The Prince, looking smart in a dinner jacket and black tie for the event, told guests that the funds raised by a charity auction would not disappear into a “box” but were destined for a vital project.
The dinner raised more than a million dollars (£624,000) to help build Sentebale’s Mamohato Children’s Centre of Excellence in the African kingdom of Lesotho.
The centre will allow the charity to scale up its Mamohato programme, which addresses the emotional and psychological needs of children living with HIV.
Prince Harry told the guests who enjoyed dinner at an exclusive hotel in remarks reported by gulfnews.com: “Your money is not being thrown in a box where you don’t know where it’s going. It is going into brickwork. It means a lot to us to be able to provide this opportunity to so many children.”
Sentebale was co-founded by Prince Harry and supports projects that help disadvantaged children in Lesotho.
And speaking in Arabic, The Prince wished the Emirates well in its bid to host the World Expo 2020 saying: “Thank you for your generosity and all the very best with Dubai’s bid for 2020.”
During the evening items were auctioned to raise funds including rare Islamic gold and silver coins and a polo weekend.
Sentebale has entered into a partnership with the Al Jalila Foundation, a not-for-profit healthcare organisation established by Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, vice-president and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates and Ruler of Dubai, to raise money for Prince Harry’s charity.
Prince Harry left Dubai for the UK soon after the dinner finished and had spent the weekend on a whistlestop tour of Australia.
Prince Harry’s visit included a trip to Perth where he made an unannounced visit to the headquarters of the Australian SAS to honour special forces soldiers killed in the line of duty.