The DIABP was established under the directives of late Sheikh Maktoum Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, during the United Nations International Conference that convened in Dubai between 19 – 22 November, 1995 with 914 participants from 95 countries, to recognize the best practices with positive impact on improving the living environment. H.H. Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the U.A.E. and the Ruler of Dubai and H.H. Sheikh Hamdan Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai, Minister of Finance and Industry and Chairman of Dubai Municipality has continued to support this Award.
The Award 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.
An independent jury of five international experts met in Dubai on 12 – 13 November, 2008 to select the 12 winners for the seventh cycle of the Dubai International Award for Best Practices to Improve the Living Environment (DIABP).
The selection was made from a list of 48 initiatives, which had been short-listed out of nearly 500 submissions by the Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) which met in Dubai last month. The winners were all deemed to have made outstanding contributions to improving the quality of life in cities and communities.
The International Jury comprised of Ms. Banashree Banerjee, Urban Management Consultant from India, Dr. Beacon Mbiba, Rural and Urban Planner from Zimbabwe, Dr. Paolo Saldiva, Professor at the University of Sao Paolo, Brazil, Eng. Abdulla Mohammed Rafia, Assistant Director-General of Dubai Municipality for Environment and Public Health Services, and Dr. Roberto Ottolenghi, Urban Development and Management Consultant from Italy.
The Palestinian Housing Council (PHC) as a winner of best practice transfer was one of the 12 winners were announced during a Press Conference held on 13th November, 2008 and attended by H.E. Eng. Hussain Nasser Lootah, Chairman of the DIABP Board of Trustees and the Acting Director General of Dubai Municipality, Mrs. Wandia Seaforth, UN-HABITAT Best Practices Programme and Mrs. Banashree Banerjee, Chair of the International Jury.