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Held under the patronage of H.H. Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President, Prime Minister of United Arab Emirates, Ruler of Dubai.

Who we are?

DIHAD is an annual international Aid & Development conference and exhibition held in Dubai, UAE. DIHAD started in 2004 as the Middle East’s first humanitarian aid and development event. Now in its 15th edition, DIHAD has by far proved to be the ultimate regional event for the exchange of humanitarian ideas, values and practices.

Our Vision

To be a valued contributor to advancing the development of principled and effective international humanitarian and development assistance.

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Our Mission:

  • Transfer and share valuable knowledge through presentations, debates and dialogues
  • Showcase new trends in operational support and supply services related to the humanitarian industry

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Our Supporters:

  • Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Humanitarian and Charity Est
  • United Nations
  • UAE Red Crescent Authority
  • International Humanitarian City
  • Dubai Cares

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The Theme For DIHAD 2018:

The sustainability of emergency aid: The intensifying search for the appropriate strategies, methodologies and resources to meet the global humanitarian challenges in the years ahead.


We hear it more and more often : The current state of affairs, as far as meeting the needs of a rapidly growing number of victims of both disasters and crises, cannot continue !We simply are not able to feed, to provide shelter and to care for the many millions who, on account of conflicts (some seemingly never-ending) and recurring disasters, are constantly added to the already long list of people in need of assistance. In 2015, according to the United Nations, it was estimated that there were some 102 million people in need of humanitarian assistance. Today, two years later, the number totals 142 million, in over 40 countries.. ! Governments bear the primary responsibility for the welfare of their own citizens, we know, but that statement of fact is only as good as the said governments’ ability to concretely meet the needs in question. In cases of massive internal displacement, that ability – for the same reasons as those causing the displacement in the first place – is quickly eroded. When people cross the border, a considerable additional burden is placed on the country hosting what have then become refugees.

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H.E. Amb. Gerhard Putman-Cramer
Director, DIHAD International Scientific Advisory Board – DISAB

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