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The Best Investments We Can Make

To have the biggest impact, philanthropists should focus on education and social entrepreneurship. Together, these sectors create opportunities at every level of society, from refugees who are unable to complete their studies, to professionals looking to pursue an entrepreneurial vision.

DUBAI – The desire to make a difference is born of a fundamental belief in something greater than ourselves, and by the concern that we all have for the wellbeing of our fellow humans.

As an Arab woman, I find it impossible to sit back and watch – or worse, turn away – as parts of the Middle East suffer through such a difficult time in the region’s already troubled history. Millions of innocent people have been displaced from their homes, and millions more are being driven across national borders into an uncertain and unstable future. Their need for help is clear.

To be sure, we can only do so much as individuals. But by uniting around common goals, we have the power to create effective initiatives, and improve lives. And I have always believed that education and social entrepreneurship are two areas where we can have the greatest sustainable, long-term impact. Together, these sectors create opportunities at every level of society, from refugees who are unable to complete their studies, to professionals seeking to further their career prospects or pursue an innovative vision.

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