Held under the patronage of
His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum
Vice-President, Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates, Ruler of Dubai
Dubai today is the biggest hub for global humanitarian relief, with a unique capability to deliver humanitarian aid. The International Humanitarian City is strategically located at the crossroads of Africa, Europe and Asia and offers seamless infrastructure to provide rapid emergency response to the world’s major crisis areas.
Dubai facilitates global aid and development by providing key humanitarian organisations with facilities, logistics and services specifically designed to meet their needs — all grouped in a dedicated environment known as the International Humanitarian City (IHC). IHC was founded in 2003 by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates and Ruler of Dubai.
Based in Dubai, IHC is the largest humanitarian hub in the world with the most diverse members (81 Total Number of Members, 63 Humanitarian Organisations and 18 Commercial Companies as of January 2019). It plays a pivotal role in facilitating first responses to crises at a global level efficiently. IHC has a strategic location allowing rapid relief to be within reach in all corners of the world.
DIHAD brings together key decision-makers from leading NGOs, UN Agencies, Charity Organisations and governmental bodies, together with aid, education and construction providers from the private sector to address the needs of the people and countries affected by crises, disasters and natural calamities.
The previous editions of DIHAD were graced by the presence of H.E. Mr Antonio Vitorino, Director-General of the International Organization for Migration (IOM), H.E. Mr. Pierre Kraehenbuhl, Commissioner-General, United Nations Relief & Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA); H.E. Ms Helle Thorning-Schmidt, CEO of Save the Children International, and former Prime Minister of Denmark; H.E. Ms. Helen Clark, then Administrator, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP); H.E Mr. Elhadj As Sy, Secretary General, International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC); H.E. Mr. William Lacy Swing, then Director General, International Organization for Migration (IOM); H.E. Ms. Ertharin Cousin, then Executive Director of World Food Programme (WFP); H.E. Mr. Antonio Guterres, then United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees; Baroness Valerie Amos, then United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator; Sir Bob Geldoff, and many others.
Pre-Arranged B2B Meetings
Humanitarian Renowned Speakers
Total Aid Amount
Water & Sanitation
DIHAD’s vision is to contribute to furthering the development of principled and effective international humanitarian and development assistance…
Building on Dubai’s strategic location between ‘East’ and ‘West’, its fast-growing, energetic, and entrepreneurial climate, DIHAD further endeavors to build bridges between various actors and countries from around the globe engaged in addressing needs of those affected by crises, disasters or the adverse effects of under-development.
DIHAD strives to provide a platform where assistance providers can interface with relevant actors from the corporate and governmental sectors with a view to creating meaningful synergies in support of those in need. DIHAD aims to further evolve into a truly global event with a distinct yet appropriately-sized regional character.
- Transfer and share valuable knowledge through presentations, debates and dialogues
- Showcase new trends in operational support and supply services related to the humanitarian industry
- Enhance the U.A.E role as a world hub for local, regional and global humanitarian players.
- Each year DIHAD carries a new theme which underscores the event’s specific focus and direction.
“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
“DIHAD is one of the most important conferences and exhibitions that we cannot miss. DIHAD is an occasion to share good practices, experiences, common challenges with the key players in the field. Working together can create and have more impact in the ground, this event is extremely important and we are very happy that we are committed to this event.”
H.E. Mr. Francesco Rocca
President, International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies