Extending Support to Syrian Refugees

  • 20 July 2013

The humanitarian position adopted by the UAE’s wise leadership in support of refugees all over the world and those displaced from their homelands, regardless of their nationalities and faiths, stems from the principles inherited by the country and a culture for solidarity and compassion. This culture, which underlines genuine Arab and Islamic values, has been a salient feature of the UAE society for a long time.

As per directives of the country’s wise leadership the UAE is strengthening its efforts to pay greater attention to Syrian refugees languishing in countries such as Jordan and Lebanon. The UAE has put the issue of Syrian refugees on top of its list of priorities. This is due to the sense of responsibility the country feels toward fulfilling the aspirations of the wise leadership toward improving the living conditions of refugees in these countries.

The European Commission for refugees in Jordan has praised the initiatives taken by President His Highness Sheikh Khlifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan (may God protect him) and hailed the assistance being provided by the UAE to Syrian refugees in Jordan. The Commission also cited the UAE as an exemplary provider of humanitarian relief. In January 2013, the UAE donated $25 million in addition to the $10 million it has given for the new camp Mrajeeb Al Fuhoud and the UAE-Jordan field hospital.

At the International Donors Conference for Syria, held in Kuwait in January 2013, His Highness General Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, said that the plight of civilians in Syria must compel the international community to take ethical and human responsibility in this regard. He called for regional and international efforts to fulfill their needs and improve their living conditions.

The UAE has realized the importance of mobilizing international support and boosting partnership among humanitarian organizations for improving the conditions of Syrian refugees. The country has managed to achieve this objective by involving organizations such as the Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan Charity Foundation, Emirates Red Crescent and embassies in neighboring countries like Jordan, Lebanon, and Turkey.