Arab World honours Hope Makers, winner brings home Dh1 million
Dubai: The UAE and the Arab world is all set for the Arab Hope Makers 2018 Awards Ceremony tonight, Monday (May 14, 2018).
One person will win the Hope Maker title and a prize of Dh1 million to take his or her project further.
The initiative honours people and institutions that pursue a humanitarian goal. The applicants needed to have a “project, programme, campaign or initiative that is creative and influential, and that contributes to improving the lives of others”, according to the initiative’s official website.
They could also work towards relieving the suffering of a particular social group, develop a social, economic, cultural or educational environment, or contribute to solving any challenge faced by his or her community, in a non-profit and volunteer capacity.
Under the patronage of His Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, this second edition of the initiative recorded more than 87,000 participants.
The announcement sparked an unprecedented response with thousands of social media users nominating candidates, suggesting ideas and asking questions.
Saudi Arabia topped the list of candidates for the Arab Hope Makers, exceeding 18 per cent of the total number of initiatives, followed by Egypt in second place with about 12 per cent. The UAE ranked fifth with more than 8 per cent of the nominations.
The Arab Hope Makers entries comprised diverse humanitarian and community initiatives, focusing on vital sectors that meet the most pressing needs of their specific environment.
Community service initiatives had the highest representation, followed by educational initiatives. Other entries included environmental, technical, cultural, youth and women’s empowerment initiatives.