The UAE ranked first globally as the largest aid donor to the humanitarian crisis in Yemen during 2015, representing 31% of the total aid provided by countries around the world.
Figures released by the Financial Tracking Service, FTS, a UN-managed database which records all reported international humanitarian aid contributions, found that the total value of humanitarian aid provided by the UAE to Yemen was Dh 508.7 million (US$138.5 million) out of the Dh1.650 billion (US$449.5 million) overall global contributions.
Commenting on the findings, Sheikha Lubna bint Khalid Al Qasimi, Minister of International Cooperation and Development (MICAD), said that this UN recognition strongly emphasises the UAE's wise leadership commitment to the deep-rooted humanitarian philosophy, which is led by President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, and His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, and which has become a slogan of hard work for all aid institutions and donors in the UAE.
Sheikha Lubna added the UAE will continue to support with unwavering determination under the guidance of its leadership all those affected by humanitarian crises around the world.
The UN data has also revealed that the US aid to Yemen formed 16.6%, and the UK made up 10.3% of total world contributions to Yemen in 2015.