An Eminent Example in Humanitarian Generosity

  • 28 March 2016

Since its founding the UAE has acquired an excellent reputation in terms of humanitarian work at the regional and international levels to an extent that charity became a characteristic of the country thanks to its lofty initiatives across the globe. The UAE came to be called as the “Emirates of goodness” in appreciation of the efforts and qualitative and quantitative humanitarian efforts that the UAE has been spearheading in favour of needy people without discrimination on the basis of ethnicity, religion, gender or colour. This international acclaim enjoyed by the UAE is a reflection of the steady policy that was wisely established by late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan (may God bless his soul) whose name is linked to goodness and known by everyone as “Zayed the Benevolent”.This path of benevolence was followed by the UAE under the leadership of His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the UAE (may God protect him).

Year after year, the UAE continues to maintain its status as a leading global humanitarian donor with unrivalled generosity. It has provided humanitarian assistance and relief in different parts of the glob and was always pioneering in responding to relief calls and meeting the humanitarian needs in disaster areas and poor communities.

Recently, upon directives from His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE armed forces (may god protect him), the Khalifa bin Zayed Foundation sent thousands of foodstuff baskets to needy families suffering difficult humanitarian conditions in the Somali city of Burao and its surroundings. This initiative is undertaken in solidarity with the Somali people who are suffering from a drought that damaged their agriculture and livestock.

This initiative also illustrates the commitment made by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan during his meeting in Abu Dhabi with Somali President Hasan Sheikh Mahmoud. At these talks His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan reiterated that the UAE, under the leadership of President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed AL Nahyan, is committed to supporting development projects in Somalia and stands with the Somali people to address challenges to peace and security and fight terrorism and violence. The UAE has always been one of the most supportive countries of Somalia through initiatives are not only limited to humanitarian assistance but also include state building and restoration of security and peace. These UAE stands have been appreciated by Somalia and the international community.

The Khalifa bin Zayed Foundation was keen to deliver the food baskets in the houses of the needy in Burao in solidarity with those who suffer health conditions. The UAE solidarity with the Somalian people is reflecting the humanitarian engagement of the UAE leadership and people and shows the extent to which the UAE humanitarian staff are well-trained and devoted to their mission. Thus, the UAE will maintain its leading role in humanitarian work which mirrors the authentic values the Emirati leadership and society.