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The Dubai Municipality and UN-Habitat present the 2017 Edition of the Dubai International Award for Best Practices to Improve the Living Environment.

The 2017 award is an international contest which seeks to recognise outstanding initiatives that are making significant contributions which:

  1. Have a demonstrable and tangible impact on improving people’s quality of life;
  2. Are the result of effective partnerships between the public, private and civic sectors of society;
  3. Are socially, culturally, economically and environmentally sustainable

In addition, the award reflects the policy and commitment of the Dubai Government and the United Arab Emirates towards the sustainable development of human settlements and the protection of the environment.

Working closely with UN-Habitat, the award represents the importance of strong and coherent partnerships in implementing the New Urban Agenda and SDG 11 and delivering socially, economically and environmentally sustainable cities for all.

The award is open to all sectors: national and regional governments; local authorities and their associations; non-governmental organisations; multilateral agencies; community-based organisations; research and academic institutions; public and private foundations; media entities and individuals.


In total,10 submissions are awarded for their innovative ways of dealing with social, economic, and environmental challenges in a sustainable manner: 2 Best Practices, 2 Best Practices Transfers; 2 Personal awards, and 2 Private sector winners are all given USD thirty thousand (30,000 US Dollars) each. 2 University Research winners receive USD fifteen thousand (15,000 USD) each.

Final deadline for submissions:  31 August 2017

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