Dubai: A total of 15 finalists will compete for the title of the Arab Hope Maker 2018 during the grand finale set to be on Monday evening in Dubai.
The winner will receive the grand prize of Dh1 million to continue their charitable efforts that inspire hope.
The second edition of the largest initiative of its kind in the Arab world has recorded more than 87,000 participants.
The event is set to take place in the presence of His Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, at the Sound Stage Hall in Dubai Studio City.
The initiative was launched by Shaikh Mohammad to recognise and reward hope makers in the Arab world who are dedicated to serving others and improving people’s lives.
Twenty-two Arab countries nominated people in their communities, with the highest number coming Saudi Arabia, followed by Egypt in second place, and Algeria and Morocco in the third and fourth place. The UAE ranked fifth with more than 8 per cent of the nominations.
Mohammad Bin Abdullah Al Gergawi, Minister of Cabinet Affairs and the Future, and Secretary-General of the Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Global Initiatives, said: “Only hope and positive action can renew Arab civilisation to build generations that cherish its identity and traditions. The vision of Shaikh Mohammad seeks to harness all opportunities to open doors for hope in the Arab world.”
He noted that through the Arab Hope Makers initiative, Shaikh Mohammad aims to transform the Arab individual from a person who is waiting to get lucky to succeed in life to a person with purpose, in charge of his own destiny, and who inspires those around him to take the initiative and contribute to society.
“Our Arab world is full of heroes who have devoted their lives to giving.
Their innovative ideas and selfless deeds bring great benefits to their communities. The Arab Hope Makers initiative testifies that goodness is inherent in the Arab world, that altruism and generosity are deep-rooted in its women and men, and that inspirational acts have the power to fight negativity and ignorance,” he said.
More than 17,000 people had registered online to attend the awards ceremony to honour this year’s hope makers and announce the ultimate winner of the 2018 edition.
The event will be attended by a number of cultural, media and humanitarian figures from across the Arab world.
A group of artists will participate at the event, in the presence of a large audience from inside and outside the country.
Sing and Celebrate Hope
During the awards ceremony, Emirati recording artist Hussain Al Jasmi will sing a song, specially written for the occasion, that honours the champions of humanitarian and community action.
Other renowned Arab artists including Palestinian pop star Mohammad Assaf, Iraqi singer and songwriter Hatem Al Iraqi, Ahmad Jamal and Yemeni singer Fouad Abdul Wahed will also participate in the finale that celebrates life and hope in the Arab world.
The gala evening will be broadcast live on television and on social media.