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Dubai's ruler launches body to oversee $272 million in annual charity and development aid

  • Emirati officials arrive for the launch of the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Global Initiatives project in a ballroom at the Emirates Towers, in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Sunday, October 4, 2015. The ruler of Dubai is launching the new foundation to consolidate a range of charitable and human development initiatives that aims to support more than $270 million in projects annually. The project hopes to reach more than 130 million people in at least 116 countries in the coming years, though much of its work will target the Arab world. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili)

    Emirati officials arrive for the launch of the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Global Initiatives project in a ballroom at the Emirates Towers, in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Sunday, October 4, 2015. The ruler of Dubai is launching the new foundation to consolidate a range of charitable and human development initiatives that aims to support more than $270 million in projects annually. The project hopes to reach more than 130 million people in at least 116 countries in the coming years, though much of its work will target the Arab world. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili)  (The Associated Press)

  • Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE prime minister and the ruler of Dubai announces the launch of the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Global Initiatives project in a ballroom at the Emirates Towers, in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Sunday, October 4, 2015. The ruler of Dubai is launching the new foundation to consolidate a range of charitable and human development initiatives that aims to support more than $270 million in projects annually. The project hopes to reach more than 130 million people in at least 116 countries in the coming years, though much of its work will target the Arab world. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili)

    Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE prime minister and the ruler of Dubai announces the launch of the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Global Initiatives project in a ballroom at the Emirates Towers, in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Sunday, October 4, 2015. The ruler of Dubai is launching the new foundation to consolidate a range of charitable and human development initiatives that aims to support more than $270 million in projects annually. The project hopes to reach more than 130 million people in at least 116 countries in the coming years, though much of its work will target the Arab world. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili)  (The Associated Press)

  • Emirati officials take part in the launch of the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Global Initiatives project in a ballroom at the Emirates Towers, in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Sunday, October 4, 2015. The ruler of Dubai is launching the new foundation to consolidate a range of charitable and human development initiatives that aims to support more than $270 million in projects annually. The project hopes to reach more than 130 million people in at least 116 countries in the coming years, though much of its work will target the Arab world. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili)

    Emirati officials take part in the launch of the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Global Initiatives project in a ballroom at the Emirates Towers, in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Sunday, October 4, 2015. The ruler of Dubai is launching the new foundation to consolidate a range of charitable and human development initiatives that aims to support more than $270 million in projects annually. The project hopes to reach more than 130 million people in at least 116 countries in the coming years, though much of its work will target the Arab world. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili)  (The Associated Press)

The ruler of Dubai is launching a new foundation to consolidate a range of charitable and human development initiatives that aims to support more than $270 million in projects annually.

The ruler unveiled the eponymous Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Global Initiatives project Sunday in a ballroom at the base of the Mideast commercial hub's iconic Emirates Towers.

The project hopes to reach more than 130 million people in at least 116 countries in the coming years, though much of its work will target the Arab world. It has an annual operating budget of more than 1 billion dirhams ($272 million).

Its activities will focus on fighting poverty, spreading knowledge, community building, and entrepreneurship and innovation.