Saudi Arabia accounts for 23% of applications followed by Egypt, Jordan, Syria and UAE
Dubai: More than 40,000 applications were submitted from different Arab countries for the second round of the Hope Makers initiative, launched three days ago by His Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai.
The number of applications represents a 75 per cent increase from the previous edition of the initiative. The applications were submitted through the initiative’s website, which also attracted more than 500,000 visits.
Saudi Arabia currently has the lion’s share of participation with 23 per cent of the applications. Egypt follows with 17 per cent, Jordan with 8 per cent, Syria with 6 per cent and UAE with 5 per cent.
The initiatives and projects of Hope Makers span different sectors, ranging from projects and programmes in the fields of education, relief, environment, health, medicine, culture and art.
The activities were carried out by individuals, groups, or as part of a framework of non-profit activity within an organisation.
Saeed Al Eter, assistant secretary-general of the Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Global Initiatives, said that the positive response from the Arab street to the initiative reaffirms that Shaikh Mohammad’s message of hope was received and is now bearing fruit, to an extent that embodies Shaikh Mohammad’s vision to consolidate a culture of giving and spreading hope in the Arab world.