Global Gift Gala set to return to Dubai in December

Major charity event set to pair celebrity and philanthrophy and will feature stars like Eva Longoria Baston and Shilpa Shetty Kundra
Global Gift Gala set to return to Dubai in December
Global Gift Gala honorary chair, actress, producer and philanthropist Eva Longoria Bastón.
By Sam Bridge
Thu 08 Nov 2018 02:32 PM

The Global Gift Gala’s glittering pairing of celebrity and philanthropy will return to Dubai for the sixth time on December 13, it has been announced.

The black-tie event, to be held at the Grosvenor House, will feature a gala dinner and auction of "money-can’t-buy" items and experiences.

Funds raised at the Dubai charity event will support essential initiatives by UAE-based global philanthropic organisation, Dubai Cares, and the Global Gift Foundation.

Founder and creator of the Global Gift Foundation and chair of the Global Gift Gala, Maria Bravo, will lead a cavalcade of international stars down the red-carpet alongside honorary chair, actress, producer and philanthropist Eva Longoria Bastón.

Actress Shilpa Shetty Kundra, actor Gary Dourdan, entrepreneur Huda Kattan and pioneer in integrative medicine and author Deepak Chopra will also be there.

Adding to the glamour of the evening will be entertainment by Gary Dourdan and James Arthur, along with R&B duo Lion Babe which features Jillian Harvey, daughter of Vanessa Williams.

Awards honoring their outstanding philanthropic efforts will be presented to UPL executive director Vikram Schroff (Global Gift Philanthropist Award), artist Sacha Jafri (Global Gift Humanitarian Award), entrepreneur Huda Kattan (Global Gift Women Empowerment Award) and general manager of Grosvenor House Dubai and Le Royal Méridien Beach Resort + Spa Pam Wilby (Global Gift Philanthropreneur Award).

Dubai Cares, part of Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Global Initiatives will be partnering with the Global Gift Gala for the sixth year in a row.

Tariq Al Gurg, CEO at Dubai Cares said: “This charity gala continues to be a high-profile, high-impact opportunity for donors and supporters to renew their promise to invest in children and young people’s education. We hope to set an example for the coming generations to take the same footsteps and help in creating opportunities to improve the lives of children and young people by giving them proper knowledge and education.”

Bravo added: “Dubai is such a special and important part of the Global Gift Foundation’s fundraising endeavours. Through partners such as Dubai Cares we can realise our mission of ‘giving back’ and changing the lives of people around the world. We love returning to Dubai each year and meeting the organisations and individuals that help us raise funds for children and families that need our help.”

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