• Publication date: December 10, 2013

Al Noor

Al Noor Training Centre for Children with Special Needs is a non-profit organization that provides quality and effective training to the Special Needs community of Dubai.

(mbc.net - Dubai) Al Noor Training Centre for Children with Special Needs is a non-profit organization that provides quality and effective training to the Special Needs community of Dubai. Our mission is to provide individuals with special needs, regardless of background, the same opportunity, through professional training and care, to realize their potential and integrate into the wider community.  It is the Al Noor Centre’s vision to help individuals with special needs achieve their highest potential. 

Al Noor Training Centre for Children with Special Needs is the oldest special needs centre in Dubai and first opened its doors in Dubai on 21 November 1981, starting with only eight children in a small villa in Al Wasl Road. In 2006, Her Royal Highness Princess Haya Bint Hussein, Wife of His Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the U.A.E. and Ruler of Dubai, became the first Royal Patron of Al Noor and we are grateful that, through Her Royal Highness’ benefaction, the purpose built facility in Al Barsha was donated to us by HH Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the U.A.E. and Ruler of Dubai.

The new facility has given Al Noor the opportunity to totally transform to integrating Holistic Training, research and services that can be internally benchmarked against international best practices.  The Centre has established tough standards that go well beyond the requirements of the law; creating best practices for our students at the Centre and providing additional guidance for their families.

In 2009, Al Noor garnered ten out of twenty three awards at the PHASE (Princess Haya Awards for Special Education) ceremony, including the Best Special Needs Centre Award, Outstanding Special Needs Project and Outstanding Marketing Campaign among others. In the same year, Al Noor earned the Best Centre Award during the Sheikha Latifa Bint Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Award for Child Creativity.

At the PHASE Awards 2010, Al Noor won Outstanding Fundraising Campaign, Outstanding Board Member and Outstanding Vocational Therapist. In 2011, Al Noor won Outstanding Project, Outstanding Awareness Campaign, Outstanding Physiotherapist, Outstanding Occupational Therapist and Outstanding Music Therapist. Recently, the Centre won 6 awards at the Princess Haya Awards which took place on 12th March 2012.

Today, Al Noor runs under the auspices of the Ministry of Social Affairs. An appointed Board of Governors formulates the governing policies, which are then implemented by the Director of the Centre. Our current roster comprises 284 children from 31 nationalities with various physical and cognitive challenges such as Down syndrome, Cerebral Palsy and Autism.  Al Noor uses a trans disciplinary approach to implement its training programme and, in addition to teaching, offers Physiotherapy, Occupational Therapy, Speech and Language Therapy, Psychological services, Sports and Music.  Al Noor also has its own Work Placement Unit which trains students with a capability for open employment. Work Placement prepares young adults with potential to transit smoothly from the school environment to the adult work environment and integrate them into the society by matching their skills to meaningful job opportunities. Currently, we have students placed in banks, hotels, schools and various other industries in Dubai.

Al Noor also has “Smiles n’ Stuff” , a gift and coffee shop which was created to provide an avenue for showcasing the students’ capabilities and effectively marketing and selling the products made at Al Noor’s Vocational Training Unit under one recognized brand. This shop was officially launched in May 2010.

For more information: http://www.alnoorspneeds.ae