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Al Habtoor eyes collaboration with Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Dubai business giant holds talks with senior advisor of Foundation set up by Microsoft founder in 2000

Al Habtoor eyes collaboration with Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Microsoft Chairman and CEO Bill Gates with his wife Melinda. (AFP/Getty Images)

Prominent Dubai businessman Khalaf Ahmad Al Habtoor has held talks with a senior advisor to the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to discuss potential collaboration.

The chairman of the Al Habtoor Group welcomed Kofi Rashid to his office to brief Al Habtoor on activities undertaken by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

Al Habtoor, who launched a Foundation in his name in 2013, shared charitable initiatives conducted by his own Foundation, The Khalaf Ahmad Al Habtoor Foundation (KAHF), and discussed potential collaboration, a statement said.

The KAHF aims to promote peace and prosperity around the world, and improve the lives of people in the UAE and abroad, it added.

Al Habtoor said: "Charity starts at home, however, there are many problems affecting the entire world that threaten all our safety. Knowledge sharing and collaboration are important to tackle global issues."

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation was launched in 2000 to improve the quality of life for individuals around the world. The Global Policy & Advocacy Division seeks to build strategic relationships and promote policies that will help advance work of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

"Everyone must do whatever they can within their means to help those less fortunate than themselves. I am lucky enough to be in a position today to help others. I encourage everyone to do the same," Al Habtoor said.