The Human Face of the UAE

  • 7 June 2010

On various occasions, the UAE has revealed its virtuous qualities and sought to ease the suffering of the poor and vulnerable in different parts of the world, helping them overcome the difficult conditions they live in. In this context, the recent generous humanitarian gesture of the President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan – to distribute 926 tons of dates to brotherly countries during the holy month of Ramadan – showcases the humanitarian and charitable side of the country’s wise leadership. For years the country has helped the poor and vulnerable during the holy month of Ramadan besides taking other initiatives such as offering food to those observing fast and providing cloth during the festival of Eid.

Such humanitarian activity, which distinguishes the UAE at a global level, is not limited to offering financial support to the needy. It extends to providing help in areas of humanitarian conflict, direct involvement in their problems and participating in efforts to ease the sufferings of the people. Perhaps the best example is the recent completion of 55 of the 100 housing units financed by the UAE Red Crescent Authority – and implemented by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) – at a cost of AED 13 million to be distributed to the most vulnerable families in West Bank.

The UAE has acquired a leading position among the countries involved in virtuous deeds around the world and has also become an effective player in the international efforts against humanitarian challenges. The country has made its presence felt in areas of aid and humanitarian emergencies across the world. In recent years, it has carried out such activities in various parts of the world, offering donations and other financial and material aid. These initiatives have been made either in cooperation with the United Nations and its programs or through direct bilateral arrangements with these countries. It has also helped the recipient countries build capacities to tackle future disasters. Through such initiatives, the country has offered aid and grants to the vulnerable and poor in various parts of the world.

This generosity is the result of the wise leadership which has always extended support to humanitarian work and regards this as a natural extension of humanity. The foundation of this principle was laid down by the Founder of the UAE, the Late Shiekh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, through his noble efforts in respect to humanitarian efforts. As a result, the UAE always pays attention to any humanitarian challenge because it feels that the humanitarian activities are purely ethics based and are beyond political, ethnic, religious and geographical considerations. The country also characterizes charity as dynamic and evolving as is seen in the expansion of areas covered by its activities each year as well as the new initiatives that are launched from time to time.