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“Our Aid has Humanitarian Objectives Only!”

H.H. Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum

Sheikh Mohammed Sets the Tone for DIHAD 2019

……………As About 5200 Attendees Storm Dubai in March

Report: Mohammed Abu,Accra,ADM Ghana

His Highness, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al- Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister of United Arab Emirates, and Ruler of Dubai under whose patronage the 16th edition, of the Dubai International Humanitarian Aid & Development Conference & Exhibition (DIHAD 2019) is being held in March in  the  United Arab Emirates,notes,:

Our aid has humanitarian objectives only; it is never governed by politics or limited by the geography, race, colour or religion of the beneficiary. We provide humanitarian capital and are a major relief station for the poor: we do not hesitate to help and support the brother, the ill-fated friend or the needy wherever they are. This is our message to the world and this is the United Arab Emirates”

DIHAD,the world’s leading humanitarian event is scheduled to take place from the 12th-14th March,2019 under the theme, ’Connecting UN Aid Agencies ,NGOs Private Sector and Governments to Build a Better Future  for Humanitarian Aid and Deliver on Their Promise for s Better World”.

The three-day event  which has since proven to be the ultimate regional event for the exchange of humanitarian ideas, values and practices, also seeks to transfer and share valuable knowledge through presentations, debates and dialogues as well as, to showcase new trends in operational support and supply services related to the humanitarian industry.

Envisioned to be a valued contributor to advancing the development of principled and effective international humanitarian and development assistance, the event is being held in partnership with Dubai Tourism, Index Conferences & Exhibitions,UN Development Business, and Emirates Air, among others.

It is also being supported by the United Nations, United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR), Dubai Cares, Emirates Red Crescent, among others.

 DIHAD Conference

 DIHAD conference is attracting numerous high profile speakers representing UN agencies, International organizations, government institutions, NGOs, donor agencies, etc.

Among the numerous featured speakers are, H.R.H., Princess Haya Bint Al Hussein, United Nations Messenger of Peace and Chairperson of International Humanitarian City, H.E., Dr. Hamdan Musallam Al Mazrouei,standing in for,H.H.Shiekh Hamdan bin Zayed Al Nahyan,President of the United Arab Emirates,H.E.,Ibrahim Bumelha,Humanitarian Advisor of H.H.,Shiekh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum.

Others include, MS Alice Laugher, CEO of Committed to Good (CTG), Dubai.,Mr. Claus Sorensen, Member of the Board, Norwegian Refugee Council, and Former Director-General, ECHO – Chair,Ms.Delphine Moralis, Secretary-General of Terre Des Hommes International Federation,Mr.David Kaatrud. Regional Director for Asia and the Pacific, World Food Programme (WFP), Bangkok, among others.

Benefits from Conference

The event offers conference participants the opportunity to establish new ideas and approaches that make them more effective and efficient humanitarian actors, meet top humanitarian leaders, experts and influencers face to face, to mix and mingle, form new relationships, and strengthen existing ones, break out of the office and site in a knowledge space that can spark fresh thinking and new ideas, be in a room with like-minded people and to invest in themselves

.DIHAD Exhibition

The exhibition component of DIHAD promises exhibitors the opportunities to ,Build relations and network with more than 5,300 Attendees representing Senior Aid and Development Representatives, Government Advisors, United Nations Agencies, Red Cross & Red Crescent Societies, Local and International NGO’s, Investors, Donors and the Private Sector,develop Partnerships with like-minded organizations who share the same vision but who do not have the networks necessary to support communities in conflict areas.

More yet,opportunity to pre-book  B2B meetings with 60+ Procurement Officers from leading humanitarian aid relief agencies, reserve DIHAD Presentation slot at the main exhibition hall.  Share your products, best practices, and innovations with DIHAD distinguished attendees and acquire and Share valuable knowledge on delivering efficient and effective humanitarian assistance to conflict and disaster areas.

DIHAD Buyers Programme

DIHAD hosted  Buyers Programme is an exclusive networking program designed to provide the decision makers from leading international organizations, NGOs, governmental bodies, charities, aid workers, foundations with a chance to recognize the new trends in operational support, supply services and products related to the humanitarian industry.

It is also; set to benefit from Our time efficient programme which will offer an opportunity to pre-schedule one to-one meetings with DIHAD exhibitors.

,H.E. Mr. Ibrahim Bumelha,Cultural and Humanitarian Advisor of – His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al MaktoumVice President – Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Humanitarian and Charity Est. Chairman of the Higher Committee – DIHAD Chairman of DISAB says, “On behalf of Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Humanitarian & Charity Est., it gives me the honour to invite you to participate in the 16th edition of the Dubai International Humanitarian Aid & Development Conference & Exhibition – DIHAD 2019 to be held in Dubai from March 12 – 14, 2019.As an active charity foundation in the UAE, we are proud to support DIHAD in all its activities where we can grow and share experiences with the regional and international humanitarian community”,adding,”With a world blighted by suffering and poverty, we wish to further facilitate the work of local and regional humanitarian actors to meet with the ultimate goal of reducing suffering around the world”.

“DIHAD has grown into an event of global importance, bringing together international organizations, governments, think tanks, universities and businesses working in the humanitarian and development field all over the world” says, H.E Mr. António Guterres
United Nations Secretary General.

H.E Dir. Kristalina Georgieva, Chief Executive Officer of the World Bank also had this to say, “We Must Come Together as a Whole Community to face The Challenges Of Today & Tomorrow”

H.E. Amb. Gerhard Putman-Cramer, Director, DIHAD International Scientific Advisory Board – DISAB on his part notes,People on the move, refugees, migrants, internally displaced… People with the few possessions they are able to carry on crowded lorries, buses, boats or, mostly, walking.. People moving away from conflict, war, persecution, drought, poverty and a variety of other situations, hoping for a better life elsewhere”.

DIHAD was launched in 2004 as the Middle-East’s first ever humanitarian aid and development event, thereby creating a regional platform for the vital exchange of ideas and values in these domains.

DIHAD is considered now the region’s sole humanitarian voice, a forum that addresses many issues facing the world today.

UAE  Sets the Pace 

The UAE’s  world’s largest donor of official development aid , relative to its national income status, was acknowledged by the   Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) in a report.

“With a total contribution of Dh19.32 billion of developmental aid in 2017, the report noted, the UAE spent 1.31 per cent of its gross national income on foreign developmental aid — almost twice the global target of 0.7 per cent set by the United Nations.

“The donations made in 2017 represent a 23.72 per cent increase from the year prior, when the country contributed Dh15.57 billion. Almost 43 per cent of the UAE’s aid was distributed across Asia, making up Dh8.28bn; about 28 per cent (Dh5.4bn) was donated in Africa and 23 per cent in Europe (Dh4.44bn).

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Chief Correspondent,,West Africa Region,African Development magazine

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