Providing alternative physical therapy with practical and vocational education to individuals with special needs.

Welcome to Al Marmoom Initiative

Thanks to the generosity of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates and Ruler of Dubai , Al Marmoom Intiative was gifted a generous piece of land in the Emirate of Dubai. This along with the continued support of King Hamad bin Isa bin Salman Al Khalifa of Bahrain and His Highness Sheikh Nasser bin Hamad Al Khalifa, has assisted us in providing special needs adults and children with horse riding therapy and vocational greenhouse farming programs.


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April News 2017 April 2017

April was another extraordinary month for the students of the Al Marmoom Initiative with plenty of growing and harvesting in the Greenhouses to Pony Club action with the horses. With the temperature quickly increasing here in the Desert, riding students focused on completing their Mini road-rider c...

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March News 2017 March 2017

Another month… and the action just gets more exciting for the students of the Al Marmoom Initiative.  March saw yet more ‘firsts’ as the students competed against able-bodied competitors at the ‘Horse & Hound’ show at Al Habtoor’s Polo and Equestrian club.  This was the first of it...

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February News 2017 February 2017

Four lovely students from Kings’ school’s new Autism class join us every Thursday morning from February 23rd onwards.  The Al Barsha based children are very much looking forward to learning skills in the Greenhouse and with our horses. Students from SNF school working our homemade ‘T-junct...

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January News 2017 January 2017

  The month of January certainly ‘kick started’ a brand new exciting year for the Al Marmoom Initiative.  The team at Al Habtoor Polo and Equestrian club organised an event where we were able to take part in a number of classes with our students.   Eight of our riders negotiated their w...

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December 2016 News December 2016

The past few weeks at the Al Marmoom Initiative has been action-packed as ever. All students have completed their second block of training and have completed their Gardening and Basic Riding assessments too. To celebrate their achievements, ‘The Festival of Fun 2016’ was held at the Centre. More...


Nowember 2016 News November 2016

November was a fast and furious month for the students, staff and volunteers of the Al Marmoom Initiative.   Block 2 started with ‘Basic Riding’ as the weather is now cool enough to saddle up for more weekly challenges.  Students have been learning the basics while perfecting their balance on...


October 2016 News October 2016

October 2016 brought even more developments for the Al Marmoom Initiative. Block one’s ‘Showmanship’ course, lasting six weeks, came to an end and produced plenty of happy graduates with their rosettes and achievement sheets. Greenhouse activities were also in full bloom with plenty of f...


September News September 2016

The new outdoor riding season has begun! With 5 schools attending in the weekdays and many individuals at the weekends we already have more than 80 students a week benefiting  from our Riding and Greenhouse sessions. We have also completed 4 volunteer training sessions, training around 50 volunte...


August News August 2016

The greenhouse lessons were in full swing in Aug.  Students now are learning how to plant and care for different types of crops in our temperature controlled greenhouses they love getting involved with nature and seeing their hard work grow.  Stable management lessons continued indoor whilst the w...


July News July 2016

Even during the heat of the summer Al Marmoom didn't slow down. The Al Marmoom Greenhouses are in the final stages of preparation and we hope to have them launched and operational by Sep. The is a very exciting new project for us and will help provide vocational positions and income for a sustainabl...


June News June 2016

Our Stable Management classes continued and so did the commitment of our fabulous volunteers .  We had one of our quarterly clean up days where a army of hardworking ladies and gents scrubbed, brushed, polished and washed the stables . Thank you all we could not do it without you. VIEW GALERY...


Volunteer coffee morning May 2016

It was a great to catch up with so many of our amazing volunteers at our coffee morning. We got some great feedback and ideas and then tried to get ourselves out of a human knot and challenged some to a game of 'What am I'. A huge thank you to Sheraton Dubai, Mall of the Emirates Hotel who sponsored...


May Students May 2016

A few tough students continued their outdoor riding lessons despite the heat.  We also started our full time indoor stable management program which teaches the students  practical tasks to care for horses and ponies. We held our volunteer coffee morning and had the Marriott team volunteered with ...


April Students April 2016

With more than 45 students riding weekly we started to wind down our outdoor riding due to the hot weather.  AL Marmoom will be running indoor stable management classes throughout the summer where students learn how to care for our lovely horses.  We had a new member of the Team join us Emir who w...


March Students March 2016

As our student numbers rose so did the fun! We now have a total of 40 students riding and taking part in stable management classes weekly.  Some of our volunteers took part in first aid courses and we had a bit of rain which meant there was more swimming than riding for a week! VIEW GALLERY &...

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Feb Students February 2016

Marmoom now has more than 30 students benefiting from equine therapy every week.  This is an amazing achievement in our first season and its thanks to our fantastic staff and volunteers that this has been possible.  We continue to see amazing results from the riding and stable management sessions ...


Al Marmoom first annual BBQ January 2016

On Jan 15th we held the first annual BBQ and celebrated our amazing first few months since opening.  Thank you to all who attended and helped with the event. 100 students and volunteers ate, played games and enjoyed balloon bending and face painting  .  With 300 riding hours and more than 500 ...


Autism Awareness talk with Sarah Baker January 2016

On the 29th of January Ms Sarah Baker of the Dubai Autism center  gave a talk to our volunteers and outside visitors.  She spoke in detail about the challenges faced by Autistic individuals and the best way to approach those who have this diagnosis. She also gave more information about the wide...


King Hamad Al Khalifa and Sheikh Nasser Al KHalifa visit January 2016

On Jan 6th we were honored to receive HM King Hamad Al Khalifa and HH Sheikh Nasser Al Khalifa to Al Marmoom Equine Therapy.  Both His Majesty and His Highness are supporters of our venue and are committed to  developing special needs individuals throughout the region.  King Hamad and Sheikh Nass...


Rashid Pediatric School visit December 2015

The children and adults from Rashid school joined us for a BBQ and karaoke morning in December.  The students enjoyed a fun filled time with dancing, singing and spending time with our lovely horses. Al Marmoom works very closely with schools and residential centers like Rashid to provide recreatio...


November Students December 2015

As the weather got even cooler  more amazing students  have been riding and taking part in our stable management classes in the month of November.  Students of all ages from all over Dubai have been enjoying the benefits of the interaction with our wonderful horses.  Take a look at some of these...

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Greenhouse planting November 2015

Here at Al Marmoom we are committed to the all round development of individuals with special needs, part of this is our brand new greenhouse project. Through this project we aim to teach special needs adults how to plant, look after and harvest, vegetables, plants, flowers and fruit.  Hamooudi and ...


October Students October 2015

Its been a busy October here at Al Marmoom, the weather is now perfect and we have been visited by children and adults of all ages and nationalities.  A huge thank you to all our hard working committed volunteers making this possible. Check out our gallery to see some of the fantastic classes our s...


Volunteer Training with RDA UK October 2015

More than 35 volunteers attended Al Marmoom's training sessions on the 9th and 10th of October.  The classes were conducted by RDA UK coach Jane Barker who had flown in from the UK to assist us in preparing our volunteers. The sessions covered all aspects of a riding lesson with a special needs in...


Senses Residential Centre Visit September 2015

Pupils from Senses Residential Centre for individuals with special needs enjoyed a fun filled morning with us.  Ten pupils from age 6 to 35 learnt how to fill hay nets ready for horse feeding, spent time grooming the horses and then had a chance to feed them with their favorite snack, carrots.  Ma...


Volunteer Open Day September 2015

More than 40 committed volunteers attended our first volunteer open day held on 5th Sep 2015.  These volunteers were given a tour and detailed information on the venue they will be helping run. The attendees met all the horses, were shown an example of a lesson and how they would be involved in th...


RDA Visit July 2015

RDA consultant  Jane Barker flew in from the UK for one of her regular trips to Al Marmoom , as we follow the UK RDA syllabus and guidelines we regularly take advice and host members from the UK. These experts assist and advise on best practices and the newest techniques available. This constant on...