Editorial: UAE, a humanitarian role model for world

ABU DHABI, 11th January 2019 (WAM) - Benevolent UAE has proved it once again. For the fourth time over the past five years, the country has spent more on aid to develop other countries than any other nation on earth compared to its wealth, as per Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), and this is hugely praiseworthy.

In its today's editorial, the English language daily 'Gulf Today' cited data published by the Development Assistance Committee of the OECD, indicating that the UAE spent as much as Dhs14.55 billion, which is 1.03 per cent of its Gross National Income, GNI, in development assistance in 2017.

The achievements made across multiple domains undoubtedly translate the humanitarian vision of the UAE wise leadership and their keenness to stand by sisterly and friendly countries in times of need. The nation’s commitment to philanthropy and humanitarian assistance is total and inspirational.

The UAE’s humanitarian and developmental efforts and aid to various countries stands at $32.01 billion from 2013 through 2017, from which millions of refugees and displaced people around the world benefitted, including 10 million Yemenis.

As pointed out by Fahad Abdul Rahman Bin Sultan, Emirates Red Crescent (ERC)’s Deputy Secretary-General for International Aid, the UAE developmental and humanitarian aid is focused on meeting the needs of refugees and displaced in stricken areas, including Syria, Yemen, Somalia, Palestine, Iraq and Afghanistan, among other regions that are suffering armed conflicts and severe humanitarian crises.

It should be noted that the UAE reaches out to more than 100 countries and its aid covers all continents. There are 14 ERC offices operating in various countries to launch and follow up the developmental and aid projects.

Just last month, the UAE announced that it would contribute $200,000 annually to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, the UN refugee agency, starting from the next budget year, towards the agency’s refugee assistance programmes. The efforts made by the agency to provide protection and assistance to millions of refugees around the world are admirable.

The founding father of the nation, late Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan, once stated: "We believe that the benefit of the fortune granted to us by God should spread to cover our brothers and friends."

It is heartening that the noble path of benevolence thus effectively laid down by the Founding Father of the Nation has been kept alive until this day, crossing all borders and barriers to touch the hearts of people in almost every country.

WAM/Hassan Bashir