71 million people benefit from MBRGI’s humanitarian projects worth AED 1.3 billion


Seventy-one million people around the world benefitted from the humanitarian and social projects implemented by the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Global Initiatives (MBRGI) in 2019.

Campaigns worth a total of AED 1.3 billion were carried out across 108 countries, according to the foundation’s annual report.

Around 125,000 volunteers from all over the world joined hands with the MBRGI’s 574 full-time employees to implement the initiatives on ground.

The details were revealed during a virtual board meeting, chaired by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai.

Sheikh Mohammed stressed on dedicating greater efforts towards healthcare and disease control programmes this year.

He also called for more focus on developing local and regional medical cadres, supporting medical research and scientific experiments on viral diseases, and forging active partnerships with research organisations.

More than 30 entities and initiatives under the umbrella of MBRGI carry out hundreds of projects and programmes to improve lives across the five main pillars of: Humanitarian Aid & Relief, Spreading Education & Knowledge, Healthcare & Disease Control, Innovation & Entrepreneurship, and Empowering Communities.

Here’s the breakup of projects implemented by MBRGI in 2019: 

Humanitarian Aid and Relief

  • 17 million beneficiaries of Dh262 million Humanitarian Aid & Relief initiatives in 2019
  • 2.6 million beneficiaries of MBRCH projects in 2019
  • 9 million beneficiaries of UAE Water Aid Foundation (Suqia) projects
  • 13,448 tonnes of food donated to the UAE Food Bank last year
  • Over 1,000 tonnes of aid dispatched with the support of the IHC

Healthcare & Disease Control

  • 7.5 million people benefitted from Dh118 million Healthcare and Disease Control programmes in 2019
  • Dh88 million raised to support the construction of Magdi Yacoub Global Heart Center in Egypt
  • 6 million patients received trachoma treatment by Noor Dubai  
  • 20,486 beneficiaries of Noor Dubai’s mobile eye camps in developing countries 
  • 9,200 people received eye examinations through mobile eye clinics in the UAE
  • 1.4 million maternal and neonatal tetanus vaccines administered in Africa
  • Dh4.9 million invested in medical research projects in 2019 by Al Jalila Foundation
  • 261 children received lifesaving free heart surgeries through Nabadat

Spreading Education & Knowledge

  • 45 million beneficiaries of Dh335 million education and knowledge projects in 2019
  • 20 million beneficiaries of Dubai Cares programmes in 2019
  • Dh21 million invested on research to improve quality of education
  • 21 million students from 96,000 schools participate in the Arab Reading Challenge for academic year 2019/2020
  • Dh11 million awarded to Arab Reading Challenge winners
  • 6.9 million books distributed in developing countries by Dubai Cares
  • Dh3.7 million distributed to winners of the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Knowledge Award

Innovation & Entrepreneurship

  • 744,000 beneficiaries of Dh386 million Innovation & Entrepreneurship projects last year
  • Dh169 million in incentives and facilities provided to Emirati-led start-ups in 2019
  • 3,871 Emirati entrepreneurs supported by Dubai SME 
  • 780,000 participants in One Million Arab Coders initiative

Empowering Communities

  • 510,000 beneficiaries of Dh181 million initiatives dedicated to Empowering Communities in 2019
  • One million beneficiaries of the ‘Well of Hope’ initiative
  • 92,000 applicants in the third edition of Arab Hope Makers
  • Dh5 million awarded to five Arab Hope Makers finalists
  • Dh1 million distributed to each of the three winners of the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Tolerance Award
  • Dh1 million given to Arab Journalism Award winners
  • 79,000 beneficiaries of the Sheikh Mohammed Center for Cultural Understanding’s activities in the UAE

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