SOS Children's Villages International opened an office in the Gulf Area in 2014. Based in Dubai, it services the Gulf Cooperation Countries (GCC), namely Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Qatar, Oman and the United Arab Emirates. SOS Children’s Villages does not directly run any child or youth programmes in these countries.
Some facts about the Gulf Area
The Gulf Area, made up of the Arabian Peninsula, is located in the South-Western part of the Asian continent. Covering about 3 million square kilometres, it consists of Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Qatar,Yemen, Oman and the United Arab Emirates.
These countries (excluding Yemen) constitute the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) with a combined population of approx. 50 million. The GCC was established in 1981 in Abu Dhabi with the signature of a unified economic agreement. The member countries aim at strengthening cooperation of the private sector, strengthening ties between their peoples, fostering research and technical progress and ultimately establishing a common currency.
The oil and construction sector, together with high birth rates and a young population have led to a steady growth in population and an increased demand for expatriate workers in the past years. With the increasing number of expats, the region consequently also benefits from an increasing cultural diversity. In 2020, the World Expo will be hosted in Dubai.
SOS Children's Villages in the Gulf Area
The Gulf Area office located in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, was established in 2014 in order to support vulnerable children and orphans in SOS Children's Villages worldwide and in particular in the Middle East and North African (MENA) region and to support local initiatives. The Gulf Area office aims at promoting the goals and activities of SOS Children’s Villages by raising awareness, working in partnerships with public and private entities, raising funds and providing training and capacity building.
The GAO also supports local public and private partners who work towards improving the situation of orphans, children without parental care and vulnerable children.
SOS Children's Villages International, Gulf Area Office
International Humanitarian City
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Tel: +971 4 2765994
Fax: +971 4 2765993