• Overview
  • Mission and Vision
  • Our Pillars
  • Board of Directors
  • Our Partners
  • Headquaters
  • Achievements

Believing in the importance of building a cultural and scientific ground, taking serious care of scientific research, human studies, cultural enlightenment, innovation and encouraging reading, the Abdul Hameed Shoman Foundation was established in 1978 (a cultural institution), as a non-profit initiative by the Arab Bank by allocating a portion of its annual profits to its establishment, to be its cultural and social responsibility arm, with its focus on three pillars: "Thought leadership, Arts and Literature, and Cultural Grants and Innovation."
The Abdul Hameed Shoman Foundation was named after the late Abdul Hameed Shoman (1888-1974), Founder of the Arab Bank. The late Shoman strongly believed in the importance of supporting and funding science and scientists and sponsoring creativity and innovation in the Arab world.

The Abdul Hameed Shoman Foundation's goal is to promote pioneering ideas by funding various fields of scientific research. In 1982 it launched the Abdul Hameed Shoman Award for Arab Researchers and the Abdul Hameed Shoman Fund for Scientific Research in 1999. The Foundation also established a Cultural Forum in 1986 under which it organized events and activities that connected the public with thinkers, researchers, and scientists.   

The Abdul Hameed Shoman Foundation continued to reinforce the culture of scientific research and innovation among children and youth and enrich education in Jordan through its Education and Science Program, launched in 2014 and included the Abdul Hameed Shoman Exhibition for Young Scientists, the Young Innovators Lab, in addition to providing support to Jordanian students participating in the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair. 
"Abdeh" award was launched in 1988 and lasted until 2003, and it is concerned with many literary fields, including "performance; artistic, scientific innovation", while the award covers the fields of "literary creativity (article and poetry)", "performative creativity (music and dance)". "Artistic Creativity (Arabic Calligraphy and Painting)", "Scientific Innovations"

The Abdul Hameed Shoman Award for Children and Youth "Abdeh" was relaunched in 2018 with the goal of encouraging children's creative energies and forming a serious shift towards knowledge culture and authentic creativity biased towards life, man, and the future, and in line with the institution's knowledge and enlightenment role in serving future generations.
"Abdeh" award was launched in 1988 and lasted until 2003, and it is concerned with many literary fields, including "performance; artistic, scientific innovation", while the award covers the fields of "literary creativity (article and poetry)", "performative creativity (music and dance)". "Artistic Creativity (Arabic Calligraphy and Painting)", "Scientific Innovations"

In late 2017, the Foundation launched the Abdul Hameed Shoman Innovation Award, which continues the Foundation's approach of supporting creators and innovators and putting their hands to work serving their communities, enhancing the knowledge society, advancing the economy by addressing global challenges, and creating job opportunities and employment patterns. New ones that increase people's quality of life, resulting in society's progress and renaissance.

The award covers five fields: “Green Technology and Environmental Sustainability, Food Security and Agricultural Technology, Health Care and Medical Technology, Labor Market and Economic Productivity Solutions, and Education Solutions.”

In 2006, the Foundation decided to launch an award dedicated to children's literature, to contribute to the advancement of Arab children's literature. The award is given once a year in one of the following literary arts: "story, poetry, novel, and theatrical text for children."

As for the Abdul Hameed Shoman Public Library, it was established in 1986, as the first computerized and fully equipped public library in Jordan. Today, it is considered a mecca for students and researchers, with traditional and advanced knowledge sources, a space for the general public to develop skills and continuous learning, and a forum for communication and knowledge exchange.

While the Knowledge Path Library for Children was established in 2013; To provide an accessible environment for children and youth between ages (3-16 years), from different backgrounds, to read, interact and participate in creative activities as part of an intellectual and creative journey of self-discovery.

The Abdul Hameed Shoman Foundation also worked on strengthening the culture of cinema and music, through the Cinema Program, which was established in 1989 to promote the art of cinema and the filmmaking industry in multiple social and creative circles. The Cinema Program offered carefully selected, weekly viewings of classic, modern, and experimental movies.

The Shoman Foundation launched the Musical Evenings Program in 2014, as a platform for promising Jordanian and international experiences in the music field.

The Foundation also launched the Grants and Support Program in 2014, which includes two programs: the Arts and Literature Grants Program, and the Thought Leadership Grants Program.


The Shoman Foundation was not satisfied with establishing cultural and societal activities and events within the foundation, but also sought to expand its activities through the establishment of the Abdul Hameed Shoman Foundation Cultural days, which was launched by the Foundation in 2015. Through its cultural days, the Foundation seeks to enhance its continuous efforts to communicate with communities outside the Jordanian capital. And to provide an integrated cultural and artistic program targeting all groups.

In an effort by the Foundation to provide its services to all individuals in all places and to ensure that the beneficiaries in several areas outside the main building of the library in Jabal Amman obtain their right to know and enjoy the library’s programs and services, new branches have been established for the library, the first of which is the Ashrafieh branch inside the campus of Al-Bashir Hospital 2018, then the Zarqa branch, in partnership with Greater Zarqa Municipality in Zarqa Governorate, located in Al-Jaish Street / Hashemite Hall. Then the Muqablain branch, in partnership with the Greater Amman Municipality, in the Muqablain area within King Abdullah Gardens.

The Shoman Foundation occupies a well-known position on the Arab scientific and cultural map, and has close partnerships and cooperation relations with intellectual, scientific and literary institutions and centers in the Arab world. It was also awarded the King Abdullah II Bin Al Hussein Medal for Excellence, first class, in recognition of its role in supporting culture, science and the arts, during the national celebration of the seventy-second independence of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan. The Foundation is continuously working to enhance its goals and mission in achieving a community of culture and creativity.

Former Abdul Hameed Shoman Foundation General Managers:

  • The late Abdul Rahman Bushnaq: (1980 - 1981)
  • Dr. Asaad Abdul Rahman: (1981 - 1996)
  • Ibrahim Ezzedine: (1997 - 2002)
  • Dr. Mohamed Ahmed Hamdan: (2002) 
  • Thabet Al-Taher: (2003 - 2012)

Vision

Towards a society of culture and innovation

Mission

Investing in cultural and social innovation to positively impact the communities we serve through Thought Leadership, Arts and Literature and Social Innovation.

Brand manifesto
To the inquisitive seekers of knowledge 
Those who want to ask big questions, the questions that matter 
To the artists, intellectuals and innovators 
The young and the old 
To those that want to be the change they want to see in this world: 
  
We believe in science for advancement, critical thinking as the key to progressive culture, and challenging your mind to think further,
We create the space and offer resources, 
to celebrate talent, knowledge and effect change

 

The Abdul Hameed Shoman Foundation invests in cognitive, cultural and social creativity under three pillars:

The First Pillar: Thought Leadership

The Abdul Hameed Shoman Foundation promotes thought leadership through capacity building and providing learning resources for all in a way that supports the overall educational journey. The Foundation also supports scientific research and works to prepare a generation of Arab scientists, experts and specialists, in an effort to increase knowledge and achieve practical benefits for the Arab world according to its most pressing priorities and needs.
As part of the Abdul Hameed Shoman Foundation’s vision to enhance thought leadership within society, it seeks to create a conducive environment bringing together Arab intellectuals, scientists, scholars and artists. It also promotes dialogue through support for conferences, seminars and debates aimed at sparking thought leadership and free thought.

The Abdul Hameed Shoman Foundation strives to achieve its thought leadership objectives through:

The Abdul Hameed Shoman Arab Researchers Award
Launched in 1982, this is the first Arab award to focus on scientific research and celebrate the achievements of Arab researchers. The Award supports and highlights scientific research throughout the Arab world, and serves to prepare and inspire a generation of Arab researchers, experts and specialists in various scientific fields.  The Award is especially relevant in light of the current limited capacities and resources available to institutions, universities and individuals.

The Abdul Hameed Shoman Fund for Supporting Scientific Research 
Established in 1999, the Abdul Hameed Shoman Fund for Supporting Scientific Research provides valuable support for scientific research projects carried out in Jordanian universities, institutions and scientific centers.

The Abdul Hameed Shoman Cultural Forum
The Abdul Hameed Shoman Cultural Forum was created in 1986 to serve as an independent platform hosting aficionados of thought leadership, politics, philosophy, arts and culture. In doing so, the Foundation seeks to create a deeper interaction between such thinkers and a broad audience from a variety of social backgrounds.

• The Education and Science Program
The Foundation launched the Education and Science Program in 2014, in order to promote a culture of scientific research, entrepreneurship and innovation among children and adolescents, as well as enrich education in Jordan by building the capacities of science teachers and students.

The Second Pillar: Arts and Literature
Given the great importance of investing in culture, the Abdul Hameed Shoman Foundation aims, through the Literature and Arts Program, at developing literary and artistic talents and skills, preserving national heritage, and promoting cultural diversity by providing artistic and literary activities of all kinds, including: Literature and performing arts, music, creative products, and various media, in addition to supporting libraries in Jordan and Palestine in order to spread the culture of reading and research.
In this respect, the Abdul Hameed Shoman Foundation seeks to enhance the role of intellectuals, writers and musicians, as well as to support their chef-d’oeuvre and ensure their connection with a wider audience. It also aims at enhancing creative and innovative thinking among children, and providing them with an environment to promote and motivate them creatively.
Furthermore, the Abdul Hameed Shoman Foundation has worked to achieve its Literature and Arts objectives, through: 

• The Abdul Hameed Shoman Award for Children's Literature
The Abdul Hameed Shoman Foundation launched the Abdul Hameed Shoman Award for Children's Literature in 2006, which was inspired by the Foundation's belief in the great importance of enriching the Arab creative content of children, and its keenness to create a pure and authentic environment that would help and motivate children to read and think creatively.
• The Abdul Hameed Shoman Public Library
In order to provide a knowledge and education space for all segments of society, the Abdul Hameed Shoman Foundation established the Abdul Hameed Shoman Public Library in 1986, to serve as the first computerized and fully-equipped public library in Jordan.
• Knowledge Path Library
In an effort to provide an open environment and space for children and youth, aged between 3 and 16 years, the Abdul Hameed Shoman Foundation established the Knowledge Path library in 2013, to serve as a free and vital space for reading, interacting and participating in creative activities, as part of an intellectual and creative journey to achieve self-discovery.
• The Cinema Program
In 1989, the Abdul Hameed Shoman Foundation launched the Cinema Program to promote the dissemination of the cinematic culture, as a form of cultural expression and exchange, and a contribution to the growth of the film industry in Jordan. In order to stimulate critical thinking among children and youth, the Abdul Hameed Shoman Foundation launched the Children’s Cinema Program in 2014, which includes filmmaking workshops, as well as monthly movie shows, followed by discussion panels.
• The Musical Evenings
In support of emerging musical talents in Jordan and the region, 2014 witnessed the launch of the Abdul Hameed Shoman Foundation’s Musical Evenings.

The Third Pillar: Cultural Grants and Social Innovation
The Abdul Hameed Shoman Foundation has adopted innovation as one of its three pillars, which aims to participate in directing the driving forces of innovation, which in turn is driven by growth by spreading a culture of innovation within sectors of dire need and creating an environment in which innovators and entrepreneurs find themselves receiving the opportunities and support necessary to implement viable innovations motivated the influence.

Furthermore, the Abdul Hameed Shoman Foundation has worked to achieve its Cultural Grants and Social Innovation objectives, through: 

  • The Abdul Hameed Shoman Award for Innovation

The Abdul Hameed Shoman Foundation launched this program to promotes an environment that supports creativity, innovation, and productivity in Jordan. Including the scientific and social aspects to enable the knowledge of the society and accelerate the economic growth.

  • Arts and Literature Grants

The Abdul Hameed Shoman Foundation aims, through its Literature and Arts Grants, at promoting cultural diversity, making arts available for all, as well as enabling the preservation of cultural heritage.

  • Thought Leadership Grants

Thought Leadership Grants are a way for the Foundation to promote and spread scientific explorations that address pressing social issues, as well as to provide science and learning resources and educational spaces for all.

Board Of Directors


Sabih Al-Masri
Sabih Taher Al-Masri has been working in the business administration, finance, investment, industry and trade fields for more than 55 years. He is the founder, chairman and member of several, well-known authorities and institutions.
Al-Masri is the Founder and Chairman of ASTRA and Astra Industries, Saudi Arabia, as well as the Chairman of each of the Abdul Hameed Shoman Foundation, Zara Investment Holding Co., Jordan, Palestine Telecommunications Company, Palestine, Arab Supply and Trading Corporation (ASTRA), Saudi Arabia, and Sikon for Building Materials Co., United Arab Emirates.
Al-Masri is also a member of the Board of Directors of each of Palestine Development and Investment Company (PADICO), Palestine, and Arab Bank (Switzerland) Ltd, as well as occupies the position of Chairman of the Board of Trustees of An-Najah National University.
Al-Masri holds a BSc in Chemical Engineering from the University of Texas in Austin, USA, 1963.


Mamdouh Al-Abbadi
Dr. Mamdouh Al-Abbadi is a Jordanian politician and doctor, who currently serves as the Chairman of the Arab Region Parliamentarians against Corruption (ARPAC) - Jordan. He is the Vice Chairman of the Arab Region Parliamentarians against Corruption and Head of the Jordanian Transparency Society.
Al-Abbadi also held several, important administrative and political positions. He was the Secretary of the Greater Amman Municipality, the Minister of Health, the President of the Jordan Medical Association, and a Member of the National Consultative Council (NCC).
Al-Abbadi holds a Bachelor of Medicine from Turkey, with a specialization in Ophthalmology from London
Khaled Al-Irani
His Excellency Mr. Khaled Al-Irani is a Member of the Senate of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, and served as the Director-General of the Royal Society for the Conservation of Nature (RSCN) in 1996 and 2005. He has held ministerial positions in former Jordanian governments, as a Minister of Environment and Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources. He also serves as a Member of the Board of Directors of the Abdul Hameed Shoman Foundation.
During his tenure as Director-General of the Royal Society for the Conservation of Nature (RSCN), Al-Irani has taken upon himself the responsibility of establishing four nature reserves, covering more than 1.5% of the total area of Jordan, and has also played a key role in preparing Jordan’s National Biodiversity Strategy and developing its relevant Action Plan.
Al-Irani holds a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture - Soil Science, and a Master of Science in Drylands Management from the University of Jordan, as well as a Master of Tourism and Natural Reserves Management from the University of New Mexico, USA.



Muna Sukhtian
Muna Sukhtian is the Managing Director of the Microfund for Women (MFW), targeting low-income women entrepreneurs who are unable to access credit from conventional financial institutions in Jordan.
MFW has received numerous local and international awards, in recognition of its outstanding efforts exerted to serve and employ Jordanian women, through its 50 branches located in different regions in Jordan.
Sukhtian started her career as a Management Consultant in the US, then returned home to work in her family’s international pharmaceutical business. She, then, served as Chief of Staff to Her Majesty Queen Rania Al Abdullah.
She is also the Director of the Munir Sukhtian Group, and a Member of the Board of Directors of each of the Consultative Group to Assist the Poor (CGAP), the Queen Rania Award for Excellence in Education, the Queen Rania Teacher Academy, the Royal Film Commission, and the Abdul Hameed Shoman Foundation.
Sukhtian holds a BA from Harvard University, and an MBA from INSEAD.



Nedjma Saifi
Nedjma Koval-Saifi is a Development Consultant, and Founder and CEO of INTEGRATED, a leading socio-economic and technical consultancy firm, specializing in Monitoring and Evaluation, Social Inclusion & Gender, Program Design and Innovation, and serving the development sector in the MENA region.
Saifi started her career as a Development Consultant with the World Bank in Washington, DC, prior to working with the United Nations and other international organizations as well, such as ESCWA, UNRWA, CARE and the International Relief and Development, Inc. (IRD) in conflict areas, such as the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia and the Gaza Strip, prior to moving to Jordan.
She has more than 20 years of experience in the development field, enabling her to lead the design, development and implementation of multiple projects in various development and relief sectors in Jordan and Lebanon, valued at over $90 million.
Saifi published a number of studies on education, conflicts, sustainable development and water dynamics, addressing decision makers and donors. She has served as a Member of various authorities and organizations’ Boards of Directors, such as the MicroFund for Women (MFW), ABS Endowment Fund, Amman Baccalaureate School, and Royal Society for the Protection of the Marine Environment in Jordan. She also serves as a Member of the Board of Directors of the Abdul Hameed Shoman Foundation.
Saifi holds a BA in Economics from the George Washington University and an MA in Development Economics, and has completed her Ph.D. in Development Economics. with a specialization in Conflict Resolution from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, USA.



Omar Aljazy
Dr. Omar M.H. Aljazy is a Managing Partner of Aljazy & Co., a leading Jordanian law firm, specialized in providing legal services. He is an International Business Lawyer, and has extensive experience in international transactions, legal mediation, international commercial arbitration, intellectual property, construction disputes, transportation and maritime navigation matters, as well as competition and antitrust affairs .
Aljazy participated in the drafting of various Jordanian laws and regulations, in conformity with many international conventions ratified by Jordan. He also serves as an Arbitrator within several prominent arbitration authorities, and is a Member of the International Chamber of Commerce’s Commission on Arbitration in Paris.
Aljazy issued several articles published in a number of prestigious magazines and periodicals, which tackle various arbitration-related topics, such as arbitration in Jordan, enforcement of arbitral decisions, investment arbitration, arbitration in Islam and harmonization of Arab arbitration laws.
He is also a Member of the Permanent Court of Arbitration of the International Court of Justice in The Hague, and was elected President of the Jordanian Arbitrators Association in 2014.
Aljazy received the Eisenhower Fellowship in 2005 as part of its Single-Nation Program, and currently serves as the President of the Eisenhower Fellowship Association in Jordan, as well as occupies the position of the Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Amman Arab University, and is also a Member of the Board of Directors of the Abdul Hameed Shoman Foundation and the Jordan Bar Association.
He holds a Ph.D. in International Commercial Arbitration Law from the University of Kent, United Kingdom, an MA in International and Comparative Business Law from London Guildhall University, United Kingdom, and a BA in Law from the University of Jordan.


Dr. Alia Bouran

is an academic, politician, diplomat, and former minister. Currently, she is a member of the Jordanian Senate/Foreign Affairs Committee and a member of the Advisory Council, IISS. Recently, she was elected president of the First Standing Committee for Political and Security-related Cooperation in the Parliamentary Assembly of the Mediterranean (PAM). She also serves as a Member of the Board of Directors of the Abdul Hameed Shoman Foundation since July 2022.

Dr Bouran’s career began in academia, serving as an associate professor of environmental science at the University of Jordan. During this time, she also advised the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on environmental matters, led the environment team on free trade negotiations between Jordan and the United States and headed the Jordanian team on environmental multilateral peace talks. 

She became Jordan’s first female ambassador and served as an extraordinary and plenipotentiary ambassador of Jordan to the US, the European Commission, Belgium, Luxembourg, Norway, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Iceland and Mexico. 
She also became Jordan’s first Minister of Environment as well as a Minister of Tourism and Antiquities. 

Dr Bouran holds a Ph.D in environmental science and strategic planning from the Russian Academy of Science Novosibirsk Branch, an MA and BSc in applied environment studies from Moscow University.

In an effort to reach all segments of the Jordanian and Arab society, the Abdul Hameed Shoman Foundation has established partnerships with the most important cultural, scientific, and educational institutions in Jordan and the Arab world, including:


The Ministry of Culture
The Jordanian Ministry of Culture handles all cultural and artistic affairs-related matters in Jordan, as well as ensures cooperation with writers, intellectuals and artists, and supports their activities.


The Arab Science and Technology Foundation
The Arab Science and Technology Foundation is an independent, non-profit, non-governmental organization, working regionally and internationally. Scientists and researchers from inside and outside the Arab world contributed to its establishment, along with a number of representatives of Arab and international scientific centers.


The Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Foundation
The Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Foundation was launched by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, in order to strengthen and enable future generations to create sustainable solutions to facilitate knowledge sharing and research in the Arab world.


The Sultan Bin Ali Al Owais Cultural Foundation
Founded by Emirati poet Sultan Bin Ali Al Owais as a permanent award on December 17, 1987, the Foundation bears his name and enjoys an independent status, enabling it to honor Arab writers and intellectuals.


The Ministry of Education
The Ministry of Education is a Jordanian government authority, responsible for the regulation of the elementary, primary and secondary education system in Jordan. It was first established under the name of “Ma’aref” in 1921, prior to becoming the Ministry of Education in 1956.


The University of Jordan
The University of Jordan was the first university to be established in Jordan.  It is an academic and research center that aims at providing students with elite education and knowledge, while offering 3,500 research subjects, taught in 18 different colleges.   


The Juma Al Majid Center for Culture and Heritage
The Juma Al Majid Center for Culture and Heritage was established in the UAE, in 1991, to serve as a scientific charitable organization of public interest, in charge of culture and heritage affairs.


The Arab Thought Forum
The Arab Thought Forum is an independent, intellectual pan-Arab non-governmental organization, established in 1981 in the wake of the launch of the Arab Summit XI. An initiative launched by Arab intellectuals and decision makers, led by His Royal Highness Prince El Hassan bin Talal, President and Patron of the Forum.


The “Watar” Association for Culture and Information
The “Watar” Association for Culture and Information is a non-profit, non-governmental youth organization, founded in 2013 by a young Palestinian group aspiring to pioneer community development to ensure the advancement of the nation and its citizen, culturally and socially.


Haya Cultural Center
The Haya Cultural Center is a charitable organization, aimed at developing the children’s artistic and cultural abilities and skills in Jordan, as well as promoting and investing their talents in the best possible way.


The Royal Film Commission
The Royal Film Commission is a leading Jordanian institution, aimed at developing an internationally-competitive Jordanian film industry.


The Federation of Arab Scientific Research Councils
The Federation of Arab Scientific Research Councils is a Khartoum-based, Arab diplomatic organization, in charge of coordinating efforts and exchanging experiences among various Arab scientific research authorities and centers.


Noor Al-Hussein Foundation
The Noor Al-Hussein Foundation is a non-profit, non-governmental organization, aimed at developing poor and disadvantaged communities, by creating economic opportunities, developing skills and self-reliance capacities, as well as improving livelihoods through the projects it carries out in this respect.


The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF)
The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) was established in 1946, as a result of an unanimous vote at the very first session of the United Nations General Assembly. It is the driving force that helps build a world in which the rights of every child are fulfilled and realized.


Centre for Arab Unity Studies
The Centre for Arab Unity Studies is a non-governmental, notarial institution, which tackles Arab issues, and presents solutions thereto, through holding seminars, conferences and special studies on Arabs and the challenges facing them. It focuses on the development of political, economic, developmental, educational, intellectual and philosophical studies.


The Dubai Municipality
The Dubai Municipality is one of the largest governmental institutions in the UAE, in terms of the services it provides and the projects and works it undertakes. It is, therefore, deemed as the leading and driving institution ensuring the growth and development of the Emirate of Dubai.


The Royal Library of Alexandria
The Royal Library of Alexandria reestablish in 2002 to regain its old place in history. It constitutes a huge cultural complex, where art meets history, philosophy and sciences. Hence, various activities offered to the public have also made it a place for open discussion, dialogue and understanding.


Al-Saeed Foundation for Science and Culture
Al-Saeed Foundation for Science and Culture is a Yemeni scientific and cultural foundation, established in 1996 in Taiz. It is in charge of encouraging and promoting serious scientific research, provided that it leads to increased knowledge and yields practical benefits. It also contributes to the graduation and development of a generation of scientists, experts and specialists in the fields of basic, applied, technological and developmental natural sciences.


The International Studies Association
The International Studies Association, headed by Professor Rashid Idris, aims at clarifying visions, and monitoring proposals and ideas that would promote the concept of integration among countries. It publishes the "International Studies" magazine, and occupies a prominent position in the national and international media and cultural landscape.


The Aseelah International Cultural Forum
The Aseelah International Cultural Forum is a cultural forum and platform, where the thought, art, culture and political elite figures meet and discuss outstanding intellectual and cultural issues pacifically.


The National Council for Scientific Research
The National Council for Scientific Research was established in Lebanon, in 1962, with the aim of developing and directing scientific research towards meeting the nation’s various needs and promoting its development, through the formulation and implementation of a national scientific policy.


The Kuwait Foundation for the Advancement of Sciences
 The Kuwait Foundation for the Advancement of Sciences is a non-profit, non-government scientific center in Kuwait, supporting the progress and advancement of science and technology. It was established in 1976 by an Amiri Decree, and is currently chaired by His Highness the Amir of the State of Kuwait. The Kuwait Foundation for the Advancement of Sciences aims at stimulating creative initiatives, and promoting the building of a firm scientific and technological base, while creating a healthy environment that would encourage progress and innovation.  In this respect, current projects aim at enhancing the public awareness of sciences, creating an enabling environment for innovation, and strengthening the public and private sectors’ research capabilities and skills as well.


The Kuwait Institute for Scientific Research
The Kuwait Institute for Scientific Research aims at carrying out scientific research and Kuwaiti industry-related studies, as well as studying existing natural, water and energy resources, and improving agricultural exploitation and water resources development techniques. It encourages the children of Kuwait to conduct scientific research, as well as to develop their research spirit.


The Kuwait Water Association
The Kuwait Water Association is a non-profit association, which was established in 2012 to strengthen awareness and scientific efforts exerted towards rationalizing water consumption and preserving its sources, as well as carrying out development services and projects, and encouraging environmental research that would ultimately strive to preserve water resources.

 

The headquarter of the Abdul Hameed Shoman Foundation is located in the Jabal Amman area of ​​the Scientific College Street between the first and second circles, and in an effort by the Foundation to reach its services to all individuals in all places and to ensure that beneficiaries in several areas outside the main building of the library in Jabal Amman have their right to know and enjoy the library’s programs and services. New branches of the library were established, the first of which is the Ashrafieh branch inside the campus of Al-Bashir Hospital, then the Zarqa branch in partnership with the Greater Zarqa Municipality in the Zarqa Governorate located in the Army Street / Hashemite Hall, and then the Muqablain branch in partnership with the Greater Amman Municipality in the Muqablain area within King Abdullah II Gardens.

In 2021 Abdul Hameed Shoman Foundation achieved a lot through different programs. The foundation reached 500,000 followers, 11,5 million views, and 28 million social media interactions. Nine distinguished projects won Abdul Hameed Shoman Innovation Award, with an exclusive training program for six months. Creativity Award for Children and Youth at its 17th edition rewarded 23 winners after an intensive training workshop. It launched its 18th edition Award this year, and 1930 participants have enrolled from all over the kingdom. Arab Researchers Award at its 39th edition had 230 researchers from all over the Arab world 6 won: Egypt, Jordan, Sudan, and Lebanon. Therefore, they got rewarded in a virtual ceremony for the Award in its 40th edition. Abdul Hameed Shoman Research Support Fund implemented 33 projects during the year. The Research Support Fund arranged a training program in scientific research in human sciences with 15 students enrolled. MIT-Jordan Abdul Hameed Shoman Foundation Seed Fund supported 6 Jordanian researchers value of 100 thousand JD to encourage partnerships and communication between local researchers and MIT researchers. 

Abdul Hameed Shoman Children’s Literature Award launched its 15th edition titled “A Diary of boy and girl”, 435 participants enrolled from 31 countries, and 3 won: Egypt, Jordan, and KSA in a virtual ceremony. Abdul Hameed Shoman Public Library renewed its facilities and services in Jabal Amman and Al-Ashrafyeh. 81772 users during the year, and 1441 people become a member. 14674 people borrowed 35297 books and 1033 digital books, 30367 books were used, and 8149 databases. In the “reading marathon” 25986 pages were read in 7 hours. Abdul Hameed Shoman Foundation signed a contract with the creativity club to proceed with its services in the Al-Karak governate and launched new services and programs such as podcast “x”, read in ten, ask a librarian, Recommending books for the library, open space in the office, a night at the library, Board Games and Chess in the Library, electronic card. Knowledge Path Library for Children and Young People had 24,551 visitors.  30,486 borrowed from it, 1,204 storytelling activities, 126 discussion sessions, 12 summer and winter clubs in Amman and other governates (Al- Zarqa, Al-Karak, Irbid, Madaba, Al-Mafraq), 16 episodes of filmed including book clubs and Science Film Festival. It launched the 4th edition of the reading competition 16 before 16. Model United Nations Conference Program was implemented and 130 students from private and public schools participated and signed a contract with Roya Kids to publish Knowledge Path Library Programs.

Last year Young Innovators Lab had 37 innovators participate and produced 11 scientific projects. Therefore, two exhibitions were held in Amman and Al-Zarqa. Abdul Hameed Shoman Cultural Forum, held 38 events on different topics, hosted 12 well-known Arabian people, with 84 local participants, and was led by 38 people, as Dr. Hind Abu Al Sha’ar was honored at the guest of the year event. The Cinema section hosted 40 shows some of them were open-air screening shows. The foundation Celebrated 30 years of launching the cinema section and producing cinematic content as a monthly program. At the musical evenings, the foundation presented a new style in the exhibition entitled “Sound and Color” which performs the collectibles of the foundation and hosted professional Jordanian musicians, more than 1000 people attended the event on-site, and 30,000 online guests. The foundation launched many electronic services to conduct the digital transformation, such as the electronic indexing service for children and adults, searching the contents of the library over the Internet, self-service book borrowing, renewal, and book reserving, and an online system for all the organization’s awards and competitions. We have achieved all of this with you. Be part of our programs so we can achieve more.