Positioned For Immediate Response
MBRGI has worked in all continents of the world; its intervention is spread across the five main pillars outlined in this document and covers immediate relief and long-term strategies to aid war-torn and poverty-stricken communities.
In 2016, total spending on humanitarian aid and relief initiatives totalled AED 252 million. Starting with the first response, Dubai is the home of the world’s largest humanitarian hub, located within eight hours by air of two-thirds of the world’s population.
At 1.1 million sq ft, International Humanitarian City (IHC) is more than 861,000 sq ft larger than the next biggest humanitarian city. As such, it contains AED 400 million of stock – about AED 367 million more than other centres – ready to be delivered to those who need it most.
Founded in 2003, IHC hosts members including nine United Nations agencies and 44 international humanitarian organisations. It has helped deliver assistance in some of the worst humanitarian crises of the past decade, including the 2010 Haiti earthquake, the recurring wars in Gaza, the Syrian refugee crisis in Jordan, the Ebola epidemic in West Africa, as well as the Nepal earthquake and Cyclone Pam in 2015. IHC has also carried out several evacuation operations over the years, protecting more than 600 UN staff from conflict in Afghanistan, Yemen and Egypt.
In response to the increasing need for assistance, IHC has ambitious expansion plans to triple in size by 2022. The increased space will also be home to a centre of excellence for training and innovation within the humanitarian aid sector.