FDF was established by virtue of decree No. 11/2006 issued on 10/5/2006 by His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al-Nahyan in his capacity as the ruler of Abu Dhabi. FDF is chaired by Her Highness Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak the Chairperson of the Foundation which replaced Abu Dhabi Women Advancement Association including all its Branches, offices, affiliates and clubs. In addition, all assets and real estate or movable properties owned by these affiliates and their entitlements and duties shall be transferred to FDF. The Foundation is a public non-profit organization with legal entity and full legal capacity and it enjoys financial and administrative independence.