His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, on Sunday ordered an emergency airlift of humanitarian aid to help those affected by the devastating floods in Jordan.
A 747 jumbo jet and a C130 Hercules transport carrier took off from Dubai during the night carrying more than 58 tons of much-needed health, nutrition, and sanitation supplies, as well as temporary shelters. The planes landed in Jordan early morning, and the aid is already on its way to be distributed to people in need.
The Emirates Red Crescent, ERC, has intensified its urgent relief aid efforts to the residents of the Red Sea Coast of Yemen since the start of October.
The ERC previously declared a comprehensive plan to rebuild the Red Sea Coast, at a cost of AED107.1 million, which includes the restoration of a 143-kilometre international coastal road, 43 schools and 13 clinics, as well as the local electricity network.
The ERC distributed the first food supplements to the residents of the Eastern Coast, which is the first in a series of aid packages totaling 200 tones.
Hamad Mohammed Humaid Al Junaibi, UAE Ambassador to Sudan, delivered cheques worth AED30.735 million from the Emirates Red Crescent, ERC, to support 9,187 orphans in Sudan.
Dr. Othman Jaafar, Secretary-General of the Sudanese Red Crescent, received a cheque worth AED22.478 million from the ERC in support of 6,687 orphans across Sudan's provinces.
Cheques worth AED8.25 million from the ERC were delivered to Jameela Abdulrazeq Mahjoub, Wabel, Al Khair Foundation Representative, to assist 2,500 orphans.
Dr. Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al-Rabiah, Advisor to the Saudi Royal Court and General Supervisor of the King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Centre, has announced that Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates will provide US$70 million towards the salaries of teachers in Yemen, in cooperation with the United Nations and UNICEF, with each country paying half of the sum.
The Saudi Press Agency quoted Al-Rabiah as saying that, in a press statement, the sum will boost the salaries of 135,000 teaching staff.
The UAE has offered 33 tonnes of food supplements to Yemeni children who are suffering from severe malnutrition, through launching a comprehensive nutrition programme.
The food supplements were delivered to Al-Jumhuriah Hospital in Aden, Yemen, as part of the UAE’s ongoing efforts to ease the suffering of Yemenis, due to the difficult humanitarian circumstances caused by the Iranian-backed Houthi militias.
The UAE Embassy in Jordan supervised a project that provides aid relief to underprivileged Syrian and Jordanian families. The aid initiative was organised by Sharjah Charity International. The distribution of aid occurred in the presence of Fahad Al Otaibi, Third Secretary of the Embassy.
Marking the Year of Zayed, the UAE Embassy in Pretoria, South Africa, has provided 154 food baskets - provided by Sharjah Charity International - and water bottles - donated by Dar Al Ber Society - to Maseru, the capital and largest city of the Kingdom of Lesotho, in the presence of the Deputy Prime Minister, Monyane Moleleki.
The UAE has reinforced its international humanitarian relief approach, which is based upon close coordination with countries and communities entitled to receive its aid, through the launch, by the wise leadership, of an initiative to create a national committee to rescue those affected by the floods in Kerala, India.
The initiative aims to involve the public and private sectors, as well as representatives of the Indian community.
Upon the directives of the wise leadership, led by President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, and the Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, and His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, and the monitoring of H.H.
The UAE has been ranked as the largest donor of emergency humanitarian assistance to Yemen in the world for 2018.
According to the Financial Tracking Service, FTS, a centralised source of information on humanitarian funding flows, the UAE is also the second-largest source supporting the 2018 Yemen Humanitarian Response Plan, YHRP, following the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
The UAE grant to support the 'Yemen: Humanitarian Response Plan 2018' of the UN has benefitted over 20,000 Yemeni families, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, UNHCR, has said.
The Emirates Red Crescent, ERC, is continuing its efforts to improve the humanitarian and development conditions in Ethiopia, and is preparing to build 1,000 homes to support displaced people.
UAE Embassy in Nouakchott distributed today humanitarian aid, provided by the Emirates Red Crescent, ERC, to underprivileged families in Mauritania.
Acting upon directives of Essa Abdullah Masood Al Kalbani, UAE Ambassador to the Islamic Republic of Mauritania, Humaid Hamdan Al Zaabi, from the UAE Embassy in Nouakchott, handed over the humanitarian aid to Sarah Bint Seidi, Secretary General of Al Rahma Charity, to be distributed, in association with some other charities, to the needy people.
The Emirates Red Crescent, ERC, is continuing to distribute Ramadan aid to displaced people around the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, and those affected by border conflicts.
The ERC delegation intensified its humanitarian operations in the country, to include 12 beneficiary areas around Addis Ababa and neighbouring provinces, as per the directives of the wise leadership to implement programmes, including Ramadan programmes, which aim to benefit 700,000 displaced people and those affected by last year’s border conflicts.
Alistair Burt, Minister of State for the Middle East and North Africa Affairs of the United Kingdom, praised the efforts of the UAE and Saudi Arabia to deliver humanitarian assistance to the Yemeni people.
In an interview with the Emirates News Agency, WAM, on the sidelines of the "Beirut Institute Summit" that began yesterday in Abu Dhabi, Burt said that the humanitarian efforts in Yemen focus on water, food, fuel and daily essentials, in light of the statistics that some 85 percent of Yemenis rely on assistance.
The UAE is performing an influential and effective role in supporting Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh, as part of its efforts to promote international peace and security and improve the lives of people.
The UAE’s experience in helping the Rohingya refugees reflects the values of its community, such as tolerance, compassion and respect for all cultures, religions and races, according to a report.
Vaqif Sadiqov, Permanent Representative of Azerbaijan to the United Nations in Geneva, praised the UAE’s pioneering role in supporting international stability, which has made it among the first countries to provide humanitarian assistance for refugees, through its participation in the international efforts to face humanitarian crises around the world, including the internal refugee crisis in Azerbaijan.
The UAE Embassy in Khartoum held a reception to inaugurate the programmes of the Sheikha Fatima Global Humanitarian Campaign for treating women and children and the Fatima bint Mubarak Volunteering Programme in Sudan.
Hamad Mohammed Al Junaibi, UAE Ambassador to Sudan, and his embassy’s staff received the reception’s guests, which included Ahmed Mohammed Adam, Humanitarian Aid Commissioner in Sudan, a delegation from the General Women’s Union, the campaign’s supervisors, and invited members of the diplomatic corps in Sudan.
Hamad Sultan Saeed Al Shamsi, UAE Ambassador to Beirut, toured Minya and Sahel Akkar town in the Lebanese Republic, accompanied by Mouin Maroubi, Minister of State for Displaced Persons in Lebanon, and representatives of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, UNHCR, in Lebanon to distribute food to Syrian displaced people.
Dr. Anwar bin Mohammed Gargash, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, has announced the UAE’s offer to provide development aid worth US$500 million, to assist international efforts to reconstruct Iraq.