Founding Partner

Art Jameel – the new name for ALJCI’s arts and culture initiative – was created to form partnerships with art organizations worldwide to foster and promote a thriving arts scene inside the MENAT region, support the development of creative enterprises, and develop cultural exchange programs to encourage networking and knowledge sharing.

Art Jameel has a longstanding partnership with the Victoria & Albert Museum in London providing the Jameel Prize for contemporary art and design inspired by Islamic tradition. The Prize was conceived after the redesign and redisplay of the V&A's Jameel Gallery of Islamic Art, which opened in July 2006. Art Jameel is also the founding partner of Edge of Arabia, The Crossway Foundation, Jeddah Art Week, 1001 Inventions and The Archive. Additional projects include Jeddah’s Open Air Museum, a public sculpture park of international artists established in collaboration with Jeddah Municipality, an art center in Dubai, and the development of art courses in Saudi schools, in collaboration with the Ministry of Education in Saudi Arabia.

Abdul Latif Jameel Community Initiatives (ALJCI) was established in 2003 to promote positive social change, and has been undertaking this through the establishment of long-term partnerships with international institutions, and the creation of initiatives in the fields of Job Creation, Global Poverty Alleviation, Arts and Culture, Education & Training, Health and Social. More information on ALJCI’s considerable set of initiatives can be found online at

"ALJCI has partnered with Edge of Arabia since its inception and is committed to contributing to a platform that supports and enhances the work of both Saudi men and women into the international arena," says Fady Jameel.

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