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Creating lasting friendships and making People of Determination part of the community.

Who We Are

Rab3i(ربعي) is a social enterprise founded by citizens and residents of Abu Dhabi with the aim of promoting social inclusion for People of Determination in the city. The platform is a not for profit initiative that was established with the support of the Authority of Social Contribution – Ma’an, an Abu Dhabi government entity. Rab3i was incubated with Ma’an as an idea, and developed into the platform that it is today.

Rab3i is the Emirati word for “My Friends”. It is an inclusive buddying platform that pairs People of Determination and volunteers based on their shared interests. We seek to increase inclusion of People of Determination in the community and decrease the stigma towards them by enabling them to enjoy all the opportunities available in their community through the lifestyle of their choosing. The platform also provides opportunity to the wider community to share their passions with others and incorporate volunteering into their regular lifestyle.

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An inclusive community where People of Determination (POD) are fully socially integrated in our community and can enjoy a life of their choosing.

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While Abu Dhabi is host to several initiatives that target People of Determination, they focus on building relationships and attending activities within the social-circle of People of Determination, and lack the integration of People of Determination with the extended community. Rab3i strives to become the primary platform through which POD develop meaningful relationships with the wider community

Meet the Team

The team is a true representation of the Abu Dhabi community with a cultural mix of Emiratis and residents.

Kamilah Khatib

Co-Founder


By day, Kamilah is a civil servant working for the Abu Dhabi Government specialising on public policy. When off duty Kamilah enjoys

everything outdoor including mountaineering, climbing, caving, running, diving and biking. She is active in the Abu Dhabi social community and volunteers with SEDRA, Ramdan Aman, #theADmovement, The Special Olympics and ocean’s clean up campaigns.

Abeer Amiri

Co-Founder


Abeer is an athlete, a crossfit coach, a runner and outdoor enthusiast. A co-founder of a community platform (#theADmovement). She passionate

about supporting Abu Dhabi’s social sector."

Omar Aldhiyebi

Co-Founder


Omar is the man behind regional sports the leading football academy in the UAE. Omar is already experiencing the Rab3i initiative through his friendship with Hamad,

an enthusiastic young man with Down syndrome who found in Omar his best friend.

Abdallah Seiari

Co-Founder


Abdallah has a background in law. Outside his work, he enjoys the outdoors off-roading or on his motorbike. He represented the UAE in several

Expos around the world and accumulated hundred of volunteering hours in Abu Dhabi.

Alizeh Fatima

Community Engagement Manager


Alizeh is a full-time third-year student at New York University Abu Dhabi majoring in Social Research and Public Policy with a minor

in Public Health. She was born and brought up in Pakistan and has been living in Abu Dhabi for the past three years during which she also travelled to ten countries for study abroad programs as well as personal exploration. Alizeh is passionate about social impact and women's health and in her free time likes to play table tennis, go on walks, read, dance and catch up on movies.

Clari Lehmkuhl

Inclusion Officer


Clari Lehmkuhl is a 29 year old South African who has been living in Abu Dhabi with her family for 14 years. She is a qualified Zumba instructor. She is the only Down Syndrome Zumba instructor

in the UAE and is licensed to teach Zumba, Zumba kids and Jr, Aqua zumba and Zumba Gold. Clari has been involved in many events here in Abu Dhabi and Dubai. Clari was also the only female tennis player representing the UAE at the recently held Special Olympics. She loves staying fit and enjoys meeting new people and her motto is with hard work, anything is possible."

Shaikha Al Yammahi

Sponsorships Manager


Shaikha is person of determination passionate about supporting the community. She has accumulated more than a hundred of volunteering hours in Abu Dhabi. She currently work as an Information and Communication Technology (ICT) SME in ENEC.

She was also part of the Special Olympics Games local organizing committee where she lead high level meetings and presentations for in-kind fundraising purposes which resulted in increasing the donations assigned to the technology division."

Haythem Hosny

Volunteers Coordinator


Haythem is an active sports lover who enjoys music, opera, and dancing. By day he is an IT engineer who transforms into an OCR warrior in weekends. He has been living in the UAE since 2014

collecting many volunteering hours in different community activities including the UAE Red crescent, Expo 2020, Dubai Care’s, Emirati Marshals, Takatof, FIFA World Club cup, Asia Cup and World Special Olympics."

Khouloud Awad

Social Media Manager


Khouloud hails from Lebanon and she likes going on micro adventures and exploring new areas in the UAE and the region.

She has worked around the world including the Union of Comoros, Lebanon and the UAE in the fields of translation, event management, marketing and volunteered with several social and environmental initiatives. Khouloud was part of Special Olympics World Games local organizing committee where she worked in Technology planning & venue technology management."

Maitha Al Suwaidi

Story Teller


Maitha is a fourth-year student at NYU Abu Dhabi majoring in Political Science and Minoring in Social Research & Public Policy and Creative Writing. When she is not studying politics, she is a writer, contributing regularly to Sail E-Magazine

and writing her own poetry and prose. She is also a performance artist, acting in the Cultural Foundation-commissioned play, Al Raheel – Departure. She is also a professional archer and coach, having represented the UAE regionally and internationally. Through all her interests, Maitha explores the topics of culture and representation, childhood, and diplomacy. Most importantly, Maitha is passionate about mental health advocacy and disability studies, and aspires to explore this topic through her graduate studies and creative expression. "

Salama Al Kaabi

Translator


Salama Alkaabi Hails from Al Ain city. She is educated and trained in Horticulture and enjoys growing her own plants and vegetables at home. Salama has a keen interest in Korean language

and culture, travelling, portrait photography and embroidery. She has volunteered with different entities and organisations such as theRed Crescent, Ramadan Aman and SEHA."

Frequently Asked Questions

1What is Rab3i? (ربعي)
Rab3i, the Emirati word for “My Friends”, is an inclusive buddying program that pairs People of Determination and volunteers, based on their shared interests. Rab3i facilitates and encourages the buddies to enjoy social activities and experiences in the Abu Dhabi community to build long lasting friendships. 
2Who supports us?
Rab3i was initiated as part of the Maan Social Incubator Program (MSI). It was selected as 1 of the 10 incubated social enterprises under the Authority of Social Contribution – Ma’an, an Abu Dhabi government entity.
3Who can participate with Rab3i?
Rab3i is open to the entire UAE community, both citizens and residents. All participants (people of determination and volunteers) will ideally be over the age of 18.
4Do volunteers receive training?
Yes. All volunteers receive expert training and will be equipped with the right tools to support and enable them to safely enjoy the Rab3i experience
5What is the pairing process?
Once registrations are submitted, the Rab3i team analyzes them to identify potential matches. Next, the team meets with the Person of Determination and the volunteer individually to get to know them better and to understand if any support is required. Just before their first outing, the pair receive an expert-designed training to ensure that the buddies are ready for their journey together.
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