Light The Way

During Ramadan 2024, we invite our supporters to once again join Operation Smile UAE in their campaign to #LightTheWay for those affected by cleft conditions by spreading awareness and encouraging donations.

This campaign focuses on giving hope and healing to those who need it most. Let’s come together this Ramadan and show that we can make a difference in the lives of children with cleft conditions. Let’s light the way for those in need, and help them find their way to healing and hope.

As little as 880AED helps provide surgery to a child with a cleft condition. This is possible thanks to the generous contributions of medical professionals who volunteer their time and expertise, as well as corporations that donate critical supplies and equipment necessary for safe surgery. This cost includes expenses incurred for essential medical team members to be at a surgical program, the expenses for additional required supplies and cargo shipping costs.

At Operation Smile, we envision a future where health and dignity are improved through safe surgery. Our mission is to create solutions that deliver safe surgery to people where it’s needed most, and through our expertise in treating cleft lip and cleft palate, we are making this a reality.

Help us #LightTheWay this Ramadan by spreading the word, donating or taking part in the various activities organised throughout the campaign.

Download the leaflet here 

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Help #LightTheWay to healing and hope this Ramadan. Help provide for patients and their families in the UAE who will be undergoing treatment with Operation Smile for their cleft condition.

Find the list here

If you have any questions please email [email protected] 


Raise funds for Light The Way via YallaGive.

  1. Create a challenge for yourself, or a team. Run, walk, cycle, skip a distance that will test your fitness!
  2. Ask friends, family and colleagues to support you by donating.
  3. Funds raised will help us provide free and safe surgery to children born with cleft conditions.

View the YallaGive page here 

For more information email [email protected] or call us +971 2 658 4790


This Ramadan, hospitals and clinics across the UAE are coming together to join Operation Smile’s “Light The Way” campaign.

By displaying informative leaflets about Operation Smile, these partnering organizations are providing an incredible opportunity for patients and families, who can’t afford cleft care and have insufficient insurance coverage, to learn more about the free cleft care offered through Operation Smile.

It’s a beautiful way to empower those living within our community to be able to access quality and dignified medical treatments and bring much-needed attention to this important cause, changing lives forever!

Click here to view the patient information leaflet.

If your hospital or clinic would like to help “Light The Way” and display our informational leaflets or receive more information, please send an email to [email protected]


Show your support for Operation Smile UAE this Ramadan with the purchase of one (or more!) of our stylish wristbands.

For only 5 AED, these accessories are a great way to raise awareness and help break down barriers that prevent access to healthcare for those in need.

Wear them at work, school or even while shopping; let’s #LightTheWay together!

Email [email protected] for more information.


Show your support for Operation Smile UAE and help us break down barriers that prevent access to health care for those in need by purchasing and displaying one of our bumper stickers!

Stickers are 5 AED each and are approximately 11.5 x 3 inches.

Every sticker displayed helps towards raising awareness and ensuring more people learn about Operation Smile and the work we do.

Help us #LightTheWay on every road throughout the 7 Emirates this Ramadan!

If you would like to purchase a bumper sticker or receive more information, send an email to [email protected]


Partnering hotels in the UAE are selling sets of Ramadan cookies to benefit Operation Smile and to honour of one of our UAE patients, Ericka, who, after receiving treatment with Operation Smile UAE, is now employed in her dream job as a professional pastry chef!

The limited edition set-of-3 Ramadan cookies are 15aed with 10aed from each set going to Operation Smile to provide more patients, like Ericka, with the opportunity to receive life-changing surgery which they would otherwise not be able to afford.

Ericka is a shining example of how hard work and determination can truly make all the difference. Born with a cleft lip and cleft palate, she faced numerous challenges throughout her life, including five surgeries and bullying due to her condition. Despite the obstacles she faced, Ericka chose to love and accept herself, setting out to pursue her hobbies and eventually her dream job as a pastry chef! She is now an advocate for Operation Smile, raising awareness about cleft conditions and inspiring others to do the same. Ericka’s message is simple: believe in yourself, push for your dreams, and let nothing hold you back. With her story of overcoming adversity, she stands as a beacon of hope and a role model for those living with cleft conditions.

You can read more about her story here.