Dubai Airports

In March 2016, Dubai Airports’ Human Resources, Employee Wellbeing Department, launched an initiative called “Your Sight, Our Happiness”. Under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saeed Al Maktoum, President of Dubai Civil Aviation Authority and Chairman of Dubai Airports, the campaign raised funds through the UAE Red Crescent for Orbis.

Dubai Airports, “Your Sight, Our Happiness” Campaign

The campaign led by Dubai Airports, “Your Sight, Our Happiness”, involved a number of activities to raise funds, including a lunch sponsored by Emirates Flight Catering, under the patronage of H.H. Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saeed Al Maktoum and attended by senior delegates such as H.E. Mohammed Abdulla Ahli, H.E. Ahmed Mahboob Musabih and H.E. Khalifa Hassan Al Darai

An ultimate aviation challenge was the highlight of the campaign: a plane pull involving 10 teams from across the airport community competing in pulling National Air Cargo’s 747 aircraft the furthest.

The aviation community unites to support Orbis

The day was packed with activities such as blindfolded basketball, bowling, Zumba and even eye check-ups.

Dubai Airports with its partners raised, through the UAE Red Crescent, an incredible AED 1.25 million (US$ 340,600) for Orbis.

Paul Griffiths

CEO of Dubai Airports

We are very hap­py with the out­come of the cam­paign. It is deeply sat­is­fy­ing to know that the col­lec­tive efforts and gen­eros­i­ty of employ­ees of Dubai Air­ports and our part­ners, as well as the sup­port and con­tri­bu­tion from cor­po­rate enti­ties will help improve the lives of thou­sands of chil­dren by restor­ing their sight.

Rebecca Cronin

CEO, Orbis UK

We are so thank­ful to Dubai Air­ports for choos­ing Orbis to ben­e­fit from the won­der­ful Your Sight Our Hap­pi­ness’ event. The loy­al sup­port of the avi­a­tion com­mu­ni­ty and the incred­i­ble amount raised through the Plane Pull will allow us to reach even more chil­dren des­per­ate­ly in need of sight-sav­ing treat­ments. A child who can see is a child who has a chance of an edu­ca­tion, employ­ment and a chance to con­tribute to his com­mu­ni­ty and to flour­ish. On behalf of us all at Orbis, I would like to par­tic­u­lar­ly thank His High­ness Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saeed Al Mak­toum for his lead­er­ship and his generosity.

The campaign was supported by a wide range of organisations: Mojo, Al Naboodah, General Director of Residency & Foreigner Affairs, National Air Cargo, Faberge Events, Go Fit UAE Gym, Badamli, Gearhouse, Joseph Graphics, Joseph Advertisers, London Diary, Glenda Biscuits, AB Marketing, Friesland Dairy (Rainbow), Dubai Customs, dnata, Dubai Civil Aviation Authority, Dubai World Trade Centre, Valtrans, Al Fajer, Emirates Flight Catering, Smith Detection, Dubai Duty Free, Big Bear, PowerPrint, Anglo Arabian Healthcare, AXA Insurance, Magrabi Eye Hospital, Airlink, Allied Transport Company, Verger Delporte, Intercare, Geodis, Siemens, Serco, Kuehne + Nagel LLC, Viking Gulf, G4S (MIHY), Fedex,, Berkeley Services, EMC, Emrill, and du.

Dubai Airports Representatives Witness the Work of Orbis

The following year, representatives of Dubai Airports’ Human Resources, Employee Wellbeing Department, travelled to Can Tho, Vietnam to witness the work of Orbis and our Flying Eye Hospital.

The team also visited Can Tho Eye hospital to find out more about the screening process for strabismus, cataract, glaucoma, Retinopathy of Prematurity, as well as the anaesthesia evaluation and patient counselling.

The team had the opportunity to follow two patients and their families from screening to the bandages removal post surgery. Orbis Volunteer, Dr. Brian Leonard, Professor of Ophthalmology University of Ottawa Eye Institute in Canada, took the time to answer questions about the operation.

Dubai Airports visits Orbis in Vietnam

One the patients the team followed was 6 year-old Dieu and her mom Nha. Find out more about Dieu's beautiful sight-saving story in the linke below.

Little Dieu’s future is much brighter now

January 19, 2021

Six-year-old Dieu lives in rural Vietnam with her loving family. They live on very modest means, so when Dieu started developing problems with her eyes, they were unable to get the treatment she needed.
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