Dubai Airports and Dubai Cares recently announced a record result from the first year of their three-year partnership raising AED 1,505,329 in support of Dubai Cares’ Education in Emergencies programmes which offer support to children affected by conflict and natural disasters in countries like Lebanon, Iraq and Nepal, thus enabling them catch up with their education.
“Last year we vowed to double our annual contribution from 640,000 AED to 1.3 million AED and are thrilled to have surpassed that goal,” said Paul Griffiths, CEO of Dubai Airports. “We’re grateful to our customers for their generous donations and to Dubai Cares for their tireless efforts to direct these funds towards supporting thousands of children and young people who currently don’t have access to quality education.”
Dubai Airports has been supporting Dubai Cares since 2010. Last year, the two organisations signed a three-year agreement which provides Dubai Cares with the exclusive ability to collect funds in the public areas* of both Dubai International (DXB) and Dubai World Central (DWC).
DXB offers services on some 90 airlines to 240 destinations in more than 90 countries and expects to welcome as many as 90 million passengers in 2018. Dubai Cares operates in about 25% of the countries that are connected by DXB.
As part of its efforts to support the community Dubai Airports has developed a CSR programme that focuses on community, ethical practices and sustainability through partnerships with local and international entities and through special initiatives.
Aside from its partnership with Dubai Cares, Dubai Airports is also a supporter of Orbis, an NGO whose flying eye hospital works to restore the sight of children suffering from cataracts worldwide. Dubai Airports and its partners raised US$342,600 for Orbis through a campaign titled Your Sight, Our Happiness in 2016.
More recently, Dubai Airports has partnered with Mawaheb From Beautiful People, a local art studio for the determined ones, to showcase their art across DXB and bring them recognition while also raising awareness about the importance of providing opportunities to help the determined ones live fuller, more inclusive lives.