Frequently Asked Questions

About the initiative
What is the Great Arab Minds?

The Great Arab Minds is an initiative launched by H.H. Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, to identify and acknowledge the most brilliant Arab minds for their lifelong achievements and work, in the specified fields.

What is the purpose of the Great Arab Minds?

Recognizing and honoring Arab geniuses for their service of humanity and shedding light on their accomplishments to create a network of well-known professionals, providing limitless cooperation possibilities for these individuals across the Arab world.

Why does the initiative focus on Arab candidates?

The Great Arab Minds is dedicated to Arabs and/or individuals originating from Arabic backgrounds, to spotlight Arab potential. Additionally, such focus seeks to create opportunities and a knowledge hub within the region to collectively counter the fallout of the brain drain seen across the Arab world.

Which Arab nationalities are accepted for nomination for the Great Arab Minds Award?

All nominees originating from the formal and suspended members of the League of Arab States (22 countries), regardless of where they are based.

What type of individual is regarded as a Great Arab Mind?

An individual who contributes to making discoveries and/or further developing technical knowledge that help cause paradigm shifts and/or provide new solutions that serve humanity and advance their field of specialty.

What are the Great Arab Minds Award categories?

The Great Arab Minds Award categories are Natural Sciences, Engineering & Technology, Medicine, Architecture & Design, Economics, and Literature & Arts.

Who selects the Great Arab Minds Award winners?

Final awardees are selected through a specialist evaluation committee and evaluation board. KPMG Lower Gulf Limited along with sector-based specialists were commissioned to oversee the selection stage.

How are the great Arab Minds selected?

After nominations pass the background check, awardees are selected through an evaluation process as per a pre-defined set of evaluation criteria, which will be published on the initiative’s website.

How many people can be identified as Great Arab Minds?

Additionally, every year a list of Great Arab Minds will be published as members across the 6 categories with 6 winners to receive Great Arab Minds Award with a value of AED 1 million.

Will awardee names be published?

Yes, awardee names will be published, and circulated annually across media, universities, research centres and governments in the Arab world.

How will the awardee names be announced?

Awardees will first be announced through a high-profile Award Ceremony that will take place in Dubai, UAE.

What are the benefits of winning the Great Arab Minds Award?

Becoming acknowledged on a worldwide scope and connected to a network of high-profile and accomplished individuals, in addition to receiving support and access to funds/resources to work on research and development projects in the Arab world. Moreover, winners will be qualified to receive scholarships

What are the prizes offered to the Great Arab Minds Award winners?

The Great Arab Minds Award: One awardee per category will receive AED 1 million each to fund their research and development.

What is the Mohammed bin Rashid Award for Great Arab Minds?

The Great Arab Minds Award is an exclusive award presented to one person per category (across six categories) every year for beyond-exceptional contributions to society and their field of work.

What qualifies a candidate to win the Mohammed bin Rashid Award for Great Arab Minds?

The Great Arab Minds Award nominees will be assessed as per the evaluation criteria. However, Great Arab Minds candidates who fall within the “Exceptional” column of the evaluation criteria will be considered for the Award. There will be only one winner per category each year. If more than one candidate is recognized within the same year – they may be shortlisted to receive the award in the following year.

Can groups and organizations be nominated?

In the first edition, only individuals will considered for the Great Arab Minds Award. However, additional programs will be developed in the future to honor institutions and universities.

Can individuals receive the award posthumously?

No, the Great Arab Minds initiative will not include posthumous awards.

Can Great Arab Minds Award results be reconsidered?

No, Great Arab Minds Award results are final and will not be reconsidered.

Who are the sponsors of the Great Arab Minds initiative?

The Great Arab Minds Award is sponsored by H.H Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, and backed by an AED100 million fund.

How often will the Great Arab Minds Awards event take place?

The Great Arab Minds Awards will be held annually.

About nominations
Who is eligible to apply

Any individual from an Arab origin who meets the eligibility criteria or are nominated by a credible establishment and/or individual. Eligibility and credibility criteria can be found on the initiative’s website.

How are candidates nominated?

All nominations must be turned in as application forms submitted by a credible entity or individual.

How do you become a Great Arab Minds award candidate?

By being nominated by a credible establishment or individual, provided they submit an application form that passes the eligibility assessment phase.

Will nominee names be published?

Information about the nominations may not be disclosed, publicly or privately, by any member involved in the initiative.

Is being nominated considered an endorsement by the Great Arab Minds?

No, being nominated will not be considered an endorsement by the Great Arab Minds.

Copyright Info
Can I use the Great Arab Minds images?

Any images owned to the Great Arab Minds may only be used after obtaining permission from the Great Arab Minds Committee.

Can I use the Great Arab Minds logo in public content?

The Great Arab Minds logo may only be used after obtaining permission from the Great Arab Minds Committee.

Can I use photos from the Great Arab Minds ceremonies?

Using any media content owned by the Great Arab Minds requires obtaining permission from the Great Arab Minds Committee before being used.

How can I request permission to use content pertaining to the Great Arab Minds?

You will need to contact the General Secretariat of the Great Arab Minds Committee. For more information, please refer to contact information on the initiative’s website www.greatarabminds.ae.

Can I use the materials published in Great Arab Minds press releases?

The materials in Great Arab Minds press releases may only be used if the copyright notice is applied, and the Great Arab Minds is referenced using the initiative’s official website address.

Can I use official portraits of the Great Arab Minds awardees?

The official portraits of the Great Arab Minds awardees may only be used after obtaining permission from the Great Arab Minds Committee.

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