Live coverage: Arab Hope Makers awards ceremony in Dubai

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We are live at the Coca Cola Arena in Dubai this evening for the third Arab Hope Awards, where five finalists are set to be honoured for their hunitarian efforts by His Highness Sheikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai.

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The public will vote among the five finalists who will be hailed as ultimate winner of the 2020 Arab Hope Maker
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All you need to know about Arab Hope Maker

The stage is set for the announcement of the grand winner of the Arab Hope Maker 2020 today at the Coca-Cola Arena in City Walk Dubai.

Launched in 2017, the Arab Hope Maker is an annual award launched in 2017 by His Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, honouring people for their humanitarian projects.

Shaikh Mohammed will crown the Arab Hope Maker 2020 in a grand variety show that is expected to attract an audience of 12,000 people who will vote for the grand winner after watching the inspiring stories of the five finalists whose humanitarian projects and efforts lead a positive change in their communities.

The third edition of the Arab Hope Makers initiative drew a whopping 92,000 entries from 38 countries, including 15 Arab countries among which Egypt topped the list of participations and 23 Western countries led by Germany in terms of participations.

The candidates passed through several qualifying stages before 20 semi-finalists were selected. Today (February 20) the five finalists will be announced and the audience will hear their inspiring stories before selecting the ultimate winner who will receive Dh1 million cash prize.

In an earlier interview with Gulf News, Hamdah Al Bigishi, project manager at the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Global Initiatives (MBRGI), said: “This year’s Arab Hope Makers finale will be the biggest yet, with a host of Arab celebrities, media figures, social media influencers and leading humanitarians.

“The grand show will feature the big Arab headliners Nawal Al Kuwaitia, Emirati singer Balqees and Palestinian pop singer Mohammed Assaf. The multi-Grammy award-winning singer and songwriter RedOne will bring a unique global touch with an unforgettable performance.”

A number of distinguished Arab celebrities and media personalities including Kuwaiti comedian and actor Tariq Al Ali, Saudi Arabian actor Fayez Al Malki, Syrian actor Qusai Khouli and Egyptian media figures Mona Al Shazli and Amr Adeeb alongside Egyptian actor Ahmed Helmy will also attend the celebrations.

Show for a cause

Also for the first time since its inception, the Arab Hope Makers final show will allocate its proceeds towards supporting the construction of Magdi Yacoub Global Heart Center in Egypt.

Set to become among the region’s biggest specialized facility in cardiac care, the new heart center in Egypt will expand access to a world-class treatment among vulnerable communities through a fully-equipped facility with the latest research and surgical technologies and qualified medical staff.

Named after the renowned Egyptian-British Dr. Magdi Yacoub who performed more than 40,000 open heart surgeries and conducted over 2,000 heart transplants, the specialized facility will provide free-of-charge cardiovascular care to patients across the Arab world.

The center will conduct 12,000 heart surgeries annually, of which 70 per cent will target children. Its clinics will also receive over 80,000 patients annually and train over 1,000 cardiologists and cardiac surgeons.

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