Press Release

Abu Dhabi Dream Ball Raises Funds for Anera’s Work

November 10, 2022 | Washington, DC – Anera is delighted to announce that proceeds from the highly-anticipated annual Abu Dhabi Dream Ball on November 17 will fund Anera’s work in Palestine, Lebanon and Jordan. The ball was founded by the ITP Media Group and Sawtouna, a group of women in Abu Dhabi committed to promoting volunteerism, developing the potential of women and children and supporting meaningful charitable causes through effective action and philanthropic leadership. They aim to empower their local community and make a difference in the Gulf region through effective action and philanthropic leadership.

“Sawtouna reached out with this generous opportunity and we are thrilled and honored to accept,” said Anera President and CEO Sean Carroll. “There is great synergy between their goals to help vulnerable families, particularly women and young people, in the Middle East, and Anera’s work. Funds coming from the initiative will allow Anera to scale up our work that improves education, livelihoods, and food security.”

This black-tie event will bring together royalty, musical stars, international celebrities, regional and international press and other VIPs at the spectacular W Abu Dhabi Hotel on Yas Island. Speakers include Deepak Chopra, Raya Abirached and Anera President Sean Carroll. And Emeli Sandé will perform.

“It is Sawtouna’s mandate to maximize the potential of women and children by supporting key charities and foundations, both in the region and internationally,” say Nadine Maalouf and Nadia Sehweil, co-founders of Sawtouna and co-chairs of Abu Dhabi Dream Ball Committee. “And that’s why the Abu Dhabi Dream Ball started four years ago. This annual gala makes a real difference to the lives of refugee women and children in the Middle East. The collaborative effort among organizations and individuals really motivates us. We selected this year's Abu Dhabi Dream Ball charity, Anera, for their essential work on the ground in Palestine, Lebanon and Jordan, which ensures refugees live with purpose and hope. We hope that our efforts inspire others to engage in philanthropy within their own communities to make a difference in the lives of women and children.”

This is the fourth ball of its kind. The previous fundraising recipients were UNICEF, UNHCR and the Lebanese Red Cross. The patron for this event is the UAE minister of tolerance, His Excellency Sheikh Nahayan Mobarak Al Nahayan.


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About Anera
Since 1968, Anera has helped refugees and others hurt by conflicts in the Middle East live with dignity and purpose. Anera, which has no political or religious affiliation, works on the ground with partners in the West Bank, Gaza, East Jerusalem, Lebanon, and Jordan. We mobilize resources for immediate humanitarian relief and for sustainable health, education, and economic development efforts. Our staff are from the communities they serve, navigating the politics that constrict progress to get help where it’s needed most. We will keep building better lives until hope finds its way in the Middle East.