Nawal Al Soufi from Morocco was named the Arab 'Hope Maker' but Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of UAE and Ruler of Dubai, announced that the grand prize of Dh1 million would be given to each of the five finalists who reached the grand ceremony of an initiative that was launched weeks ago.
Al Soufi, who helped save the lives of more than 200,000 refugees, won the final prize after an audience vote and points given by judges during on Thursday.
However, Dubai ruler decided at the end of the ceremony to honor all finalists for their volunteering which made difference in the Arab world.
65,000 people have submitted their candidacy in one month and twenty-two Arab countries nominated personalities, with the highest number coming from Egypt (22.3 per cent), followed by Saudi Arabia (17 per cent).
Previously, Dubai’s ruler, Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, announced through his official twitter account that a new government job has been created and it comes with a benefits package worth 1 million dirhams ($272,300).
According to the then published job description, the applicant should have the skills of serving people and undertaken at least one initiative in volunteer, charity or humanitarian work that aims to make people happy.
The candidate should be, also, well-reputed, with good moral conduct and standing in society, and be a positive and firm believer in the potential of people of the Arab world.
The position was open for all the citizens in the Arab world between the ages of 5 and 95 years old.