UAE's Manazel inks deal to explore specialist autism school

Developer signs agreement with US-based May Institute to assess need for school in the UAE
Manazel’s chairman Mohamed M Al Qubaisi.
By Staff writer
Mon 11 Dec 2017 01:19 PM

Manazel Real Estate has entered into an agreement with US-based May Institute to explore the need for a school for children with autism spectrum disorder in the UAE.

The memorandum of understanding reflects the shared goals of Manazel and May Institute to support children on the autism spectrum, a statement said.

May Institute is one of the largest providers of special education schools and services for children, adolescents, and adults with autism and other special needs in the US. The non-profit organisation will deliver due diligence services to Manazel to explore this project.

Manazel’s chairman Mohamed M Al Qubaisi said: “I am delighted to announce this strategic alliance with May Institute, which reflects our constant search for opportunities that lead towards growth momentum and the company’s commitment to its on-going expansion strategy to enter new growth and niche markets.

"We continue to work towards achieving the Abu Dhabi Economic Vision 2030 by taking sound steps and studying endeavors which deliver unique and creative real estate projects for the greater community.

"In the pursuit of delivering optimal shareholder value, Manazel remains focused on pursuing opportunities that complements its overall business strategy while also fulfilling  the UAE's efforts to support individuals with disabilities in order for them to be active members of society.”

Dr Lauren C Solotar, president and CEO of May Institute, added: “We look forward to collaborating with Manazel on this assessment and are pleased to share our expertise with the UAE.

“As the number of individuals diagnosed with autism increases across the globe, the need for effective, research-based interventions is more critical than ever.”

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