Arab Hope Makers

Arab Hope Makers is the largest initiative of its kind to honour individuals and institutions in the Arab world with philanthropic efforts that seek to improve lives. The initiative celebrates humanitarian projects and initiatives that address challenges facing communities across different fields, help alleviate the suffering of those in need and empower marginalized groups. It highlights Hope Makers who devote their time and efforts to drive positive change in communities without seeking personal gains or recognition in return.


The Arab Hope Makers initiative was launched in 2017 under the umbrella of Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Global Initiatives, a UAE-based foundation that combines wide-ranging humanitarian, social, development and empowerment entities and programmes.

It implements the vision of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of UAE and Ruler of Dubai, to encourage Arab youth to spread hope, fight despair and pessimism, and actively take part in shaping their future. Hope is the “the only investment that never fails.”


Through highlighting inspiring stories of the Arab World’s unsung heroes, the Arab Hope Makers initiative aims to support their humanitarian, relief and community development programmes and campaigns. The initiative is open to self-nominations or public nominations for Arab individuals, volunteering groups or non-profit organizations in any part of the world.

Five finalists are selected after several evaluation stages and field visits that assess the impact and scope of their social humanitarian initiatives. Each of the finalists are celebrated in a grand ceremony in Dubai before each takes home AED 1 million to support their humanitarian endeavors.

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