At Manzil, we believe in empowerment of every student that walks through our doors so that they can lead a life of independence and dignity. We achieve this goal by capacity building of people with varied abilities, raising social awareness and fostering an inclusive society.

I firmly believe that if people are exposed to differences amongst individuals and are taught to accept disability as part of life from a young age, then they will grow into responsible adults. In this case, society will not be faced with issues regarding acceptance of differences, whether at an educational, professional or social level. Based on this philosophy, we at Manzil promote inclusive education and work tirelessly towards maximizing the potential of each child and ensure that they participate in the workforce and get woven into the social fabric to make a meaningful contribution to society.

Sheikh Maktoum bin Butti AlMaktoum



Dr. Ayesha Saeed

Founder Director

Dr. Ayesha is one of the rare Director’s in the region whose PhD is in Special Education, from the University of Sheffield, UK. Her thesis on ‘Inclusion in UAE’ gives her a unique grounding on the needs of UAE society and how best to include individuals with disability. Her Psychology Honors Thesis in the disability arena ranked First in Delhi University, and she also got a University Ranking in her Masters Degree in Social Work. She also has a Post Graduate Diploma in Industrial Relations & Personnel Management.

Dr. Ayesha has been awarded an Honorary Degree of Doctor of Letters by The University of Sheffield in recognition of her achievements in supporting the educational needs of individuals with disabilities.

Ayesha has been an Educational Psychologist, Counselor & Lecturer during her 20+ years in Dubai, and is the Founder of Dubai’s first support group for families having persons with disability in 1999. Besides speaking at conferences & on Radio, her TV show ‘Ask Ayesha’ has been prominently featured in UAE media. Dr Ayesha sits on the Advocacy Committee of Dubai Government’s Community & Development Authority & is the Governor for Inclusion on a few UAE School Boards. She has been featured in the Middle East’s Iconic 100 NRI’s list & also won the ‘UAE Woman of the Year’ Award. Dr Ayesha is also the proud recipient of the 2012 Princess Haya Award for Special Education in the “Outstanding Director General” category and is the 2018 winner of the MENA Regional Social Impact Award given by the British Council.


Samar Addasi

Head of Programs

Ms. Samar has over 19 years of hands-on management experience in Special Education. Her expertise encompasses planning, programming, personnel development and running projects in professional organizations.She was the Program Coordinator at Al Asreiyya School, Amman, spanning learning support and inclusion. Ms Samar was instrumental in developing programs to meet a wide range of needs and enabled children from the least to the most able to realize their full potential. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology (Major) / Business Administration (Minor) and a Master’s degree in Special Education from Jordan University. She also has a post-graduate diploma in Vocational and Personal Development from the Open Polytechnic, New Zealand.

At Manzil, Ms. Samar in her capacity of Program Manager supervises the Student Individualised Educational Plans, runs inclusive programs based on international best practices and manages the entire teaching staff as well.


Ricky Husaini

Director - Strategy & Partnerships

Ricky is a part of the Founding Team of Manzil, and currently heads up global partnerships as well as in-house strategy for the company. Beides his passion for promoting Diversity, Equity & Inclusion across both educational & corporate frameworks, Ricky has been a serial technology investor into renewable energy, fintech & retail platform businesses. He was part of the team managing the wealth of the Ruler of Dubai 20 years ago and was also Deputy Treasurer of the largest bank in the Middle East as well as CIO of an Abu Dhabi based Bank. Besides being an accredited Financial Risk Manager, he is also certified as a blockchain expert by the World Blockchain Council.

Ricky is now focussing on deploying NLP & Machine learning algorithms to create personality maps of people with and without disabilities, leading to tailor-made training programmes to assist them to enhance their potential and boost their self-confidence.



United Nations Zero Project Award Winner, 2020 (Top 10 global initiatives)


85% of Manzil graduates are in mainstream jobs


Outstanding Director Award 2012 - PHASE AWARDS


Outstanding Family of Special Needs Child 2010 - PHASE AWARDS. Nelofer is one of our first graduates and is working at ENBD to support her family.


Outstanding Special Needs Supporter 2010 & 2015 (Zurich & Jumeirah Creekside Hotel) - PHASE AWARDS


Manzil Art Collection displayed in prestigious art studio and hotels in Dubai


Students are attending the partial integration program regularly to interact with their mainstream peers.


Manzil won Arabian Business Achievement Award 2016 in the Social Service Provider category.We would like to thank all our supporters for making this possible!


Manzil is the only Pearson Assured Special Education Center in the GCC region. The Center has an international benchmark on quality of all the processes underpinning the design, delivery, quality assurance and/or assessment of the education and training programs.


Manzil is the first and only organization certified as Disability Confident Committed outside UK, in line with the UK Disability Confident Accreditation Scheme



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