Ahmed Al Falasi Receives Arab Hope Award
On February 20, 2020, the Arab Hope Makers Award 2020 was presented in Dubai. This year, UAE philanthropist Ahmed Al Falasi became a laureate. The award ceremony was held at the Coca-Cola Arena in the City Walk Center.
The Arab Hope Makers prize of 1 million UAE dirhams (about 270 thousand US dollars) is awarded annually for merits in the field of humanitarian activities, the award was established in 2017 by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Prime Minister, Vice President of the UAE and ruler Dubai
This year, 92 thousand applications from 38 countries, including from 15 Arab countries, participated in the award. By the number of applications, Egypt was the leader among the countries of the Arab world, Germany was the leader among the Western countries.
Mr. Al Falasi helped to reconstruct the general hospital in Kenya in Mombasa, turning it into one of the most advanced medical institutions in the country.
Thanks to his efforts, a kidney dialysis department was opened in the hospital, through which 8 thousand patients passed, and a newborn department for 570 beds with incubators, designed for 17 thousand babies per month.
Mr. Al Falasi managed to work in China, where he opened a school, a shelter and a family support fund. The main companions of the philanthropist are his wife and daughter.
For the first time since its founding, proceeds from the Arab Hope Makers Prize will go to the construction of the Magdi Yakub International Cardiology Center in Egypt.
It is expected that the center will become one of the largest specialized cardiological care institutions in the region. The hospital will provide free cardiovascular care to patients from Arab countries.
Annually, the center will carry out 12 thousand heart operations, of which 70% will be in children. Polyclinics of the center are designed for more than 80 thousand patients per year; a thousand cardiologists and cardiac surgeons will be trained annually in the walls of hospitals.