Welcome to Circle of Hope UAE

Circle of Hope was founded by Sheikha Shamma bint Sultan bin Khalifa Al Nahyan as the organization which provides oversight for her non-profit social enterprises.  Circle of Hope is comprised of “Wanna Read?”, Beacon of Hope UAE and the  MorEquity.

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Circle of Hope is comprised of “Wanna Read?”, Beacon of Hope and the MorEquity (formerly Women’s Empowerment and Equality Board).

Beacon of Hope

The ‘Beacon of hope UAE’ is a non-profit social enterprise that was founded in March 2016, under the patronage of Sheikha Shamma bint Sultan bin Khalifa Al Nahyan, granddaughter of HH Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan. The initiative worked with young engineering students at Khalifa University to develop a simple-to-assemble solar-light kit, or ‘beacon-in-a-box’, which are delivered to children in war-torn or impoverished areas of the world. There, the children are taught to assemble their own light, which not only gives the youth a lesson in the science and physics of solar-light, but leaves them with a sense of accomplishment at having created it themselves. The ‘beacon-in-a-box’ solar-lights have more than the power to illuminate the night, they have the power to illuminate the mind. ‘Beacon of Hope UAE’ is providing opportunity and hope, one light… and one child, at a time.


To date the initiative have impacted thousands of children in need in Liberia, rural Morocco, Yemen, Somalia, Puerto Rico, Djibouti, Zanzibar and refugee camps in both Jordan and Iraq. Through education, the initiative aims to create a way forward for the children living in these challenged regions, and spur not only a curiosity for learning, but also aspire to light the fire of hope in each of these young minds.

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‘Beacon of Hope UAE’

``Wanna Read?``

“Wanna Read?” is an initiative founded in 2013 to put reading rooms in hospital pediatric wards.  These reading rooms allow for children to have an enriching and inviting area in which to temporarily escape their circumstances through the pages of a book.  Encouraging literacy and promoting a love of reading, “Wanna Read’s?” initial target was to encourage “healing through reading”, but is expanding to make reading a priority amongst all youth, through the creation of reading areas in public spaces throughout the UAE and globally.


Established in 2016, MorEquity (formerly Women’s Empowerment and Equality Board) has served an enabling platform, driving community projects and bringing Emirati and residents of the UAE together. There are over 150 members from the UAE’s largest and most influential organisations who meet regularly for workshops and collaborate on community projects driving changes.

Our Vision: To see a world where gender balance initiatives are no longer required.

Our Mission: In alignment with the UAE’s vision, we will empower community members to create more equity in their professional lives, and work environments.


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