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HH Sheikh Mohammed sends private jet filled with aid to Haiti



High Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, ruler of Dubai and Vice President of the UAE, recently sent a private cargo jet to help those devastated by Hurricane Matthew in Haiti.

Showing the charitable side that he is well-known for, Sheikh Mohammed’s cargo jet was filled with emergency supplies and flown to Haiti – and his wife, Her Royal Highness Princess Haya bint Al Hussein, flew with the jet to personally oversee the distribution.

Princess Haya travelled to Port-au-Prince in Haiti to deliver 90 metric tonnes of supplies to those affected by the hurricane and flash floods. Aid included water purification units, medical supplies, tents and mosquito nets were on board, along with other essential supplies, at an estimated value of over $350,000.

Princess Haya wrote on Instagram: “His Highness Sheikh Mohammed ordered the immediate response of International Humanitarian City, late Tuesday night, to an urgent appeal from UNWFP and other NGOs for relief to be dispatched to Haiti in the wake of Hurricane Matthew. He gave instructions for his cargo plane, a Boeing 747, to return to Dubai to load relief goods from the IHC.”

A photo posted by Haya Bint Al Hussein (@hrhprincesshaya) on

In another post, she said: “I am so proud, when I see the UAE flag draped across the cargo shipments sent by our own NGOs. The people of Haiti have suffered unimaginable trials after being hit by the massive earthquake in 2010; they suffered from an outbreak of cholera that is said to have killed up to 10,000 people. And now as they have been reeling from that and trying to rebuild, Hurricane Matthew, once again, ripped away all the hopes they had tried so hard to build.”

A photo posted by Haya Bint Al Hussein (@hrhprincesshaya) on

Once in Haiti, she shared pictures of the devastation, with captions explaining how people have been affected. In one particularly emotional hard-hitting post, she explained that a 15ft wave came from the sea, along with flash floods. “The flash floods from the rain descended the mountain terrain and met the wall of water coming from the sea. Anything caught in between that was alive – people, animals, trees – were killed,” she said.

Officials in Haiti say that over 1.4 million people are in urgent need of humanitarian help. The UN has urged more countries to join in efforts to done.

The UAE is well known for sending aid, and Sheikh Mohammed has sent humanitarian help to war-torn countries as well as those affected by natural disasters.

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