In late 2015, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, issued a Decree establishing the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Knowledge Award to encourage those working in knowledge-related fields to innovate and create new ways to spread knowledge around the world. It reflects Dubai’s – and it’s Ruler’s – resolve to honor knowledge-related advancements anywhere in the world. Further, all the while encouraging innovation and originality.
Moreover, In 2016 HH Sheikh Mohammed issued a Decision forming the Award’s Board of Trustees of the under the chairmanship of His Highness. Further, Members of the Board include Jamal bin Huwaireb, Vice Chairman of the Board and Secretary -General, and representatives of United Arab Emirates University, Cairo University, Nanyang Technological University, Oxford University, and National Geographic. Additionally, the Award succeeded in attracting international attention to the Knowledge Summit, an unprecedented type of event in the region.
Opportunity Focus Areas:
- development of educational institutions and scientific research.
- telecommunication technology.
- paper and electronic documentation
- With a monetary prize of a generous $1 million, the award is given to honor contributions of significant influence toward developing knowledge, inspiring others, and also, creating ways to promote knowledge.
- Individuals whether from within or outside the UAE.
- Organizations including academic institutions, government entities, companies, corporations, societies, agencies, and organizations at the local, regional, and international levels.
Any organization or individual may, regardless of gender, nationality, race or religion or other personal factors, nominate a candidate, to win MBRKA, according to the following conditions:
- Appointees must have made outstanding contributions to knowledge.
- Nominations must adhere to the standards and ethics of scientific research, also, integrity and intellectual property.
- A maximum of five nominations can be made by an organization in any year.
- Further, nominations must be submitted in Arabic or English only.
- Nominations that do not meet all the requirements will not be accepted.
- If the winner fails to attend to receive the MBRKA without an acceptable reason, also, the Board of Trustees may, at their own discretion, take the appropriate action in this regard.
- Members of the Board of Trustees, Advisory Committee or Jury may not accept a personal nomination. Also, must step aside from discussions of nominated institutions of which they are members during the term of their service.