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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 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 2019 to be held in Dubai from March 12 – 14, 2019. 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


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. The fear of uncontrolled and/or illegal immigration has become an important factor in politics, not only in the West but in many other parts of the world as well. This fear has helped the current US President and a few European leaders in their successful elections. It has been an important element in the Brexit vote. It is causing, in a number of locations, the polarization of both political parties and electorates, with views increasingly irreconcilable and, here and there, outcomes endangering acquired notions in terms of assistance, tolerance, protection and human rights. >>>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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