Sheikh Mohammed to honour Arab Hope Maker on February 20
Dubai - The show will also see the announcement of the Arab Hope Maker 2020.
The third edition of the Arab Hope Makers initiative will crown the winner on February 20 at a grand show to be headlined by renowned artists, it was announced on Friday.
Under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, the event will honour this year's Arab Hope Maker, who dedicated resources and efforts to serve humanity.
For the first time since its inception, the initiative will adopt an "Arab Humanitarian Cause of the Year", which will continue on an annual basis. This year, the variety show's ticket proceeds will go towards supporting the construction of Magdi Yacoub Global Heart Centre - 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 February 20, we honour the exceptional role models.
"This year, we dedicate the proceeds of the Arab Hope Makers final grand show to support the new Magdi Yacoub Global Aswan Heart Centre in Cairo, 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.
Shared humanitarian values
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 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."
Winning hearts with Arab Humanitarian Cause
Starting this year, the Arab Hope Makers initiative enters a new phase of supporting sustainable humanitarian and social work and creating a wider community involvement. It will adopt a humanitarian cause annually, inviting the public to contribute towards making a difference to a wider range of people. Through the new addition, the Arab Hope Makers initiative aims to highlight and support a humanitarian or charitable project with sustainable long-term goals to maximise impact and expand the scope of beneficiaries.
This year, the initiative will support building Magdi Yacoub Global Heart Centre - Egypt as the "Arab Humanitarian Cause of the Year" through allocating the variety show's proceeds to serve the cause.
The new heart centre will expand access to a world-class treatment among vulnerable communities through a fully-equipped facility with the latest research and surgical technologies and qualified medical cadres. It will provide free-of-charge cardiovascular care to patients across the Arab world.
The centre will conduct 12,000 heart surgeries annually, of which 70 per cent will target children. Its clinics will also receive over 80,000 patients annually and train over 1,000 cardiologists and cardiac surgeons through the Magdi Yacoub Global Heart Foundation.
The centre is named after Dr Magdi Yacoub, a renowned Egyptian-British cardiac surgeon who has performed the highest number of transplant operations in the world.
Big names for the variety show
This year's Arab Hope Makers final ceremony is transformed into a grand variety show to be headlined by acclaimed artists with an expected attendance of 15,000 people including leading media figures, authors and social media influencers.
The show will feature headliners including the multi-Grammy award-winning artist RedOne who will perform alongside Nawal Al Kuwaitia, Emirati singer Balqees and Palestinian pop singer and former Arab Idol winner Mohammed Assaf. A number of distinguished Arab celebrities and media personalities will also attend the celebrations, including Kuwaiti actress Souad Abdullah, Kuwaiti comedian and actor Tariq Al Ali, Syrian actor Qusai Khouli and Egyptian media figures Mona Al Shazli and Amr Adeeb alongside Egyptian actor Ahmed Helmy.
Tickets to the Arab Hope Makers variety show are available on www.ArabHopeMakers.com or www.coca-cola-arena.com.