Philanthropic free zone grows in stature

International Humanitarian CityImage Credit: Supplied

Dubai’s strategic location and improved logistics facilities have helped in the growth of International Humanitarian City (IHC). Currently, a number of organizations, including global aid agencies like the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), operate from this free zone located close to the Al Maktoum International Airport and Jebel Ali Port.

The free zone houses offices of several non-profitable organizations and warehouses which stock relief materials for victims of natural calamities and conflicts. Dubai’s proximity to many of the conflict zones in the Middle East and Africa, its easy connectivity by air and improved road network help rush aid materials. Medicine, tents, water and perishable items such as food can be quickly airlifted while other items can also easily reach the destinations by ships.

Currently, around 85 per cent of IHC’s office space and 95 per cent of its warehouse facilities are occupied. More than 52,000 square meters of warehouse space, with specialized cold storage facilities for medicine and food, is operational now. Land plots closer to the Al Maktoum International Airport will be procured by IHC in the next three to five years to expand its warehouse facilities. Around 2,000 square meters of space will be added to its existing office complex of 10,000 square meters.
Companies which can operate from IHC need to submit documents to prove that they are non-profitable, non-political and non-religious. The companies pay a significantly lower price compared to the average market rates to run their operations from this humanitarian hub.

IHC was established in 2003 and started its operations from Business Bay. It moved to its current location two years ago and utilized its huge area to build warehouse facilities.

Handy Hints
• IHC stocks relief materials for victims of calamities and conflicts
• Its warehouse facilities and office space will soon be expanded
• Its location gives a huge advantage when rushing aid materials

Since IHC is located near Dubai World Central, check on why Al Maktoum International Airport is on a new high.

Source: S. Dhar, Special to Properties
The writer is a freelancer

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