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UAE named the world’s top aid donor

The UAE donated a serious amount of money in 2016
Team shortlist12 Apr 2017 AT 01:00 PM
UAE, Dubai, Charity, HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum
UAE, Dubai, Charity, HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum
© Twitter/HHShkMohd
UAE, Dubai, Charity, HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum
© Twitter/HHShkMohd

The UAE has just retained its title as being one of the most charitable countries in the world. According to Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development’s latest report, the UAE has been named the world’s leading aid donor for the third time in a row.

The report, that compares a nation’s wealth with its donations, found that the UAE spent over AED15.2 billion on development assistance in 2016 (that’s around AED1.26 billion a month).

With 2107 being the “Year of Giving” in the UAE, we can only predict that the aforementioned figures will be much higher by the end of this year.

The news of the country’s generous streak didn’t go unnoticed with the nation’s rulers. His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, expressed his excitement on twitter.

The 67-year-old visionary shared a number of tweets with his 7.75 million followers, amongst them included a snap of the nation’s many charitable initiatives along the caption: “The announcement of the UAE being ranked first development assistance donor in 2016 coincides with the UAE’s Year of Giving during which the Emirati people launch new charitable initiatives every day.”

He also tweeted: “The new achievement would not have been possible without the guidance and support by President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, and His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces.”

The UAE’s Minister of State for International Cooperation, Reem Ebrahim Al Hashemi, also released an official statement praising the country’s charitable efforts that saw the UAE donate AED8.95 billion to various charities and projects in Africa. She added that the policy formed part of the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan's humanitarian vision for the nation.

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