What is a greater gift in life than the ability to give others hope? In a region that has more than its fair share of human struggle, the Arab Hope Makers initiative attempts to celebrate our ability to rise above those struggles and conflicts, to improve the life of those around and ultimately give this region hope for a better future.
The initiative, launched by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, is the largest initiative aimed at encouraging and honouring those who give others hope across the Arab world. To celebrate those who take it upon themselves to improve the lives of other people around them and have a positive impact on their communities.
The Arab Hope Maker is the UAE gift to the region. And hope is the most priceless gift of all
In the words of Sheikh Mohammed, the initiative “is a message of encouragement and gratitude from the UAE to all those who dedicate their lives for the betterment of our Arab World.”
It is an initiative meant to spread hope beyond the borders of the UAE. Since its inception as union in 1971, the UAE has become a symbol of hope and the pursuit of a better future. The UAE story itself is a message to others that nothing is impossible. Those who strive for excellence and happiness can achieve miracles.
The UAE, where more than 200 nationalities coexist, has given hope to millions of people who came here from around the world to build a better life for themselves and their families.
The Arab Hope Maker initiative is building on that to spread this message around the region; to say that even the smallest of deeds can improve life; be it giving away blankets during cold nights to the unfortunate poor on the streets of an Arab city or providing a bus service to needy students in a remote village somewhere in another Arab country.
This year, the third edition of the initiative, is also dedicated to another humanitarian initiative. Money raised during Thursday night’s ceremony will be go to support the Magdi Yacoub Global Heart Foundation in Cairo.
It was selected for its role in bringing hope to thousands of lives in Egypt and across the region. The new specialised facility will provide free-of-charge cardiovascular care to patients across the Arab world.
The Arab Hope Maker is the UAE gift to the region. And hope is the most priceless gift of all.