The award is presented every year during the Knowledge Summit to honour a person or institution that has made clear contributions to the efforts to disseminate knowledge. The main objective of the award is to raise awareness around the importance of disseminating knowledge as a tool to ensure the sustainable development of societies.
In late 2015, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, issued Decree No. 36 for 2015, which established the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Knowledge Award.
This Knowledge Award is intended to encourage those working in knowledge-related fields to innovate and create new ways to spread knowledge around the world. The Award – along with its monetary prize of a generous $1 million –succeeded in attracting international attention to the Knowledge Summit, an unprecedented type of event in the region. It reflects Dubai’s – and its Ruler’s– resolve to honour knowledge-related advancements anywhere in the world, all the while encouraging innovation and originality.
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