UNHCR grants the title of Humanitarian Champion to H.E. Juma Al Majid


H. E. Juma Al Majid, Chairman of Juma Al Majid Group receives the title and award ‘UNHCR Humanitarian Champion’ from H.E. Amin Awad, Director of UNHCR’s Bureau for Middle East and North Africa (MENA) and Refugee Coordinator for Syria and Iraq. Also seen is H.E. Dr. Abdullah Al Matouq, Advisor to the Emir of Kuwait, Chairman to the International Islamic Charitable Organizations (IICO) and UN Secretary General’s Humanitarian envoy.

At a momentous event at Jood Palace Hotel, Dubai, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), has awarded the title of ‘UNHCR Humanitarian Champion’,  to H.E. Juma Al Majid, Chairman of Juma Al Majid Group, in recognition of his humanitarian efforts and charitable activities over six decades.

On behalf of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, H.E. Filippo Grandi, Director of UNHCR’s Bureau for the Middle East and North Africa ( MENA) and Refugee Coordinator for the Syria and Iraq situations, H.E. Amin Awad, granted the title to H.E. Juma Al Majid, at a ceremony in the Group’s Jood Palace Hotel Dubai, in the presence of H.E Dr. Abdullah Al- Matouq, Advisor to the Emir of Kuwait, Chairman of the International Islamic Charitable Organizations ( IICO) and UN Secretary General’s Humanitarian envoy.

The moment was witnessed by H.E. Khalid Juma Al Majid, Vice Chairman of Juma Al Majid Group, esteemed guests and select high profile media personnel.

Commenting on the importance of His Excellency’s philanthropic work, H.E. Amin Awad stated, “We appreciate Mr. Juma Al Majid’s ongoing efforts in support of UNHCR’s humanitarian activities in the Middle East and North Africa”.

Acknowledging the honour H.E. Juma Al Majid said, ‘The world is going through a major political crisis that has affected millions of people and displaced them from their homelands where the number of refugees is unprecedented, and we should unify efforts to provide humanitarian aid to the needy.

‘We in UAE learnt this heritage of offering help to people from our forefathers and from our leaders – we have learnt to help those in need and to support the needs of the people. We care about the people, and this is indeed a very important role of the United Nations in helping refugees and I am proud and honored to offer help to humanity.

His Excellency added, “I hope this event will touch everyone and that we all continue to help each other. Charity does not need wealth.’

Editor’s Notes

UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, established in December 1950, is mandated to lead, and coordinate international action to protect refugees and resolve refugee problems worldwide. Its primary purpose is to safeguard the rights and well-being of refugees. It strives to ensure that everyone can exercise the right to seek asylum and find safe refuge with the option to return home voluntarily, integrate locally or resettle in a third country. It also has a mandate to help stateless people and is often called on to help people displaced within their own countries. The agency, which has a staff of some 9300 people in more than 120 countries has helped tens of millions of people.

Juma Al Majid Group

Juma Al Majid Group began its humble beginnings in 1950 with the drive and vision of the visionary H.E. Juma Al Majid. Today 65 years later the Group is a conglomerate with over 38 companies. Defined into different sectors the business lines are Trading and Manufacturing, Automobiles, Heavy duty Equipment, FMCG, Property, Travel Agencies, Hospitality, Contracting and Services (the four pillars are manufacturing, electro-mechanical contracting, facilities management and technical products trading) and Investment. The conglomerate is governed by the leadership of the Chairman H.E. Juma Al Majid and Vice- Chairman H.E. Khalid Juma Al Majid and a team of select top management.

A niche cultural inspiration of H.E. Juma Al Majid is Juma Al Majid Center for Culture and Heritage, an esteemed library in the UAE, which is best known for restoration of manuscripts while being home to a huge collection of books.