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Al Maskari Holding and EF Education First partner to promote world-class education and training in the United Arab Emirates

We are proud to partner with EF Education First to bring world-class education and training to our Government institutions and leading corporations

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates, April 23, 2017/APO/ --

World-class education is fundamental for the development of a nation and the best investment in its future. The UAE Vision 2021 National Agenda therefore emphasizes the development of a first-rate education system, which among other things will require modern and efficient teaching methods. A prerequisite for this is continuous professional development of teachers, equipping them with up-to-date knowledge and improved teaching skills. With more qualified and better trained teachers, school graduates will be equipped with the necessary skills for the 21st century globalized economy.

Al Maskari Holding ( is therefore partnering with EF Education First (EF) (, one of the world’s premier provider of teacher training programs. EF is working with Ministries of Education on all continents to ensure professional development of teachers with state-of-the-art programs – primarily for English teachers but also teachers focused on Content and Language Integrated Learning (CLIL).

EF is also the world’s largest provider of language training services – both to staff of large corporations and government institutions. According to research, improved English proficiency has a strong correlation with, e.g., more innovation, job creation and overall economic growth. Given the UAE’s focus on these areas to ensure a prosperous future after the Golden Jubilee, improved English proficiency is a priority. 

“We are proud to partner with EF Education First to bring world-class education and training to our Government institutions and leading corporations. We are confident that our collaboration will create many ground-breaking Public Private Partnerships, which will benefit the UAE as a whole”, says Mohamed Ali Al Maskari, Director of Government Affairs of Al Maskari Holding.

“Al Maskari Holding is one of the UAE’s most reputable groups and we are equally honored and excited to work closely together in order to improve skills of teachers, government officials and corporate staff. We look forward to bringing over 50 years of experience from around the world to the UAE in close collaboration with Al Maskari Holding”, says Claes Ceder, President of EF Government Solutions. 

Distributed by APO Group on behalf of Al Maskari Holding.

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About Al Maskari Holding:

Her Highness Sheikha Azza Bint Saif Al Maskari, the matriarch of the Al Maskari tribe of Abu Dhabi founded Al Maskaria Establishment ( in 1968. Initially engaged in general trading and services associated with oil and gas fields in the United Arab Emirates, the enterprise has evolved sectorally and expanded geographically through commercial agencies, joint ventures, and strategic partnerships. Its growth trajectory aligns with the development curve of the country by first delivering community needs and then developing crossborder opportunities. In 2008, the group of companies were reorganized into Al Maskari Holding (AMH) as the umbrella parent organization for the family's commercial interests and private equity.

As Chairperson, Her Excellency Dr. Shaikha Al Maskari is globally recognized for her governance and was recently conferred the Order of the Polar Star, Member 1st Class by His Majesty King Carl XVI Gustaf for her service to Sweden.

About EF Education First:

Established in 1965 in Sweden with the mission to “open the world through education”, EF ( is the world’s leading international education company. With a network of more than 46,500 teachers, researchers and staff in over 500 offices and schools in more than 50 countries, EF can deploy dedicated project management resources all over the world. Two thirds of the Fortune 500 and thousands of other companies as well as multiple governments worldwide have put their trust in EF for a reason – EF’s training solutions generate real results with a guaranteed return on investment.

EF is a proud supporter of the Olympic Games and has successfully delivered services to Seoul 1988, Beijing 2008, Sochi 2014 and Rio 2016. For Rio 2016, EF trained almost one million people in the world’s largest language and hospitality training program to date. For PyeongChang 2018 and Tokyo 2020, EF will train millions of staff, athletes, volunteers, teachers and students.

EF has a research unit at the University of Cambridge and a research network which includes, e.g., Harvard Graduate School of Education. EF publishes annually the EF English Proficiency Index ( – the world’s largest ranking of adult English proficiency in more than 70 countries. EF has also developed the world’s first free standardized English proficiency test – the EF English Standard English Test (