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About Al Noor

Al Noor Training Centre for Children with Special Needs is a non-profit organization which falls under the Ministry of Social Affairs. Established in 1981, Al Noor has been providing high quality of professional training to the special needs community in Dubai for over 30 years. Starting with only 8 children the Centre has since expanded to facilitate and enrich the lives of up to 300 children and young people from different nationalities who have various physical and cognitive challenges such as Down syndrome, Cerebral Palsy and Autism.

The new all-purpose facility from which Al Noor now operates opened its doors in April 2007 and was generously donated by His Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the U.A.E. and Ruler of Dubai and was made possible through the benefaction of HRH Princess Haya Bint Al Hussein. Al Noor follows a holistic programme addressing all domains of development through a trans disciplinary assessment and intervention approach, all delivered at an ISO certified standard.

In addition to teaching, the level of development is enhanced with Physiotherapy, Occupational Therapy, Speech and Language Therapy, Psychological services, Sports and Music.

Al Noor also prides itself on an exceptionally effective work placement unit that trains its students with a capability for open employment, integrating them into mainstream society post education.

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About Smiles n Stuff

Smiles n Stuff is Al Noor’s very own retail and coffee shop which helps to raise awareness and funds for the training Centre. It is the only one of it’s kind in the GCC where all the products are handcrafted by children and young people with special needs enrolled at Al Noor. The goal of Al Noor’s vocational training unit is to make children skilled and productive members of the community and training is offered in woodwork and design technology, screen printing technology, fashion design technology and bakery units.

  • Smiles n Stuff Inauguration Ceremony

    • Smiles n' Stuff officially opened its doors for the public on May 26, 2010. The launch event saw over 300 supporters and attendees with a special appearance from HH Sheikha Sheikha Bint Saeed Bin Thani Bin Juma Al Maktoum who officially opened the store in a ribbon-cutting ceremony. Greenline Interiors pioneers in offering high quality interior design, conceptualized and outfitted this unique store at the Centre.