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We have spent more than 25 years following our passion. To seek out unrivalled property investment opportunities that equal unparalleled returns.
Our expert eye for emerging markets led us from British born roots to dynamic Dubai, where we became one of the first developers to recognise the city’s lucrative potential. Now home to The First Group’s global headquarters, Dubai is the main location for our diverse property portfolio, which also encompasses the wider United Arab Emirates. Meticulous research and an entrepreneurial spirit led us to specialise in the highly profitable world of hotel investments. We have made it our business to build iconic hotels, offering individual investors the opportunity to profit from purchasing hotel rooms and suites. Our partnership with the world’s leading hotel operators also means these properties enjoy higher occupancy levels and greater rental rates – factors that in turn spell lucrative returns for our investors.
Take Dubai itself, where the hotel industry has been transformed into one of the world’s top performers, surpassing some of the most well established tourism destinations such as New York and Hong Kong. We have witnessed firsthand this vibrant market go from strength-to-strength and the figures speak for themselves. With hotel occupancy soaring upwards of 88% in early 2013 and tourism touching 10 million in 2012*, we can hardly contain our excitement when it comes to inviting you to become part of this buzzing industry.
Investing with The First Group means more than just securing financial collateral. It is about creating a trusted partnership that will bring you continued prosperity. Unlike many developers, our relationship goes beyond the handover of a set of keys. Our clients remain the cornerstone of everything we strive for, from a project’s foundation to its years of success. You are invited to learn more with our Discover Dubai Experience where you will discover firsthand the numerous benefits of owning with The First Group.
*Jones Lang La Salle
VISION: To break the cycle of poverty by ensuring all children have access to quality primary education.
Since its creation in 2007, Dubai Cares has been working to improve young people’s access to education worldwide, and has touched the lives of more than 8 million children in 31 developing countries. This initiative is close to our hearts as a local Dubai based charity, launched by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates and Ruler of Dubai.
SOS Children's Village, Nigeria
VISION: To create a loving home for every child
SOS Children’s Village Nigeria falls under the umbrella of the world’s largest orphan and abandoned children’s charity. Through child sponsorship and donors worldwide, SOS Children’s Villages provide new families and homes for over 78,000 children in 490 special villages across 124 countries. In Nigeria, there is a child orphaning and vulnerability crisis, with an estimated 12 million orphaned children, according to UNICEF. The First Group is proud to support the efforts of SOS Children’s Village, Nigeria, which is doing amazing work in helping young people throughout the country benefit from a loving family environment.
Food for Life Vrindavana
VISION: To help the poorest people, especially women and girls, living in villages in the Vrindavan area of India’s Uttar Pradesh.
Food for Life Vrindavana is a humanitarian aid organisation officially recognised by the Indian government. It has been working tirelessly for over a decade to help the poorest of the poor living in the Vrindavan area, south of New Dehli. Food for Life’s services include providing education for more than 1500 children from kindergarten to intermediate school, through its Sandipani Muni Schools project. It also provides training courses for adult women and aims to empower the female population who are considered to have the lowest social status in India. In addition, Food for Life distributes around 66,000 meals and provides basic medical care to around 1000 people every month.
The Reaching U program was created to bring awareness of children with special needs to the community of the UAE. Furthermore, the program works towards creating a fun and positive environment promoting health and fitness to children with special needs.
Christel House helps children around the world break the cycle of poverty, realize their hopes and dreams, and become self-sufficient, contributing members of society. Christel House transforms lives by providing impoverished children with education, nutrition, health care, a nurturing environment, and by empowering their families and communities through outreach services. www.cambodianchildren.org.uk
Kanu Heart Foundation
VISION: To help underprivileged African young people living with heart conditions obtain vital heart surgery.
The Kanu Heart Foundation was created in 2000 by International Footballer and Nigerian, Kanu Nwankwo. Shortly after leading Nigeria to an Olympic Gold Medal, the former English Premier League striker was diagnosed with a serious heart condition and underwent open heart surgery in 1999. Since then Kanu has dedicated his life to helping African children who are in desperate need of vital cardiac surgery. This initiative is also close to our hearts because of Kanu’s position on our First Team, as brand ambassador for The First Group.
Sri Lanka Orphanage, Ladani
VISION: To light a candle among the destitute and orphan children
The Ladani charity in Sri Lanka was founded in 1985 and has since become renowned throughout the island and beyond for its efforts in helping destitute, orphaned children. The very name “Ladani” originates from the first two letters of the Sinhala words Lama DAya NIwasa which means “home of love” and “care for children.” Ladani is now a government approved charity with homes in seven Sri Lankan villages. The First Group is proud to support this wonderful organisation that does amazing work in improving the lives of Sri Lankan orphans.
Hanne Howard Fund
VISION: To help realise the potential of Kenya’s vulnerable children
The Hanne Howard Fund (HHF) is a hands-on, grassroots organisation that provides full care for 130 vulnerable children in Lenana, a slum community in Nairobi, Kenya. It was created in 2006 by Canadian Hanne Howard and her husband, Ted Horton, who spend up to six months every year in Nairobi to ensure the funds raised are managed and distributed properly. HHF provides education, daily meals, healthcare and shelter for some of Nairobi’s most needy children. The First Group proudly supports this wonderful organisation and in 2012 established The First Group University Scholarship in association with HHF. Now in its second year, this scholarship has given four HHF children the chance to attend top tier universities and colleges in Nairobi.
Gulf for Good
Established in March 2001, Gulf for Good operates under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed al Maktoum. Gulf for Good has run over 35 challenges in 20 countries from Peru to Madagascar to Mongolia, involving over 750 challengers from 41 countries, who have raised around 7 million dirhams. This has paid for over 40 projects around the world, including donating school equipment in Sharjah, Oman and Jordan; renovating schools, clinics and orphanages in Lebanon, Egypt and Thailand; building an orphanage and hospital in Nepal; building hospital wards in Haiti; providing ambulances in India and Africa; and many others.
Foresight is a Dubai-based organization helping to accelerate a cure for blindness caused by hereditary eye disease which affects millions of people worldwide, particularly Retinitis Pigmentosa. In partnership with Tamkeen, Foresight aims to improve the lives of people with visual impairment in our community and raise awareness of the difficulties they face in their everyday lives.