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

Our Patron

Who we are?

DIHAD is an annual international conference and exhibition held in Dubai, UAE, established in 2004 as the Middle East’s first ever humanitarian aid and development event, thereby creating a regional platform for the exchange of humanitarian ideas and values and practices.

The Event hosts a variety of tracks like the Exhibition, the Conference and Workshops.

It creates a forum for people of the humanitarian sector to interact, foster partnership, seek donors, share knowledge, gain information on the latest trends, share success stories, learn about new and effective products/ services launched in the market.

“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.”

DIHAD has grown into one of the largest among humanitarian events as it brings together humanitarian actors and key decision makers from leading international organizations, NGOs, Governmental emergency management bodies, foundations ,charities, academia, the private sector and others.


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.
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