IN THE UAE
Set up in 2003, Dubai’s International Humanitarian City hosts over 60 humanitarian entities. Anand Raj OK paid a visit to find out how they are able to rush aid to the needy with just a few hours’ notice
Friday goes behind the scenes of four agencies in Dubai’s International Humanitarian City to find out what it takes to send aid to those in need.
Spread over 120,000 sqm close to the Al Maktoum International Airport in Dubai, and housing 62 UN agencies, non-profit organisations and intergovernmental entities, the International Humanitarian City, at first glance appears quiet. But step beyond the vast gates and the buzz of activity in the warehouse-like offices and supply depots of the scores of humanitarian agencies becomes palpable. If the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies is busy rushing help almost every other day to crisis areas across the world, the UNHCR lifts tonnes of aid to sensitive areas like Iraq and Sudan regularly. Friday visits four humanitarian aid providers to find out how they operate.
Apart from medicines, World Health Organization also rushes vehicles and ambulances to crises areas, says Nevein