March 17, 2021

The Dubai International Humanitarian Aid and Development (DIHAD) conference, held annually in Dubai since 2004 under the auspices of the Vice President and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates, and ruler of Dubai, HH Sheikh Muhammad bin Rashid al-Maktoum, is attended by politicians, opinion leaders, aid organizations, associations and international representatives. DIHAD is a platform for the exchange of ideas and creating new  collaborations.

This year the conference was held for the 17th time on March 15-17, 2021 at the Dubai World Trade Center. The theme of this year’s conference was “Aid and Coronavirus, a focus on Africa”. For the first time, following the signing of the Abraham Accords between  Israel and the UAE, Israeli organizations were invited to attend.

This year, Save a Child’s Heart was an exhibitor  providing an opportunity for participants to learn more about our mission. 

Over the course of three days, SACH representatives welcomed visitors to the booth from around the world, from countries including the United Arab Emirates, Afghanistan, Iraq, Sudan, Lebanon, Iran, Syria, the Palestinian Authority, Morocco, Egypt, Pakistan, Tunisia, Mozambique, Guinea, Nigeria, Ethiopia, Sweden, Germany, Poland, Norway and the USA.

photo credit: DIHAD

Pictured above, (R-L) SACH Executive Director Simon Fisher, Executive Chairman DIHAD & DISAB Dr. Abdul Salam Al Madani, Secretary General Parliamentary Assembly of the Mediterranean (PAM) HE Amb. Sergio Piazzi, PAM Roving Ambassador Hon. Majallie Wahabi.

During the conference Save a Child’s Heart received media exposure In Dubai TV News, UAE FORSAN and the Khaleej Times.


The DIHAD conference was a wonderful opportunity to make new friendships and contacts.

Save a Child’s Heart looks forward to continuing to build on the new friendships forged at DIHAD and to continue to build bridges through our work in providing life-saving treatment to children from around the world.