Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Knowledge Award 2019 Now Open for Nominations


The Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Knowledge Award is to encourage those working in knowledge-related fields to innovate and create new ways to spread knowledge around the world.

Held under the patronage of MBRF Chairman His Highness Sheikh Ahmed Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the competition enters its second round of qualifications on June 26, with the winners set to be announced during MBRF’s Knowledge Summit in December, which this year bears the theme “Youth and the Future of the Knowledge Economy”. The award honours knowledge pioneers – individuals or institutions – from all around the world, who have made significant and impactful contributions towards producing and disseminating knowledge across various sectors.

Award’s categories: 
– development
– innovation
– entrepreneurship
– creativity
– development of academic institutions
– scientific research
– printing, publishing, and documentation
– information technology


“Over the years, the Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Knowledge Award has gained prominence for bearing the name of a great and inspiring leader, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE, Ruler of Dubai,” said MBRF’s CEO and the award’s Secretary General His Excellency Jamal bin Huwaireb. “H.H. has long advocated for promoting creativity and innovation in our society to build a robust knowledge economy that can create and spread knowledge to the world.”

“Each year, the award attracts more and more applicants from all around the world,” H.E. noted. “This is evidence that knowledge is not bound by country, and innovation does not recognise borders. The bulk of submissions for this year’s edition of the award came from outside the UAE, and individual candidates outnumbered institutions. This makes us all the more certain that there is no shortage of brilliant innovators in the world – creative thinkers that merit praise and recognition.

The Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Knowledge Foundation called on individuals and institutions around the world to benefit from the few remaining days and submit their applications on the award’s official website: The Foundation revealed that the number of candidatures already submitted has reached 230, coming from Egypt, Algeria, Syria, Jordan, the UAE, Italy, India, Iraq, Libya, Switzerland, Oman, Romania, Russia, Canada, Tunisia, Bahrain, the Philippines, the UK, Lebanon, Japan, Yemen and Sudan. Submissions spanned various categories, including development, innovation, entrepreneurship, education, scientific research, and communication technology.


H.E. Jamal bin Huwaireb, CEO of MBRF and Secretary-General of the Award, asserted: “Over the course of five years, the Award succeeded in highlighting the role of knowledge in improving the lives of individuals, organisations, and communities, empowering them to play an effective role in development, and thus embodying the vision of our wise leadership. The Award has also consistently underlined those remarkable knowledge achievements that significantly contributed to the production and dissemination of knowledge worldwide. Now in its sixth edition, the Award looks forward to even greater turnout from knowledge pioneers who’ve made their mark in their communities and dedicated efforts to serving humankind.”

The MBRKA Board of Trustees and judging panel include H.E. Jamal bin Huwaireb as Secretary-General, as well as representatives from United Arab Emirates University, University of Cairo, Singapore’s Nanyang Technological University, University of Oxford, and National Geographic.

The Award succeeded in attracting international attention to the Knowledge Summit, an unprecedented type of event in the region. The award is presented every year during the Knowledge Summit to honour a person or institution that has made outstanding contributions to the production and dissemination of knowledge.

With a monetary prize of a generous $1 million, the award is given to honour contributions of significant influence toward developing knowledge, inspiring others, and creating ways to promote knowledge.

Application Deadline: June 30, 2019

Source: Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Knowledge Foundation

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