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

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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

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