Making Hope and
Building the Future


spent across all of MBRGI's pillars in 2016


in 62 countries in 2016


spent on Healthcare & Disease Control initiatives in 2016, affecting 10 million beneficiaries


spent on Spreading Education & Knowledge in 2016, touching the lives of 9.3 million people


spent on Humanitarian Aid & Relief initiatives in 2016, benefitting 22.6 million people


invested in MBRGI awards in 2016

International Humanitarian City is the world’s largest humanitarian city that includes emergency aid ready for delivery with a value of AED 400 Million

In 2016, MBRGI started working on three sustainable organisations:

  • -Al Jalila Foundation Research Centre
  • -Mohammed bin Rashid Library
  • -Museum of the Future

7 Million Students participated in the Arab Reading Challenge - the largest knowledge initiative for young people in the
Arab world

65,000 Stories of Hope in the largest Arab initiative for giving

“The UAE is not only an economic centre and a tourist destination between East and West, we are an important humanitarian hub on the global stage.” Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum
“Today, humanitarian and developmental work has evolved; international institutions are required to contribute to enhancing the lives of people in their societies. In our region, institutions are required to be able to meet the magnitude of the challenges we are facing.” Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum

The Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Global Initiatives (MBRGI) annual report aims to highlight the achievements of the initiatives, programmes and projects that together came under the foundation’s umbrella in 2016. It monitors the impact of a large number of these initiatives, both regionally and globally, and defines MBRGI's mission to create hope and build a better world.

MBRGI includes 33 foundations and initiatives which, since their inception, have executed more than 1,400 development programmes that have helped support over 130 million people in 116 countries, in cooperation with more than 280 strategic partners, including government entities, private companies and regional and international organisations.

MBRGI was launched on 4 October 2015 to form an umbrella for all the humanitarian, charity and community foundations launched by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates, Ruler of Dubai, in the last 20 years. The foundation represents His Highness’ humanitarian vision to serve humanity in all fields.

MBRGI seeks to achieve integration and coordination among the various initiatives, projects and programmes within it, and to unite their goals in order to maximise their impact and role in the various fields affecting humanity.

The MBRGI annual report for 2016 is divided into five main pillars:

  • humanitarian aid Humanitarian Aid & Relief
  • health care Healthcare & Disease Control
  • education Spreading Education & Knowledge
  • innovation Innovation & Entrepreneurship
  • society Empowering Communities

2016 Highlights AED 1.5 Billion
For humanity, knowledge and the future

MBRGI spent a total of AED 1.5 billion in 2016, divided between all of its humanitarian and development initiatives and social programmes, as well as building three sustainable institutions. An amount of AED 730 million was spent on initiatives, whereas AED 791 million was dedicated to establishing the Mohammed bin Rashid Library, the largest monument to knowledge of its kind in the Arab world, the Museum of the Future and Al Jalila Foundation Research Centre in Dubai Healthcare City.

MBRGI's initiatives, programmes and projects, benefitted 42 million people in 62 countries around the world, aiming to improve quality of life, empower communities and build a better future for all segments in need.

The humanitarian aid and relief amounted to AED 252 million, strengthening the UAE’s global role in giving, and maintaining its position as the most generous country in the Arab world in humanitarian, developmental and relief work.

As the focus on improving the quality of education and promoting a culture of knowledge is one of the most important areas of focus for MBRGI, the expenditure on the initiatives under the pillar of Spreading Education & Knowledge amounted to AED 590 million, a large portion of which was allocated to scholarships, grants and fellowship programmes.

To celebrate people’s achievements and encourage talent in all fields related to knowledge, practical skills, creative and humanitarian efforts, MBRGI's various initiatives have awarded prizes to the value of AED 115 million.

Total Expenditure in 2016

Investment in building
sustainable organisations
AED 791 Million
Expenditure on all initiatives, activities and programmes
AED 730 Million

Humanitarian Aid & Relief spent in 2016AED 252 Million


Healthcare & Disease Control spent in 2016 AED 224 Million


Spreading Education & Knowledge spent in 2016 AED 590 Million


Innovation & Entrepreneurship spent in 2016AED 377 Million


Empowering Communities spent in 2016 AED 79 Million


42 Million People benefitted from all initiatives, projects and programmes in 62 countries around the world

AED 115 Million invested in MBRGI awards in 2016