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UAE playing a historic role in Yemen

Range of help UAE is giving Yemen is vast and covers food and relief supplies as well as rebuilding schools and hospitals


Published:  December 01, 2015 22:00 By Samir Salama, Associate Editor

Abu Dhabi: The UAE has played a historic and strategic role in Yemen as part of the Saudi-led Arab coalition.

Following the liberation of Aden, the UAE focused on supplying urgent aid to the city and nearby areas.

The range of help the UAE is giving Yemen is vast, covering food and relief supplies, rebuilding schools, providing generators and sanitation, operating hospitals and even manning the air traffic control in Aden.

The total cost of power generating projects was Dh217.3 million. The power station that was provided by the UAE contributes to generating 90 per cent of power used to provide lighting in various affected areas

The recapturing of the oil and gas-rich Marib, famous for its 4,000-year-old dam, has immense symbolic value. It was the founding father of the UAE, the late Shaikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan, who had ordered the rebuilding of the dam in 1984 at a cost of $100 million (Dh367.8 million).

It is estimated that about 14.7 million Yemenis now depend on humanitarian aid.

1) Emirates Red Crescent (UAE’s largest aid agency)

has headed the UAE’s major contribution to this effort, under which the UAE has been the world’s largest donor to Yemen this year, with a total so far of Dh744 million, which is about half the global total offered to Yemen.

2) UAE’s humanitarian aid to Yemen

2,315 tonnes

medical aid

300 tonnes

of food aid supplied by the Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Foundation (KBZF).

1.5 million

ERC’s relief assistance in Yemen since liberation of Aden

3) Schools and hospitals

Dh50 million

UAE also worked on the renovation of various hospitals and health centres in Aden.

Dh81.3 million

Development projects for education sector in Yemen by Emirates Red Crescent which includes 154 schools

64 schools

Already renovated (total expected to rise to 154 schools that will be ready to receive students and resume operations in the coming school year).

4) Power stations

UAE has also worked on restoring power to the majority of areas in Aden through renovation of power stations and purchase of new generators.

Dh220 million

Total cost of power generating projects is Dh220 million.

90%

UAE contributes to generating 90 per cent of power used to offer lighting in various affected areas.

5) Water projects

Dh50 million

Sum allocated by ERC to water projects in Yemen.

6) Military successes

4,000 year-old Marib dam

Recapturing the oil and gas-rich Marib, famous for its 4,000-year-old dam, has great symbolic value. It was the founding father of the UAE, the late Shaikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan, who had ordered the rebuilding of the dam in 1984.

$100 million (Dh367.8 million)

Cost of rebuilding the dam as decreed by Shaikh Zayed in 1984.

7) People of Yemen

ERC charity programme aims to rebuild lives of 10 million Yemenis

Around 13 million

Number of Yemenis (comprising about 50 per cent of the population) who struggle to find clean water on a daily basis.

14.7 million Yemenis

who depend on humanitarian aid

—With inputs from WAM

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