Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum with winners of the Arab Hope Maker. File / WAM
For the first time since its inception, the initiative will adopt an "Arab Humanitarian Cause of the Year" on an annual basis. This year, the variety show’s ticket proceeds will go towards supporting the construction of the new Magdi Yacoub Global Heart Center - Egypt.
Sheikh Mohammed tweeted, "Arab Hope Makers initiative attracted 92,000 humanitarian projects from 38 countries worldwide in its third round. In the UAE, we have unwavering hope and optimism in our ability to make a positive difference in our societies. On Feb.20, we honour the exceptional role models."
He added, "This year, we dedicate the proceeds of the Arab Hope Makers final grand show to support the new Magdi Yacoub Global Heart Center in Egypt, a noble humanitarian cause that aims to provide free cardiac care to vulnerable communities."
"Our goal this year is to give hope to thousands of hearts in need for care."
Scheduled to take place in Coca Cola Arena at City Walk with an expected attendance of 12,000 people, the show will see the announcement of the Arab Hope Maker 2020 from 92,000 participants who took part in the largest humanitarian initiative of its kind in the Arab world to honor philanthropic efforts that contribute to creating a better future for humanity.
Mohammad Abdulla Al Gergawi, Secretary-General of the Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Global Initiatives, said, "Since its inception three years ago, the Arab Hope Makers initiative has prompted various segments of Arab societies, particularly the youth, to actively take part in addressing major challenges in their societies through humanitarian projects and initiatives that make a positive difference in people’s lives."
He added, "The initiative implements the vision of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum to involve people in spreading hope and serving humanity."
Al Gergawi noted, "The initiative’s message is that real change starts with an individual effort. Arab youth bear the responsibility of fighting despair and effectively contributing to building their societies and shaping the future they strive for."
Al Gergawi stressed that this year’s Arab Hope Makers initiative enters a new phase of empowering and supporting large-scale humanitarian work. He noted, "This year, the initiative will adopt an Arab humanitarian cause with aims to involve every Arab citizen in contributing to society. The Arab nation is united by shared humanitarian values and driving our prosperity and progress requires the contribution of each one of us."
He concluded, "We are taking the UAE’s message of hope to the region and the world in a different light."
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