Sheikh Mohammed with other top dignitaries during a special event held at Shindagha Majlis in Dubai on Thursday. WAM
His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, has announced the annual results of the Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Global Initiatives (MBRGI) for 2021, a year in which 91 million people in 97 countries were helped by its various initiatives, projects, programmes and campaigns.
Over the 12 months, the MBRGI also spent Dhs1.1 billion on various humanitarian relief, development, community, knowledge, cultural, sports and empowerment initiatives.
Despite the challenge of COVID-19, whose impact continued to be felt globally during 2021, the MBRGI was able to increase the number of beneficiaries of its initiatives by 8 million people compared to 2020, and to expand the provision of its programmes, campaigns and relief and community initiatives to an additional 15 countries – confirming its position as the largest regional system for humanitarian relief, development and community work.
Sheikh Mohammed chairs the meeting of the initiatives' Board of Trustees at Shindagha Majlis in Dubai.
The announcement of the results came during a special event held at Shindagha Majlis in Dubai, in which Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum chaired the meeting of the initiative’s Board of Trustees, in the presence of Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid al Maktoum, Vice Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the “Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Global Initiatives;” Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman of Dubai Civil Aviation Authority, Chairman of Dubai Airports and Chairman and Chief Executive of Emirates Airline and Group, Sheikh Mansoor Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Chairman of Dubai Sports Council; Sheikha Latifa Bint Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, member of the Board of Trustees of the “Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Global Initiatives;” Mohammad Abdullah Al Gergawi, Secretary-General of the “Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Global Initiatives;” as well as a number of members of the Board of Trustees and executives of the MBRGI.
Meet the Call of Humanity Everywhere
In a tweet on his official twitter account, Sheikh Mohammed said: “Today, I chaired the board meeting of the Mohammed Bin Rashid Global Initiatives… We reviewed the 2021 annual report... 91 million people in 97 countries benefited from MBRGI’s initiatives... Dhs2.3 billion the total spend during the 2 years of pandemic. Our team was up to the responsibility."
Sheikh Mohammed said: “I am proud of the 145,000 volunteers who contributed with us in the work of the initiatives during the year 2021... I am proud of Noor Dubai which reached 33 million beneficiaries... I am Proud of the Reading Challenge, which reached 22 million students... Proud of Dubai Cares, Suqia UAE, our Humanitarian & Charity Establishment, our awards, our societal, knowledge and humanitarian conferences.”
Sheikh Mohammed noted that the UAE will continue its journey of giving and goodness. His Highness added: “Our humanitarian, relief and community initiatives are continuing. We will continue our work for the sake of people...”
Sheikh Mohammed reviewed the most important stages and achievements of the MBRGI in 2021 through 35 institutions under its umbrella, and His Highness briefed on many new and sustainable programs that have been implemented to improve the lives of individuals and communities around the world.A More Stable Future for Humanity
Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed said: “The Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Global Initiatives has become a comprehensive system to empower individuals and societies, based on Mohammed Bin Rashid’s vision that humanitarian work is an investment in a more stable and prosperous future for humanity.”
Sheikh Hamdan affirmed that “empowering the human being is the basis for the well-being of societies... and this is the message of the Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Global Initiatives, which is reflected in its programmes, projects and strategic partnerships.”
The Dubai Crown Prince added: “The annual achievements of the Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Global Initiatives, with the support of Mohammed Bin Rashid and the efforts of the staff and volunteers, have become a symbol of the UAE's commitment to man and humanity.”
The Institutionalisation of Humanitarian Action
Mohammad Abdullah Al Gergawi, Minister of Cabinet Affairs and Secretary-General of the MBRGI, said: “The success of Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Global Initiatives in reaching more than 91 million people around the world in just one year under the cloud of the COVID-19 pandemic would not have been possible without the vision of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, which focused on the need to institutionalise humanitarian work and launch sustainable initiatives, projects and programmes.”
Al Gergawi stated that “the Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Global Initiatives builds today on its successes over recent years by designing and implementing excellent initiatives, enhancing its capabilities and expertise, continuing innovation in humanitarian relief and development work, and strengthening its pillars, thus enshrining the UAE’s status in this vital sector on the international level.”
Appreciating and Honouring the Donors and the Humanitarian Team
The launch event of the MBRGI 2021 report included a review of the most prominent achievements and also highlighted some of the most inspiring stories of its work around the world.
The event also witnessed a presentation about the “One Billion Meals” initiative, in addition to the unveiling of the “Humanitarian Team” mural, which includes pictures of all institutions affiliated with the Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Global Initiatives. Sheikh Mohammed then signed the mural in a gesture of appreciation for the efforts of the employees and volunteers.
Sheikh Mohammed also honoured the "1 Billion Meals" initiative major donors and partners who are playing an active role in achieving the humanitarian goals of the initiative. The list of major donors included: Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Humanitarian & Charity Establishment, Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (Dewa), Dubai World, Khalaf Al Habtoor, Azizi Developments, Al Rostamani Group, Tiger Group, Emirates Islamic, Abdul Qader Al Sankari, Dubai Duty Free, Mohammad Ibrahim Obeid Allah, Emirates Group, Aldar Properties, Mubadala Investment Company, AW Rostamani Group, Hussain Sajwani – Damac Foundation, ADQ and Dar Al ber Society, Adnoc, and Dubai Islamic Bank.
Also, the list of honored partners included: Etisalat, Du, Abu Dhabi Police, The roads and transport authority (RTA), and Emirates Auction (EA).
The meeting of the Board of Trustees of the MBRGI and the launch event of the Initiative’s business report for the year 2021 were attended by: Reem Bint Ebrahim Al Hashimy, Chairperson of Dubai Cares; Mohammed Al Murr, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the “Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Library Foundation;” Abdulla Al Basti, Secretary General of the Executive Council of the Emirate of Dubai; Mattar Mohammed Al Tayer, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Creative Sports Award; Dawood Al Hajri, Vice Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the UAE Food Bank; Awadh Seghayer Al Ketbi, Chairman of the Board Noor Dubai Foundation; Ibrahim Mohammed Bu Melha , Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors of the “Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Humanitarian and Charity Establishment;” Jamal Bin Huwaireb, Executive Director the “Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Knowledge Foundation.”Enhancing Operational Efficiency
While the Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Global Initiatives witnessed further enhancements in its operational efficiency and utilisation of resources in 2021, it was able to raise the number of beneficiaries of its initiatives to 91 million people in 97 countries, with a total volume of expenditure of Dhs1.1 billion, reaching its largest number of beneficiaries in a single year.
In addition to its 571 employees, the initiative’s various campaigns attracted a record number of volunteers in 2021. In total, 144,936 volunteers, an increase of 23,260 over 2020, supported the implementation of many humanitarian relief, health, knowledge, cultural as well as community projects, programs and campaigns.
To encourage charity, humanitarian, development, relief and community work, the Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Global Initiatives presented in 2021 appreciation and incentive prizes for charity, humanitarian and development work with a total value of Dhs17.7 million.
The MBRGI includes 35 organisations and institutional initiatives that implement hundreds of projects, programs and campaigns, within five main work pillars: Humanitarian Aid and Relief, Healthcare and Disease Control, Spreading Education and Knowledge, Innovation and Entrepreneurship, and Empowering Communities.
Humanitarian Aid and Relief Pillar
Some 22.9 million people benefited from the programs and initiatives of the Humanitarian Aid and Relief pillar during 2021, with the volume of spending on various initiatives, projects and programmes under this pillar amounting to Dhs417 million, an increase of Dhs35 million from the Dhs382 million spent in 2020.
Initiatives that fall under the Humanitarian Aid and Relief pillar include The International Humanitarian City, the UAE Food Bank, the Mohammed Bin Rashid Humanitarian and Charity Establishment, the UAE Water Aid Foundation (Suqia), and the Mohammed bin Rashid Global Centre for Endowment Consultancy.
It also included the “100 Million Meals” campaign, which was launched from the UAE on the eve of Ramadan in 2021 and provided the equivalent of 220 million meals in 47 countries. It succeeded in more than doubling its declared goal through the support of 385,000 donors from 51 nationalities, along with a large number of institutions and companies.
The UAE Food Bank raised the total quantities of food it provided in 2021 to 10,018 tons in support of the needy.
The Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Humanitarian and Charity Establishment succeeded in increasing the number of beneficiaries of its programs and projects to 3.3 million people during 2021. The contribution of the International Humanitarian City to the World Health Organisation’s response to Covid-19 epidemic reached 80 percent, while the relief campaigns organised by the International City, based in Dubai, benefited about 1.1 million people durin