More than 83 million people in 82 countries benefited from Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Global Initiatives’ (MBRGI) humanitarian and social projects in 2020.
The figures were revealed in the foundation’s annual report.
Amid the outbreak of COVID-19 in early 2020, MBRGI carried out AED 1.2 billion worth of humanitarian, social and developmental projects to aid the vulnerable and empower disadvantaged communities.
His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, announced the Year in Review 2020 in a special event, held at The Union House in Dubai, to highlight the far-reaching influence of MBRGI’s initiatives and activities during 2020.
"The global COVID-19 pandemic demonstrated that strategic and sustainable humanitarian work is the best way to serve people in times of crisis," said His Highness.
"Besides its influential economic and political role, the UAE is also a humanitarian entity and a beacon of hope in the region," he added.
Praising the team’s efforts, Sheikh Mohammed said, "Over 121,000 volunteers and personnel showed competence, courage and determination in the face of the pandemic."
He stressed that "we will continue creating hope across the world, regardless of any circumstances. We will heed the call of humanity wherever it takes us."
During the event, Sheikh Mohammed reviewed the key achievements of MBRGI’s 35 entities in 2020, in addition to the latest campaigns that were launched in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
.@HHShkMohd: Our faith in humanitarian work grows stronger every year. We carry out more projects, attract more partners and serve more people. From the Union House that witnessed the UAE’s formation, we say: the UAE will remain a beacon of hope for the entire region. pic.twitter.com/g7XUB5BE8G— Dubai Media Office (@DXBMediaOffice) May 3, 2021