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UAE businesses aim to raise funds for Syrian refugees at UNHCR charity ball

Charity event in association with UNHCR aims to raise money for Syrian refugees

UAE businesses aim to raise funds for Syrian refugees at UNHCR charity ball
Goodwill Ambassador Helena Christensen

Following last year’s inaugural success, the Abu Dhabi Dream Ball returns on January 23, aiming to raise funds for over 74,000 Syrian refugee women and children displaced in Lebanon.

Held under the patronage of His Excellency Sheikh Nahayan Mabarak Al Nahayn, Cabinet Minister and Minister of Tolerance, the event is being staged by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and there are still many opportunities for local businesses to contribute, including through corporate sponsorship opportunities, table sales and event tickets.

The evening will feature a star-studded gala dinner attended by high profile guests, including UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador, Danish model and photographer Helena Christensen and UNHCR High Profile Supporter Swiss-born American actress and singer Kat Graham. Other special guests include UK fashion designer Alice Temperley and CNN Chief International Correspondent Clarissa Ward.

Held at the Emirates Palace, the event is in partnership with ITP Media Group, Etihad Airways and Sawtouna.

“It is Sawtouna’s mandate to maximise the potential of women and children through the support of key charities and foundations both in the region and internationally, and that’s why Abu Dhabi Dream Ball was created. This annual gala aims to make a real difference to the lives of refugee women and children in the Middle East. We are extremely fortunate to work with organisations and individuals who dedicate their time and resources to support us in our mission,” said Nadine Maalouf, founder of Sawtouna and co-chair of the Abu Dhabi Dream Ball Committee.

“This year, we hope to see more children with healthier bodies that will allow them to play, learn, and fulfil their dreams. We’re raising funds that will help safeguard not only the lives of children who are provided with a sustainable healthcare program but also the lives of the overall community; as well as treat and prevent potential health problems during pregnancy that will benefit both mother and child,” she added.

At last year’s inaugural ball, individual and corporate donors raised close to $1 million and the organisers are hoping to exceed this in 2020. All the funds will go towards supporting UNHCR Lebanon, to help boost access to primary healthcare for 74,000 refugees through subsidised consultations and investigations at 10 primary health care facilities in Lebanon.

“Through this gala and the efforts of our title sponsor, Etihad Airways and partners ITP, Sawtouna and Harper’s Bazaar, we hope to raise much-needed funds for healthcare programmes for refugee children and women in Lebanon. The health sector remains one of our most essential areas of intervention in Lebanon, but it is critically underfunded, and the needs of refugees are vast. Therefore, the role of the larger community, including the private sector, media, private philanthropic initiatives and individuals is essential to make an impact. This gala is one example of such a collaboration which we are glad to be a part of,” said Houssam Chahin, Chief of Private Sector Partnerships at UNHCR MENA.

Abu Dhabi Dream Ball 2020 is held in conjunction with our title sponsor, Etihad Airways, partners ITP Media Group, Harper’s Bazaar Arabia, Flash Entertainment, and Evolution Events.

Tables and tickets are priced at AED50,000 for a VVIP table of 10, AED25,000 for a VIP table of 10, and AED2,500 for regular seats. To purchase tables and tickets, please visit: 800 Tickets.

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