His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, launched the Great Arab Minds initiative, the Arab world’s most significant intellectual movement, on 4th January 2022, and allocated an AED100 million budget to fund it.
The initiative is designed to search for exceptional talents among Arab scientists, thinkers, and innovators across key fields to identify, support, and acknowledge leading thinkers in the region, amplifying their impact on the region.
Over five years, the Great Arab Minds initiative will identify the 1,000 most influential Arab minds across six categories:
- Natural Sciences (Physics, Mathematics, Chemistry)
- Literature and Arts
- Engineering and Technology
- Architecture and Design
The initiative will also collaborate with governments, universities, and research institutions in the Arab world to support, empower, and honor these great minds and invest in them to ensure a brighter future for the region.
Each year, the Great Arab Minds list will be announced at an award ceremony at the Museum of the Future in Dubai to honor those who made it to the list. The Great Arab Minds Award will be granted to one awardee from each of the six award categories. Each winner will receive AED 1 million to fund their research and projects in the Arab World, further amplifying their impact on the region.
Great Arab Minds will also have the opportunity to enroll in the Great Arab Minds Program, which provides them with access to resources that enable them to continue their work in collaboration with prestigious companies and institutions worldwide.
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