Dubai Ruler Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum will announce the Arab world’s first Hope Maker today.
The winner of the initiative will be awarded $272,479 (AED1 million).
Launched in March 1, the initiative, under the umbrella of the Mohammed Bin Rashid Global Initiatives (MBRGI) is part of the Year of Giving, aims to shed light on the inspirational stories of people who provide hope and spread it among communities throughout the Arab world.
It seeks to honour them, highlight their achievements in society and reward their journey, which leads to contributing to social prosperity in a number of fields.
Jury members, who will vote for the winner, will include Noura Bint Mohammed Al Kaabi, UAE Minister of State for Federal National Council Affairs; Ali Jaber, dean of the Mohammad Bin Rashid School of Communications and Group TV Director of MBC, and Ahmad Al Shugairi, a media personality.
When launched, the initiative garnered 65,489 nominations in one month. Volunteer-based initiatives were the most common, it was announced. Twenty-two Arab countries had nominated people in their communities and the highest amount of nominations came from Egypt.
Many of the submitted nominations revealed the stories of individuals who profoundly improved the lives of others in their communities.
The stories also reveal the dire challenges that many people in the Arab world face, as well as the commitment and humanitarian spirit of others who generously give their time and effort to overcome these obstacles and spread optimism and hope.
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