First Published: 2017-03-18

UAE makes significant humanitarian efforts in Yemen
Gulf state is making greater humanitarian efforts besides other operations that are less vocal but more influential such as plans for Yemen’s reconstruction.
Middle East Online

Humanitarian role in Yemen comes from the faith instilled by the late Sheikh Zayed Al Nahyan in Emiratis’ hearts regarding the need to care for Yemen

Abu Dhabi - The United Arab Emirates has lately made significant contributions to support Yemen's efforts on several fronts while the media is busy following the bustle of the war and military operations against the Iran-backed Huthi rebels in a bid to bring the legitimate authorities back to power.

The Gulf state is making greater humanitarian efforts besides other operations that are less vocal but more influential such as plans for the Yemen’s reconstruction.

The UAE's efforts in Yemen’s reconstruction of Yemen has born their fruit after the United Nations ranked the Gulf state first globally in providing aid to Yemenis.

Humanitarian role in Yemen comes from the faith instilled by the late Sheikh Zayed Al Nahyan in Emiratis’ hearts regarding the need to care for Yemen, at times of hardship and ease; a commandment that is today followed by Emiratis, who are converting it into humanitarian aid, development projects, rehabilitation of hospitals, evacuations of the wounded for medical treatment abroad and the rebuilding of the public institutions.

In December 1986, Sheikh Zayed went to the Yemeni city of Marib, to launch the revival of the Marib Dam project. The UAE financed the construction of a Marib dam when Yemen was at the then-divided Yemen was in dire need of help.

The restored dam brought life to the land around it. It was one of the largest development projects in Yemen as the surrounding the area of the dam saw an agricultural renaissance which is still ongoing even though it has been affected by the war.

Several support programs were Sheikh Zayed’s many projects as part of the UAE’s policy after his death. The UAE’s role in supporting Yemen is now clearer than before the war.

When the United Nations launched an appeal to raise $2.1 billion to provide food and other essential assistance for the 12 million people in Yemen, who are facing the threat of famine, the UAE was at the forefront of countries supporting the call. The Gulf state was the largest aid donor to Yemen with a sum of UAE Dh2.853 billion.

The initiative of Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak to improve maternal and child health services in Yemen includes providing the necessary support for 15 projects in Aden and neighbouring provinces, in various sectors including health, education, water, electricity and energy as well as supporting women, rehabilitation of people with disabilities and improving shelter services in remote areas.

The UAE Red Crescent Authority launched the largest relief campaign for 10 million affected Yemenis.

Obaid Salem Al Zaabi, Permanent Representative of the UAE to the UN in Geneva confirmed that his country supports the work of the UN in the context of the launch of the 2017 Yemen Humanitarian Response Plan by the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).

Zaabi stressed that the UAE “adopts a comprehensive humanitarian approach” in supporting Yemen at various levels, economically and humanitarianly and logistically, in order to put it on the path of reconstruction and development, through construction, reconstruction and bringing hope the Yemeni people for a better future full of security, stability and prosperity for all.

The Red Crescent is renovating 154 schools in Aden province as part of the projects that contribute to Yemen’s reconstruction of infrastructure in key sectors, especially health, education, electricity and water.

More than 123 schools in the southern governorate have been handed over after being rehabilitated and fully furnished.

The UAE recognises that the success of regaining Yemen from Huthi rebels can be achieved through construction and reconstruction operations and instilling hope into Yemeni people towards a better future.

 

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