The UAE is standing up in support of the Rohingya people.

Since August, more than 650,000 men, women and children have fled violent persecution their native Myanmar to seek safe shelter in Bangladesh.

This has created the fastest growing refugee crisis in the world, according to reports, with people around the globe coming together to try and support these displaced families.

Queen Rania has made a heart-wrenching visit to this refugee camp
Sheikh Mohammed has again offered up his private plane to help refugees

Among those nations is the UAE, which has so far sent 10 airlifts of much-needed relief supplies to Bangladeshi refugee camps.


And, under the orders of HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, a further three more airlifts will be sent this month, with the first leaving Dubai’s International Humanitarian City (IHC) on December 6.

The latest drop will deliver 100 metric tonnes of kitchen sets and prefabricated warehouses to camps, with further airlifts scheduled for December 11 and 13.

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In total, the UAE has so far helped more than 480,000 Rohingya people, Dubai Media Office reports, with 1,000 metric tonnes of supplies sent from the Emirates in two months.

HRH Princess Haya bint Al Hussein has paid tribute to the UAE’s swift response and generosity as refugees face “an incredibly distressing time”.

“We will continue to send as much help as we possibly can for these people and pray that the persecution they face will end soon and they can return to their normal lives,” said the royal, who is also the chairperson of IHC.

“My heart is heavy but I am proud that the UAE continues to do all that it can to help augment the relief efforts of UN agencies and NGOs.”

In September, Sheikh Mohammed ordered the creation of an open air bridge in a bid to provide critical relief supplies, sending across planes loaded with tarpaulins, tents, mosquito nets, sleeping mats, blankets and more.

Indeed, the UAE is no stranger to foreign aid, and was even ranked as the biggest donor in the world in 2014.

The Emirates has also been declared a top foreign aid donor of 2016, with an Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) report stating the UAE gave Dh15.23 billion in official development assistance last year.

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“The UAE does not provide conditional assistance and does not wait for any returns. We only want the good and stability of all people,” said Sheikh Mohammed when the report was released.

Princess Haya also addressed the UAE’s generosity in a speech earlier this year, adding that the nation’s contributions would continue.

“The UAE gave Dhs32 billion in aid [in 2015],” the royal said. “The UAE will continue in line with the Year of Giving to be one of the most humanitarian countries in the world.

“The goal of our leadership is clear, which is to build a future city of security and humanitarian. It is our responsibility, it is our humanity that future generations will hold us accountable for.”

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Images: Dubai Media Office, HRH Princess Haya/Instagram