Following the success of the inaugural Abu Dhabi Dream Ball, the key annual event of the UAE capital’s social calendar returns for a star-studded benefit gala dinner at Emirates Palace on January 23, 2020. Held under the patronage of H.E. Sheikh Nahayan Mabarak Al Nahayan, Cabinet Member and Minister of Tolerance, Abu Dhabi-based collective Sawtouna will be hosting this year’s event in benefit of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Lebanon with the aim of raising funds to increase access to primary health care for the 74,000 Syrian refugees in Lebanon.
“It is Sawtouna’s mandate to maximise the potential of women and children through the support of key charities and foundations both in the region and internationally, and that’s why Abu Dhabi Dream Ball was created. This annual gala aims to make a real difference to the lives of refugee women and children in the Middle East. We are extremely fortunate to work with organisations and individuals who dedicate their time and resources to support us in our mission,” says Nadine Maalouf, Founder of Sawtouna and Co-Chair of the Abu Dhabi Dream Ball Committee.
The event will serve to raise funds for Syrian refugees in Lebanon
The inaugural event, which was held in 2019, served to raised close to $1 million for UNICEF who channelled the funds towards offering enhanced education services to over 5,000 Syrian refuges children in Syria so that they could achieve their hopes and dreams. This year’s ball, held in conjunction with title sponsor Etihad Airways, will welcome UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador and supermodel Helena Christensen alongside UNHCR High Profile Supporter and actress Kat Graham. British fashion designer Alice Temperley and CNN Chief International Correspondent Clarissa Ward are expected to be in attendance as part of the event’s high-profile guestlist.
“Through this gala and the efforts of our title sponsor, Etihad Airways and partners ITP, Sawtouna and Harper’s Bazaar, we hope to raise much-needed funds for healthcare programmes for refugee children and women in Lebanon. The health sector remains one of our most essential areas of intervention in Lebanon, but it is critically underfunded, and the needs of refugees are vast. Therefore, the role of the larger community, including the private sector, media, private philanthropic initiatives and individuals is essential to make an impact. This gala is one example of such a collaboration which we are glad to be a part of,” said Houssam Chahin, Chief of Private Sector Partnerships at UNHCR MENA.
UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador Helena Christensen and UNHCR High Profile Supporter Kat Graham will be at the gala
The event will allow guests to contribute to the cause through the purchase of tables and tickets as well as through an exclusive live auction supported by Christie’s.
To purchase tables and tickets, please visit: 800 Tickets.
Images courtesy of UNHCR MENA.