Donor base: United Arab Emirates
Application procedure: Online Application
Eligible applicants: Non-Profit Organisation, Social Business
Annual number of calls: Up to 10

Financial details

Donor size: Large - more than $5,000,000
Funding instruments: Grants, Prize
Annual funding volume: Up to $20,000,000
Funding ratio: up to 100%


  • Agriculture & Rural Development
  • Economic Development
  • Education
  • Environment & Natural Resources
  • Humanitarian Aid
  • Other
  • Research, Technology & Innovation
  • Social Inclusion
  • Water & Sanitation
  • Women & Gender

Project Locations

  1. Africa

      Algeria, Angola, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Djibouti, Egypt, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Eswatini, Ethiopia, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mauritius, Morocco, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Republic of the Congo, Rwanda, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Africa, South Sudan, Sudan, Tanzania, Togo, Tunisia, Uganda, Western Sahara, Zambia, Zimbabwe

  2. America

      Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, French Guiana, Grenada, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, Uruguay, Venezuela

  3. Asia

      Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Brunei, Cambodia, China, East Timor, India, Indonesia, Iraq, Israel, Japan, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Korea, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Lebanon, Malaysia, Maldives, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal, North Korea, Oman, Philippines, Qatar, Russian Federation, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Syria, Taiwan, Tajikistan, Thailand, Turkey, Turkmenistan, United Arab Emirates, Uzbekistan, Vietnam, West Bank and Gaza, Yemen


1) About

The Dubai Award was established in 1995 under the directive of late Sheikh Maktoum Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, following the United Nations International Conference in Dubai. The Award reflects the policy and commitment of Dubai Government and the United Arab Emirates towards sustainable development of human settlements and protection of the environment on the basis of mutual international cooperation. There are annual Award cycles and there are various Award categories (i.e. Best Practices Award, Best Practices Transfer Award, University Research Award, Private Sector Award, and Personal Award) and prize money ranges from $15,000 to $30,000. The programmatic focus areas for the Award are: (1) sustainable shelter and community development; (2) sustainable urban and regional development; (3) and sustainable settlement management.

2) Thematic Interest

  • Community development (incl. housing, safe water and sanitation)
  • Access to land, secure tenure and finance
  • Job creation and urban sustainable development
  • Improved disaster preparedness and mitigation

3) Focus Countries

Organisations and companies from across the globe are eligible for applying.

4) Application Procedure

The submission guidelines that specify the different Award categories and submission criteria can be downloaded from their website. The application process is entirely online and no email submissions or hard copies are accepted. All submissions shall be made in English. All submissions received will be acknowledged and assigned a reference number. The final funding decision is taken in March every year, when the Award jury meets.

5) Contact

Dubai Municipality
P. O. Box 67
United Arab Emirates

T: +971 4 2064450/2215555
F: +971 4 2246666/7033690
E: dubaiaward(a)dm.gov.ae

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