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Though away from the bright lights of Burj Khalifa and Shaikh Zayed Road, Dubai's International Humanitarian City (IHC) is considered the world's busiest and largest hub for humanitarian aid.
The free zone is home to nine United Nations agencies and more than 40 non-government/non-profit organizations which send help to where it is needed as quickly as possible. These organizations even responded to the recent ''UAE Compassion'' campaign for the refugees in the Levant region just 12 hours after it was launched.
Organizations that wish to set up base at IHC can avail of its many offerings such as warehouses that include specialized cold storage for perishables and medical supplies, offices, open yard and multi-purpose space. IHC also has world-class air and seaport facilities, and support services like catering, conferences and meetings, and government services.
IHC's geographical advantage, being close to the Al Maktoum International Airport, plays a major part in setting Dubai as an ideal headquarters to assist in crisis situations during political conflicts, natural disasters and famine in different parts of the world such as the sub-Saharan Africa, the Levant and South Asia.
Just recently, Shaikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, launched the International Humanitarian Impact Fund by donating Dh1 million to encourage private sector aid.
IHC will be the principal organizer of yearly regional and international humanitarian events. The country is set to host a World Humanitarian Forum every two years starting September.
The world not only looks at IHC as a logistics hub, but also as an avenue where people's agenda are focused on peacekeeping and serving in humanitarian missions.
Dubai is not just a city of glitz, attractions and ultimate shopping destinations, but a platform where humanitarianism is promoted as well.
• IHC is a logistics hub that can respond quickly to relief operations
• It assisted in the worst humanitarian crises in the past decade
• It offers NGOs warehouses and office space, and many services
Source: Cleofi-Krista Capili, Special to Properties
The writer is a freelancer