Humanitarian Vision of the UAE

  • 13 August 2013

Ever since Late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan (may God bless his soul) established the UAE Federation, the country has been famous for extending a helping hand to people and countries all over the world, regardless of their political or ethnic affiliations. The UAE’s contribution in this domain has not been limited to humanitarian aid and assistance to mitigate the suffering of people hit by disasters and wars but has extended to providing the necessary support system to improve the economic condition of many of these countries around the world. Support of this kind has helped provide decent living for people in these countries and has supported the local economies in their efforts to eradicate poverty and tackle economic and development challenges.

The UAE’s humanitarian approach has followed the same path under the wise leadership of the President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan (may God protect him). Data recently revealed by Abu Dhabi Fund for Development (ADFD) indicate the continuity of this policy as far as helping developing countries is concerned. Figures suggest that the total contribution of grants and loans provided by the Abu Dhabi government and ADFD – from its establishment to the end of the first half this year – amounted to around AED58 billion, distributed across 62 countries in a total of 349 projects. ADFD’s contributions to these developmental projects reached AED15.79 billion while Abu Dhabi government contributed around AED42.57 billion.

The UAE is keen to diversify these grants and loans to ensure that this development assistance reaches many different fields. Solving problems related to poverty, illiteracy, hunger and chronic diseases have been the main priority in addition to development of infrastructure, improving transportation and communications, new and renewable energy projects, besides conservation of environment and supporting the private sector. Another focus area for UAE’s aid and assistance has been tackling the challenges arising from natural disasters and other humanitarian and economic crises and their consequences which may go beyond the countries hit by these disasters and turn into a crisis of global proportions. This category includes global food and energy crises, climate change, etc.

By virtue of the aid it has provided, and continues to provide all over the world, the UAE has demonstrated that it is a pioneering humanitarian country which is always ready to carry out humanitarian activities and facilitate economic development. This is because the country believes that aid is based on the values of inclusiveness and integrity. The UAE has built a reputation not only among countries who have received aid but also among international organizations that are always keen to coordinate with the UAE in providing humanitarian and development assistance. They have a firm belief in the significance of the UAE’s role in this field and the contribution it expects to make in the future.