MBRGI Initiatives

Humanitarian Aid & Relief

International Humanitarian City

International Humanitarian City (IHC), established in 2003, is a major global humanitarian and logistics hub based in Dubai. Its mandate is to facilitate international humanitarian aid by using its transport and logistics capacity to enable aid agencies to provide emergency relief items to victims of crises and alleviate the suffering of those struggling with hunger and poverty.

IHChoststheof cesofanumberofUnitedNations agencies and non-governmental organisations, and provides an indispensable role in lifting and transporting emergency and life-saving items, thanks to its strategic location in Dubai. This location means agencies operating from within IHC can reach two- thirds of the global population with a ight time of eight hours or less.

Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Humanitarian & Charity Establishment

The Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Humanitarian & Charity Establishment, established in 1997, aims to promote charity and humanitarian efforts by alleviating the suffering of the needy both internationally and in the UAE.

The establishment implements a number of development and relief projects, such as health and education-related initiatives. It also supports communities across the world through food cards, as well as other projects. These magnetic cards are loaded with credit that enables a person to purchase their own food during the holy month of Ramadan.

Since its foundation, the establishment has been active in more than 31 countries through a variety of projects and in collaboration with local and international partners.

UAE Water Aid (Suqia)

UAE Water Aid (Suqia) aims to alleviate the suffering of poverty-stricken communities by investing in innovative and sustainable solar-powered pure water solutions. The foundation was established in 2015 following the 2014 UAE Water Aid campaign, which set out to provide drinking water for ve million people around the globe by drilling wells and providing water pumps and water puri cation equipment.

Mohammed bin Rashid Global Centre for Endowment Consultancy

The Mohammed bin Rashid Global Centre for Endowment Consultancy is a global consulting foundation focused on awqaf – charitable donations made under Islamic law. It was launched by Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum in 2016 to achieve Dubai’s global vision for awqaf and endowments.

The centre offers consultancy services to individuals and local, regional and international foundations free of charge in order to encourage investment in awqaf and endowments as a means of ful lling the needs of society and serving humanity.

Working with partners, the centre works to provide a clear legislative environment for awqaf and endowments and adopt global best practice. It also works to identify urgent needs and enable crowd-funding for awqaf and endowment-related projects.

UAE Food Bank

The UAE Food Bank, established on 4 January 2017, is committed to distributing food to those in need while eliminating food waste. It collaborates with local authorities, as well as local and international charities, to create a comprehensive ecosystem to ef ciently store, package and distribute excess fresh food from hotels, restaurants and supermarkets. The rst food bank in the UAE, it saves, stores and shares surplus food in an initiative that aims to eliminate waste while alleviating hunger locally, regionally and internationally.

The Dubai Municipality will supervise the UAE Food Bank, ensuring that rules and regulations are applied to guarantee the highest standard of health and food quality. It will also supervise the administrative process and operational elements of the food bank.

Healthcare & Disease Control

Al Jalila Foundation

Established in 2012, Al Jalila Foundation is a non- governmental, non-profit organisation that seeks to improve people’s lives through medical education, research and providing therapeutic assistance to those in need. The foundation promotes medical education and research by investing in the UAE’s medical treatment capabilities. It provides scholarships to nurture the next generation of Emirati medical professionals and supports ground-breaking research that addresses health challenges prevalent in the region.

Al Jalila Foundation Research Centre, scheduled to open in Dubai Healthcare City, sets out to be a beacon for regionally relevant medical innovation produced by home-grown biomedical researchers. The UAE’s first independent multi-disciplinary medical research centre will work with local and global experts to find solutions to five of the most pressing regional health challenges: cancer, cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, obesity and mental health.

Noor Dubai

Noor Dubai was launched in 2008 with the vision of a world free from avoidable causes of blindness. It provides therapeutic, preventative and educational programmes in developing countries to treat blindness and visual impairment on a regional and international scale.

Noor Dubai implements a number of initiatives globally, especially in Africa and Asia, where it focuses on remote areas lacking in resources and healthcare infrastructure. The foundation provides mobile clinics for treatment, runs awareness and preventative medicine programmes and invests in capacity-building.

“Investing in education is investing in the lasting peace and security that our children deserve.”
Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum

Spreading Education & Knowledge

Dubai Cares

Dubai Cares aims to break the cycle of poverty by ensuring children in developing countries have access to quality education through the design and funding of programmes that aspire to be integrated, impactful, sustainable and scalable.

Established in 2008, Dubai Cares works to increase children’s access to quality primary education through integrated programmes that eliminate the underlying obstacles preventing children from attending school and learning. The organisation achieves this through building and renovating schools and classrooms, improving water, sanitation and hygiene in schools, providing school meals, healthcare support and early childhood education, as well as teacher training, curriculum development, literacy and numeracy.

Arab Reading Challenge

The Arab Reading Challenge (ARC) is the largest reading initiative for students in the Arab world, and seeks to instil the habit of reading, and a passion for knowledge, deep in the DNA of young students.

ARC launched in the 2015/16 academic year and engaged students from the first to 12th grades across the Arab world. The challenge takes place throughout the school year, with a comprehensive follow-up system that includes qualifications at a school level, country level and regional level, with a final ceremony held in Dubai.

Mohammed bin Rashid Library

The plan to build the biggest library in the Arab world, the Mohammed bin Rashid Library, was announced in 2016. With a total investment of AED 1 billion, the library will be located in a 1 million sq ft property and will house more than 4.5 million printed, digital and audio books.

Mohammed bin Rashid Arabic Language Award

The Mohammed bin Rashid Arabic Language Award, launched in 2014, aims to encourage exceptional contributions to serving the Arabic language. By honouring its patrons, the event serves to highlight successful and outstanding efforts in disseminating knowledge and education in the Arabic language.

The award has categories in the areas of education, technology, media and communications, language policy, Arabisation, and the development of a knowledge- sharing society.

The award further endeavours to reinforce the status of the UAE and its leading role as a centre of excellence for the Arabic language, as well as to promote the use of Arabic in public life and assist in the learning and teaching of the language on a large scale.

Knowledge Summit

Led by Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Knowledge Foundation, the Knowledge Summit held its rst edition in Dubai in 2014. The annual summit brings together experts from across the globe to discuss knowledge and ways to apply knowledge in a local context. It seeks to promote ideas and programmes that nourish and spread awareness of knowledge around the globe.

Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Knowledge Foundation

Established in 2007, the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Knowledge Foundation aims to empower future generations to devise sustainable solutions for facilitating the process of knowledge and research in the Arab world. The foundation is committed to fostering knowledge-based societies throughout the Middle East by funding research projects, activities and initiatives. It nurtures ideas and innovation while focusing on its main pillars, which are education, entrepreneurship, and research and development.

Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Knowledge Award

The Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Knowledge Award was launched in 2015 and seeks to highlight the importance of sharing and transferring knowledge as a key to global development and, ultimately, the prosperity of nations. It aims to celebrate pioneers and world-class achievers whose work has contributed in disseminating knowledge and increasing awareness of sustainable development.

Innovation & Entrepreneurship

Mohammed bin Rashid Establishment for SME Development

The Mohammed bin Rashid Establishment for SME Development (Dubai SME) was launched as a subsidiary of the Department of Economic Development, and works to create a business-friendly environment for Dubai’s small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). The establishment seeks to foster innovation and leadership in all SME sectors, supporting emerging entrepreneurs from planning their nances to streamlining nancial resources, simplifying procedures and helping them establish their business.

Mohammed bin Rashid Award for Young Business Leaders

The Mohammed bin Rashid Award for Young Business Leaders was founded in 2003 to honour distinguished entrepreneurs. The award also recognises the individuals and organisations who have aided the development of entrepreneurs across the UAE.

Young Entrepreneurs Award

The Young Entrepreneurs Award is one of the leading business initiatives supporting and encouraging young entrepreneurs to pursue their dreams. The award encourages high school and college students to plan and launch their own projects, and gives them an opportunity to learn the principles of business planning, product and service conceptualisation and marketing.

Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Business Award

The Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Business Award, launched in 2005, seeks to embrace all GCC businesses in the pursuit of excellence. It honours the success of organisations who are leading the way in establishing new standards of business excellence, and whose continuous and outstanding achievements serve as inspiration for all like-minded organisations across the GCC.

The award is dedicated to cultivating a world-class business culture in the region, with the ultimate goal of creating a high-level, competitive business environment that fosters trade, business development and job creation. Ultimately, it contributes to the solid and sustainable growth of the GCC economies.

Dubai Future Foundation, Museum of the Future

The Dubai Future Foundation was established in 2015 to play a pivotal role in shaping the future of Dubai. It is based on the Dubai Future Agenda, which serves as a roadmap to shape the future of strategic sectors in the medium and long term, in cooperation with government and private sector entities.

The foundation builds ambitious, forward-looking projects to enable rapid deployment of transformative technologies, such as accelerators – programmes and integrated systems designed to support entrepreneurs and innovators to turn their ideas into successful companies. Dubai Future Accelerators is the largest accelerator for government services in the world.

The foundation is also responsible for opening the Museum of the Future in 2018, which will be a platform to demonstrate and test the latest inventions and prototypes from up-and-coming start-ups as well as the world’s technology giants.

UAE Drones for Good Award

The UAE Drones for Good Award was launched in 2014 in order to highlight the role of technology in improving people’s lives.

There are two versions of the award – global and local. The winner of the global award receives $1 million, whereas the winner of the local award is rewarded with AED 1 million. The local award focuses on health, education, civil defence, transportation and other sectors. The global award focuses on solutions for government services, humanitarian assistance, humanitarian relief during natural disasters, public health and more.

UAE AI & Robotics for Good Award

The UAE AI & Robotics for Good Award aims to encourage research and the use of innovative arti cial intelligence (AI) solutions to address the challenges facing three main sectors – health, education and social services. The award aims to raise public awareness of the promising opportunities offered by AI, and the importance of turning creative ideas into reality.

Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Global Water Award

The Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Global Water Award was launched in 2014 and is part of UAE Water Aid (Suqia). The award seeks to nd solutions to the problem of water scarcity by encouraging research and the development of new technologies and mechanisms to produce water using solar power.

Empowering Communities

Middle East Exchange

The Middle East Exchange (MEE) was launched in 2016 as a platform for sharing new ideas, inspirations and perceptions in the Middle East, aiming to stimulate and encourage frank, open and constructive debate around important issues and challenges facing the region today. MEE presents weekly articles that tackle regional issues and address various developmental, economic, environmental and social issues.

Arab Hope Makers

The Arab Hope Makers initiative was launched in early 2017 with the goal of highlighting the philanthropists and hope makers of the Arab world, who dedicate their time to serving others and improving living conditions. The award seeks to honour these individuals, raise awareness of their projects, and fund their humanitarian initiatives so they may continue their efforts and instil hope in their communities.

Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Centre for Cultural Understanding

Founded in 1998, the Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Centre for Cultural Understanding plays an indispensable role as a bridge between the many different nationalities living and working in, as well as visiting, the UAE.

The centre acts as a gateway to learn about Emirati heritage, culture and tradition. Since its foundation, it has provided educational and awareness material for local and international schools and universities.

Dubai International Sports Conference

Launched in 2006, Dubai International Sports Conference is an annual event that addresses key issues related to global sports. Every year, sports- related speakers and audiences including referees, managers, agents and world-famous football players gather to discuss solutions related to outstanding governance in sports for the success of clubs, professional associations and international bodies.

Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Creative Sports Award

The Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Creative Sports Award, founded in 2009, works to honour individuals, teams and establishments that demonstrate creativity in sports.

Mohammed bin Rashid Center for Leadership Development

The Mohammed bin Rashid Center for Leadership Development was launched in 2003 in order to prepare future leaders in the region, and provide them with the knowledge and expertise to support their country’s social and economic development and initiatives.

Mohammed bin Rashid School of Government

Mohammed bin Rashid School of Government, launched in 2005, is the rst research and teaching institution focusing on governance and public policy in the Arab world. The school aims to support world- class governance in the UAE and the Arab world and build future leaders through an integrated system of education, training and research.

The school’s operations are founded on global best practice; it collaborates with several government and private institutions both regionally and internationally, and is considered a unique model for academic institutions in that it focuses on the practical side of governance.

Arab Strategy Forum

The Arab Strategy Forum, established in 2001, is a platform that enables leaders in the private and public sectors to make strategically informed decisions, navigate risks and exploit opportunities. The forum develops pioneering, short-term forecasts, thought leadership and insights to achieve this mandate.

Arab Media Forum

The Arab Media Forum is an annual platform for leading media gures to take part in discussions and exchange ideas on media-related issues of importance to the region and the world at large. Launched in 2001 under the umbrella of the Dubai Press Club, the forum has attracted personalities from the media and journalism from all over the world, as well as a host of political, academic and intellectual leaders.

Every year, media representatives, editors-in-chief, columnists, academics and senior government of cials attend the forum from the Arab world and beyond. In each edition of the Arab Media Forum, speakers and attendees discuss an agenda including issues facing the media, new phenomena and trends.

Arab Journalism Award

The Arab Journalism Award, since its inception in 1999, has helped improve the quality of journalism and media in the Arab world. Its main goal is to reward talent, inspire excellence and stimulate creativity.

Award categories include investigative reporting, young talent in journalism, photojournalism, economic journalism, outstanding cartoon artwork, specialised journalism, best press interviews, best columnist and media personality of the year. The award also recognises journalists who have sacri ced their lives to documenting the history of their nation and humanity at large.

Arab Social Media Influencers Summit

Launched in 2015, the Arab Social Media Influencers Summit aims to create a platform for communication about information, ideas and culture. From education and health to human development, sessions cover a wide range of positive and constructive topics that are shared across social networking sites.

The summit also features the Arab Social Media Influencers Award, which aims to shed light on the most important social media initiatives in the Arab world. The award honours innovative campaigns by individuals and institutions across various social media channels who raise awareness of important issues that affect the Arab world.