What is Dubai International Award for Best Practices?


The Dubai International Award for Best Practices reflects the policy and commitment of Dubai Government and the United Arab Emirates towards sustainable development of the human settlements and protection of the environment on the basis of mutual international cooperation.

Is there any dress code for the Dubai International Award Ceremony?


The dress code for the award ceremony is business formal or national dress.

Who can participate?


The Award is open to:

  1. Government Organizations or Agencies; including Bilateral Aid Agencies
  2. National Habitat Committees or Focal Points;
  3. Multilateral Agencies (United Nations Agencies, World Bank, etc.)
  4. Cities, Local Authorities or their Associations;
  5. Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs);
  6. Community-Based Organizations (CBOs);
  7. Private Sector;
  8. Research and Academic Institutions;
  9. Media;
  10. Public or Private Foundations;
  11. Individuals are Eligible for the Dubai International Award provided that they are submitting a specific initiative or project that meets the Best Practice criteria.

Who are the judging panel?


1. All submissions complying with the reporting format and meeting the basic Best Practices criteria shall be forwarded to an independent, Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) for review.

2. The TAC shall review all submissions and prepare a comprehensive report including:

  • Description of the selection process;
  • List of approximately 100 Best Practices;
  • Short list of up to 48 submissions to be forwarded to the Best Practices Jury for final selection of the Award recipients. 

3. The Best Practices Jury shall review the short listed Best Practices to select those initiatives  deserving of the Dubai International Award. The Jury may recommend less than twelve or none for the Award depending on the quality of the submissions.

For individual nominations and private sector projects, additional validation and/ or ground verification may be carried out as deemed necessary by the award secretariat.

What is the purpose of this award?


To recognise and enhance awareness of outstanding and sustainable achievements in improving the living environment as per the basic criteria established by the Dubai Declaration and the Second United Nations Conference on Human Settlements (Habitat II).

How many categories can I apply for?


You can apply for more than one category and as long as the project is implemented and running for more than two years.

Can I provide supporting documents & use images/pictures in my submission?


You may wish to provide us with supporting materials of your initiative including: Professional photographs, videos cassettes, CD-Rom, video CD, DVD and printing material depicting the situation before, during and after the initiative was implemented. You can upload your photographs or attachments along with your submission through the website of the award and it is preferable if it is in PDF, MS Word or JPG format and the pictures should be not less than 300 DPI. As for the DVDs or film materials, you are kindly requested to send it independently to our postal address.

How much does it cost to enter the awards program?


This award is free of cost.

When will the winners be presented with their awards?


The date will be announced for the Award Ceremony.

Who can I contact for more information?


For more information you can mail at dubaiaward@dm.gov.ae or call +9714 ­ 2064450 / 2063303, Fax at +9714 ­ 7033690