United Arab Emirates
The UAE has long been a hub for trade and commerce in the region. With a population of around 4.6m people, most of whom are from overseas, it has transformed itself into a regional platform for humanitarian logistics and procurement. It has established itself as an important humanitarian donor, giving large aid contributions and shaping international policy discussions on humanitarian aid. Most of its aid goes to Arab and Islamic countries, in line with its foreign policy. It also gives aid in response to disasters affecting the home countries of its large expatriate population.
According to the Ministry of International Cooperation and Development (MICAD), which was formed in 2013 and was formerly tasked by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the UAE foreign aid sector is made up of more than 30 organizations, including ministries, government entities and departments. In recent years, the sector has developed itself to tackle a diverse set of humanitarian projects both at home and abroad.
For example, the Abu Dhabi Fund for Development provides loans and grants to infrastructure projects in developing countries, Dubai Cares supports the achievement of the Millennium Development Goal of achieving universal primary education, the UAE Red Crescent Authority provides humanitarian aid and disaster response to vulnerable communities and Emirates Foundation Takatof mobilizes youth volunteers for humanitarian work at home and in neighbouring countries.
The UAE is home to the International Humanitarian City (IHC), which is located in Dubai. IHC provides a regional platform for local and international humanitarian organizations, including several UN agencies and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies. Established by the Government of Dubai in 2007, it is an independent free zone that has become a base for logistics and procurement and partnership and capacity-building through initiatives such as Sphere training.
The UAE is also the organizer of and host to the Dubai International Humanitarian Aid and Development Conference & Exhibition (DIHAD). This is an annual high-level event now in its 11th year that brings together various actors from the regional and international aid and development community, supported by an exhibition of goods and services for humanitarian aid delivery. The event is held under the patronage of Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, sponsored by Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Humanitarian and Charity Est., and officially supported by the UAE Red Crescent Society, the United Nations and the Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
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