Dubai: To date, Noor Dubai has restored the vision of more than 5.8 million people in Pakistan, Sudan, Yemen, Chad, Niger, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Ethiopia, Mali, Uganda, Palestine, Iraq, Jordan, Oman, Bahrain and the UAE.
This non-governmental, non-profit organisation has performed cataract surgeries for more than 10,000 individuals, and provided medication and corrective eyewear to more than 90,000 people through its eye camps.
Noor Dubai has funded, in 2008 and 2009, the fight against river blindness and other causes of preventable vision loss in Africa, and has so far reached out to more than five million individuals in Ethiopia, Mali, Cameroon and Uganda.
His Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, founded the Noor Dubai initiative in September 2008 with the aim of healing more than one million men, women and children around the world in one year.
In October 2010, Shaikh Mohammad issued a decree to establish the Noor Dubai Foundation, turning the initiative into an independent foundation to continue the noble cause and the fight against avoidable and treatable forms of blindness.