Frequently asked questions

Established in 1995—under the directive of the late Sheikh Maktoum Bin Rashid Al Maktoum during the United Nations International Conference in Dubai—as an outcome of the Dubai Declaration. This declaration created the international concept of sharing Best Practices for the accelerated development of the human settlements sector.

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

  • National and local governments
  • Non-governmental organizations
  • Corporate and Private sector companies
  • Academic institutions
  • Media entities
  • Individuals (Researchers, professional teams, etc.)

The Dubai International Award aims to recognize excellence and support human settlements best practices and to create a global and unique knowledge sharing platform for best practices in human settlements.

The applicant can apply for more than one category. However, One project cannot be used in more than one category.

The applicant is expected to have a main attachment file that includes links to videos, pictures, and other related documents for the project.

This award is free of cost.

To be awarded at Expo 2020 Dubai, during the World Government Summit (23rd to 25th of November)

For more Information, please send an email to or call +9714 ­ 2064450 / 2063303, Fax at +9714 ­ 7033690

Recognizing excellence

Call for applications is officially closed for the 12th cycle. We thank all applicants who completed their submissions.