the date of publication.

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