Our Patron

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


Come be a part of the pioneering event and see how this mobilizes positive change in troubled lives. Meet leaders, professionals and trade partners, explore latest trends, products and services, take part in insightful, educational conferences and workshops and grow your network of business associates.


Join the list of world-class businesses in the sector showcasing their newest products, services and innovations in front of eminent global leaders, prestigious delegates and fellow industry experts. Take the chance to make sustainable impact on the crises-ridden lives of people in need.


Join the discussion on improving humanitarian assistance, finding scarce resources with innovation, creating and preserving moral and ethical considerations with some of the leading think tanks of the world and become a more informed about latest trends and developments.

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“DIHAD has grown into an event of global importance, bringing together international organizations, governments, think tanks, universities and businesses working in the humanitarian and development field all over the world.”

H.E António Guterres
Then United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees

“My team has participated in DIHAD before and I must say I am impressed. It is very important to participate here, as we must come together as a whole community to face the challenges of today and tomorrow”

HE Ms. Kristalina Georgieva
CEO World Bank
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“We have been in business for 40 years and over the years have conducted a lot of business with several UN Agencies. This years participation has been beneficial with a lot of good customer meetings and getting an insight into the markets. An important part of our strategy is to conduct these meetings, interact with customers and DIHAD is a great platform for it all, we plan to be at DIHAD next year”

Bart Van Ouytsel
VP Business Development W. Giertsen Energy Solutions AS, Norway

“ I think that the UAE can be our key gate to do more humanitarian work in the Middle East “

H.E. Dr. Joana Wronecka
Undersecretary of State from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Poland

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“This conference could not be more timely. We live in extraordinary times with huge numbers of people affected by conflicts and disasters. Humanitarian crises are more complex and last longer than ever before”.

Helen Clark
Former Prime Minister , Former Administrator of the United Nations Development Programme
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“DIHAD is an international forum and its an opportunity to understand various players in the ground providing humanitarian services around the world, We have had the honor to be a platinum sponsor over the years”.

Saif Ahmad
CEO Al Khair Foundation, UK
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