The UAE’s Glittering Humanitarian Record

  • 21 June 2014

The UAE has an immaculate record when it comes to supporting refugees in the region and across the world. This was highlighted in a Ministry of International Cooperation report on UAE assistance to refugees. The report said that the UAE government’s assistance to refugees throughout the world from mid-2009 to mid-2014 amounted to AED 1.29 billion. This was followed by the UAE Red Crescent’s assistance worth AED 561.82 million, Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan Foundation for Humanitarian Efforts worth AED 368.07 million, International City for Humanitarian Services worth AED 143.28 million, Mohammed bin Rashed Al Maktoum Foundation for Charitable and Humanitarian Works worth AED 52.56 million, and other humanitarian foundations, private sector and individuals worth AED 184.37 million.

The United Nations Refugee Agency UNHCR lauded the UAE’s humanitarian efforts at a with the Ministry of International Cooperation held in Abu Dhabi recently to discuss the International Refugees Day, which is marked by the United Nations on June 20 every year. The UAE’s humanitarian policy is significant and receives appreciation from international organizations and agencies because of the fact it offers assistance regardless of the faith, ethnicity, language or geography of the recipients.

The UAE has organizations with wide experience in providing assistance in areas affected by natural disaster or conflict zones. This ensures that the humanitarian efforts are carried out in an institutionalized manner, which pleases concerned agencies. The UAE’s long and honorable record in providing humanitarian assistance has made this possible. It is widely known that the humanitarian dimension has been prominent in the UAE’s foreign policy since the Founder of the UAE, the Late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan (may God bless his soul).

This became evident when the UAE was, in the year 2013, ranked the most generous donor of official development assistance in the world vis-à-vis its gross domestic product (GDP). The country moved up from 12th place in 2012, according to the data provided in April by the Development Assistance Committee of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development. Such efforts make the UAE the center of global attention for international aid agencies whenever the need for humanitarian assistance arises.