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 16th 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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Message from the Chairman of DIHAD

On behalf of Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Humanitarian & Charity Est., it gives me the honour to invite you to participate in the 16th edition of the Dubai International Humanitarian Aid & Development Conference & Exhibition

DIHAD 2020 to be held in Dubai from 10-12 March 2020. As an active charity foundation in the UAE, we are proud to support DIHAD in all its activities where we can grow and share experiences with the regional and international humanitarian community.

With a world blighted by suffering and poverty, we wish to further facilitate the work of local and regional humanitarian actors to meet with the ultimate goal of reducing suffering around the world.

H.E. Mr. Ibrahim Bumelha
Cultural and Humanitarian Advisor of – His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum
Vice President – Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Humanitarian and Charity
Chairman of the Higher Committee – DIHAD
Chairman of DISAB


Over the last decade, the Dubai International Humanitarian Aid and Development Conference and Exhibition (DIHAD) – the first humanitarian aid and development event in the middle east, has played a key role in promoting the exchange of humanitarian ideas, values and practices.

DIHAD comes at a time when the world of humanitarian aid is consistently challenged by a series of humanitarian crisis and natural disasters. As the world is facing the worst refugee crisis in over half a century with millions of refugees and migrants fleeing many regions and continents, countries around the world are struggling to cope up with the growing crisis.

For its 16th edition, DIHAD is being held under the theme ‘People on the Move’, which is the most difficult challenge facing world leaders today. While there are many challenges and conflicts in the world, the UAE stands out as a beacon of hope, proving itself to be a model for positive change and a world leader in disbursing humanitarian aid. DIHAD aims to draw inspiration from UAE’s core principles of tolerance and cooperation and contribute for the betterment of people in need.>>>Read More

Dr. Abdul Salam Al Madani
Executive Chairman – DIHAD
Chairman, DIHAD International Scientific Advisory Board – DISAB


People on the move, refugees, migrants, internally displaced… People with the few possessions they are able to carry on crowded lorries, buses, boats or, mostly, walking.. People moving away from conflict, war, persecution, drought, poverty and a variety of other situations, hoping for a better life elsewhere. People who have survived a perilous journey at sea and who are unable to disembark in inhospitable harbours; people in transit centres or camps, waiting to hear whether there is another destination; people separated from their loved ones, not knowing their whereabouts and lacking the means to find out; vulnerable people who have often been abused, whose hopes have been dashed and whose dignity, if not taken away, has been seriously dented.

Headlines are filled with stories of people on the move, causing compassion on account of the human tragedies so vividly depicted and recorded. Those headlines have also instilled fear in the hearts of those who see people on the move as potentially treading on their turf, changing their culture, taking their job and making their surroundings unsafe.

Our focus shifts from one crisis or situation to another fairly rapidly, moving from places in central and northern Africa to the Middle East, from the north-western border of Myanmar to the northern border of Mexico, from south Asia to southeastern Europe.. But there are many more people on the move than those our media alternatively highlight. It is often forgotten that most people on the move actually migrate « laterally », south-south, from one developing country to another. There are misconceptions about migrants’ motives as well as about their expectations. There is confusion about their numbers (the difference occasionally not being made between legal migration on the one hand and unsolicited  « illegal » migrants on the other..) and there is apprehension in regard to the burden they are to represent for host communities.>>>Read More

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


Be part of the largest humanitarian event in the Middle East. Meet leaders, professionals and trade partners, explore the 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.


“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 Mr. António Guterres
United Nations Secretary General

“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 Dr. Kristalina Georgieva
Chief Executive Officer, The 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”

Mr. 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”.

H.E. Ms. Helen Clark
Former New Zealand Prime Minister and Former Administrator 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”.

Mr. Saif Ahmad
CEO Al Khair Foundation, UK
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Travel Validity : 05th-17th March 2020