The Dubai International Award For Best Practice: 21 years of recognizing excellence in urban best practices

In 1995, the Dubai Municipality and UN-Habitat established the Dubai International Award for Best Practice during the United Nations International Conference to recognize best practices that have a positive impact on improving the living environment.


The 2017 Award comes at a critical time; with the New Urban Agenda being signed in October last year, this is a distinct opportunity to show case the most effective interventions for improving the lives of urban residents around the globe.

According to the UN-Habitat and in line with Sustainable Development Goal 11 – to make cities and communities inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable – the Best Practice Award recognizes significant contributions which:

  • •Have a demonstrable and tangible impact on improving people’s quality of life;
  • •Are the result of effective partnerships between the public, private and civic sectors of society?
  • •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.

The award is comprised of 5 categories and is open to all sectors: national and regional governments; local authorities and their associations; non-governmental organizations; multilateral agencies; community based organizations; research and academic institutions; public and private foundations; media entities and individuals.

In order to apply for the Dubai International Award for Best Practice, read the Submission Guidelines here and register on this website to complete the application.

Final deadline for submissions:  31 August 2017

For more information and details on how to apply, visit For enquiries, please contact