About Community Jameel

Community Jameel is a global philanthropy innovating for a better future.

Working across six areas – livelihoods, arts, education, health, climate and evidence – we are continuing the Jameel family tradition of philanthropy established in 1945.

Fady Jameel, President, International

Bridging the gap between cutting-edge innovations in the labs and impact in the field is central to Community Jameel's mission. Our programmes focus on translating research into action, by drawing together the worlds of academia and development, researchers and humanitarians, and breaking out new advances from the labs and driving them into the field.

Global Grad Show conference in Dubai, November 2019


Hassan Jameel, President, Saudi Arabia

My grandfather was a very generous man. He wasn’t educated in the conventional sense—business was his education—but he recognised the value of giving back. He would support communities around his town, regardless of what the issues were. My father institutionalised that generosity and the philanthropic concept that has manifested into Community Jameel—our philanthropic organisation, where its teams are held to measurements and metrics.

Interview with McKinsey & Co., January 2020

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In 1945, my father, the late Abdul Latif Jameel, established his business and began a tradition of charitable giving and community projects. Over the rest of his life, he helped tens of thousands of people, in Saudi Arabia and beyond.

His vision lives on today in Community Jameel.

Mohammed Abdul Latif Jameel KBE
FOUNDER, COMMUNITY JAMEEL Learn more
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The story begins

Abdul Latif Jameel establishes the Jameel family tradition of supporting the community

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Jameel Management Centre established at AUC

Abdul Latif Jameel Management Centre opens at the old American University in Cairo (AUC) campus

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Jameel-Toyota Scholarship established at MIT

The scholarship opens access to undergraduate study at MIT for students from more than 25 countries

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Abdul Latif Jameel Hospital opens in Jeddah

The hospital is the first of its kind in Saudi Arabia, specialising in physical rehabilitation

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Community Jameel established

Our founder, Mohammed Jameel, formalises the Jameel family’s global philanthropy

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Bab Rizq Jameel established

Our flagship livelihoods initiative launches in Saudi Arabia to improve job prospects for people

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Art Jameel established

Art Jameel supports artists and creative communities in the Middle East, North Africa and beyond

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Our partnership with J-PAL starts

J-PAL supports evidence-based policymaking through randomised impact evaluations

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Jameel Gallery of Islamic Art reopens at the V&A

Visitors flood in to appreciate the works of Islamic art showcased in the refurbished museum gallery

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First Arab Startup Competition launches

We cofound an annual competition that empowers entrepreneurs in the Arab world

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Jameel House of Traditional Arts in Cairo opens

The centre teaches young Egyptians Islamic geometry and craftsmanship, to preserve local heritage

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Bab Rizq Jameel Egypt established

Our flagship job creation initiative expands to Egypt, helping men and women into work

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Bab Rizq Jameel Turkey established

Bab Rizq Jameel Turkey provided support for eight years to Turkish men and women seeking employment

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Jeddah Sculpture Museum opens

The museum restores world-famous sculptures on the Corniche, in partnership with Jeddah Municipality

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Bab Rizq Jameel Morocco established

Our livelihoods initiative continues to expand, helping to bring job opportunities to Morocco

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Abdul Latif Jameel Water and Food Systems Lab opens

MIT and Community Jameel co-found J-WAFS to find solutions to global water and food challenges

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World’s tallest flagpole unveiled in Jeddah

Record-breaking flagpole unveiled with Jeddah Municipality on Saudi Arabia’s 84th National Day

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Jameel House of Traditional Arts in Jeddah opens

Art Jameel opens a centre for artisanship and heritage preservation in Jeddah’s historic district

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MIT Enterprise Forum Saudi Arabia launches

MITEF chapter established in Saudi Arabia dedicated to the promotion of entrepreneurship

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Abdul Latif Jameel World Education Lab established

MIT and Community Jameel co-found the lab to spark a global renaissance in education

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Art Jameel partners with Delfina Foundation

A collaboration with London’s top provider of international residencies to develop new programming

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Jameel Arts Centre opens in Dubai

In its opening week, over 10,000 people flock to the first private contemporary art museum in Dubai

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Jameel Clinic at MIT established

We join forces with MIT to harness the power of artificial intelligence to revolutionise healthcare

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Atelier Cairo Art Jameel launches

A new platform to support Egyptian craftspeople to start or expand their businesses

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Jameel Institute founded at Imperial College London

The institute brings expertise in data analytics and epidemiology to strengthen responses to disease

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Bocelli-Jameel Scholarship starts at RCM in London

We partner with Andrea Bocelli Foundation to help talented students access world-class music education

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