Record attendance at Dubai humanitarian aid conference – And we were there!

The 19th edition of DIHAD (Dubai International Humanitarian Aid & Development), the international conference and exhibition on humanitarian aid and development, took place from 13 to 15 March in Dubai.

The DIHAD platform connects humanitarian service providers, NGOs, UN agencies, charities and private and governmental actors to create synergies and help those who need it most.  

The combination of climate change, natural disasters and conflict in 2022 has resulted in a massive and persistent energy shortage. The Dihad’s theme for this year’s event was “Energy and Aid: Capitalising on Available Resources”. 

The SeaCleaners spoke at a session dedicated to this theme: “Caring for the Planet: The Role of New Technologies“. Chaired by the Director of Adaptation to Climate Change of the UNFCCC, Dr. Youssef Nassef, this session was first of all anchored in a human reality. The tragic reality of children impacted by the tragedies caused by man or the fury of nature, “they are our leaders of tomorrow, they are the ones who will take care of the planet”, declared Barbara Hintermann, Director General of the NGO Terre des Hommes.

After a tour of sustainable cities developed around the world by Karim El-Jisr, Director of Sustainable Development at Diamond Developers, the focus was on the ocean. The SeaCleaners’ Manta and Mobula 8 were highlighted as current and future actors in repairing and improving the health of our marine ecosystems. 

Nearly 830 local and international humanitarian NGOs were present this year, a year that saw a record attendance of over 12,000 visitors from 110 countries.