In his capacity as the Ruler of Dubai, UAE Vice President and Prime Minister His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum has issued Law No. (9) of 2013 establishing the Al Jalila Child Culture Centre as a public institution. His Highness also issued Decree No. (31) of 2013 appointing HRH Princess Haya bint Al Hussein as Chairperson of the Board of Trustees of the Al Jalila Child Culture Centre .
Both Law No. (9) and Decree No. (31) of 2013 are effective from their date of issuance and shall be published in the official gazette.
Law No. (9) of 2013 defines goals for establishing the aforementioned centre with a special focus on preserving the identity and the cultural heritage associated with Emirati children who constitute an important segment of society. The objectives also comprise maintaining a safe social environment to augment the role of family and school, presenting heritage to children in an innovative and exciting approach that does not contradict with the concept of modernity, developing skills and nurturing talent so as to sustain a progressive human development drive.
Article III of Law No. (9) stipulates that the Al Jalila Child Culture Centre is to be established as an autonomous corporate entity that is independent in terms of finance and administration. The centre, which will be attached to the Culture and Arts Authority in Dubai, will also have the legal capacity to practice its powers and pursue the realisation of its goals.
Al Jalila Child Culture Centre is tasked with rolling out programmes and initiatives that connect institutions and members of society to boost up the culture, heritage, traditions and values associated with childhood and means of utilising modern day tools to enhance different aspects of the child s personality. The centre will undertake an important role of putting into motion programmes that focus on developing the skills, critical thinking, innovation and creativity of children alongside equal focus on improving personality characteristics.
In the context of creating and sustaining a rich environment that augments the role of family and school, Al Jalila Child Culture Centre shall have the capacity to issue publications and organise cultural activities that involve children, parents and teaching staff. Furthermore, the centre will be capable of establishing companies and carrying out investment projects to create financial resources. It will also establish direct connections with similar centres, authorities, societies, and organisations both locally and internationally.
Chaired by the Wife of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum HRH Princess Haya bint Al Hussein, the Board of Trustees of Al Jalila Child Culture Centre will be tasked with defining the general policy and creating strategic and development plans that serve the goals of the centre. It will also adopt administrative, financial and technical regulations that govern the centre as an entity capable of establishing committees, both temporary and permanent, and ink agreements with relevant societies, institutions and authorities.
As per Law No. (9) of 2013, the Chairperson of the Board of Trustees shall appoint a Chief executive Officer and a Chief Technical Officer in addition to a number of employees in administration, finance and technical departments.