Held under the patronage of
His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum
Vice-President, Prime Minister of United Arab Emirates, Ruler of Dubai

Who we are?

DIHAD was launched in 2004 as the Middle-East’s first ever humanitarian aid and development event, thereby creating a regional platform for the vital exchange of ideas and values in these domains.

Over the years, DIHAD has grown into one of the largest humanitarian and development assistance fora,as it brings together practitioners and decision-makers from leading international organizations, NGOs, governmental bodies, charities, aid workers, foundations, media, academia, and the private sector to join their hands to address the global needs of the people and countries affected by crises, disasters and natural calamities.
DIHAD is considered now the region’s sole humanitarian voice, a forum that addresses many issues facing the world today.

“Connecting UN aid agencies, NGOs, private sectors and governments to build a better future for humanitarian aid and deliver on their promise of a better world.”

The previous editions of DIHAD were graced by the presence of H.R.H Princess Haya Bint Al Hussein, Wife of H.H. Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President & Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates & Ruler of Dubai, H.E. Ms Helle Thorning-Schmidt, CEO of Save the Children International, former Prime Minister of Denmark, H.E. Ms. Helen Clark, then Administrator of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), H.E Mr. Elhadj As Sy, Secretary General of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), H.E. Mr. Pierre Kraehenbuehl, Commissioner-General of the United Nations Relief & Works Agency for Palestine.

Our Vision:

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.

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
  • 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


“We Must Come Together As A Whole Community To face The Challenges Of Today & Tomorrow”

H.E Dr Kristalina Georgieva
Chief Executive Officer of the World Bank

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