UAE Foreign Aid


(1) The UAE has donated billions of US Dollars in overseas aid over the last four decades.

(2) The UAE implements fully its official development assistance commitments to least developed countries.

(3) The UAE has donated over $40 billion in humanitarian and relief aid in emergency situations and charity aid to over 175 countries around the world.

Humanitarian aid accounts for a significant part of the UAE’s total foreign aid where the country responds to major crises through its charities and humanitarian agencies called the Abu Dhabi fund for development, Emirates red crescent, Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan foundation and the Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum charity and humanitarian foundation as well as other international organizations.

The UAE foreign aid targets priority areas such as humanitarian assistance, charitable aid, elimination of poverty, support for children, global sectoral programs such as transportation, infrastructure, construction of housing complexes, roads, bridges, power generation, governments support, development projects, and empowerment of women

The UAE’s aid has only humanitarian objectives. It is neither governed by politics nor is not limited by geography, race, color or religion of the beneficiary. This is a practical application of the principle of tolerance in the UAE. This policy was laid down by the founder President of the UAE, the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan who stressed that foreign aid and assistance is one of the basic pillars of UAE foreign policy.

When formulating its approach to providing foreign aid, the UAE has adopted the idea of sustainable development and improving the welfare of all mankind.

The main goal of foreign aid offered by the UAE is to reduce poverty and improve quality of life in underprivileged communities, promote relations between the UAE and other states, including the recipient countries and other donor states, and encourage creation of economic relations with developing countries based on mutual interests

The UAE provides foreign aid in response to the directives from His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan and His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, extending help to the needy people around the world. This is based on the UAE’s commitment to support the goals of sustainable development that the international community has agreed to achieve in the coming 15 years to eliminate poverty

The International Humanitarian City

Founded by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates and Ruler of Dubai, The International Humanitarian City is the one and only non-profit, independent, humanitarian free-zone Authority hosting a community of members comprised of UN organizations, international non-governmental organizations, intergovernmental organizations, and commercial companies.

The International Humanitarian City is the largest humanitarian hub in the world with the most diverse members. It plays a pivotal role in facilitating first responses to crises at a global level efficiently. Based in Dubai, The International Humanitarian City has a strategic location allowing rapid relief to be within reach in all corners of the world.

The International Humanitarian City enables its members and aid agencies to conduct fundraising activities in the United Arab Emirates with the partnership and support of the City to obtain government approval. it offers an innovative approach to support humanitarian response through its facilities, warehousing and close-knit network of partners in the private sector, local community, and government.

In order to consolidate the impact of the UAE foreign aid, the UAE cabinet has formed the UAE humanitarian committee, which aims to channel and combine the collective expertise of UAE humanitarian responders in order to facilitate, oversee and coordinate the country’s humanitarian aid.

The UAE’s foreign aid was in line with the country’s policy of supporting the UN millennium development goals.

The UAE is currently involved in the efforts to achieve United Nations sustainable development goals.