The statistics released by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Co-operation and UAE Aid on Friday, revealed that in the first three weeks of this year, the country has already donated Dh30m to Syria. Almost Dh2m of that money went towards Syrian refugees in Lebanon.
Last month, the UAE reopened its embassy in Damascus, resuming diplomatic ties.
According to ministry, 94.5 per cent of the total aid donated since 2012 was used for humanitarian work while the remainder was used in the development sector.
The majority of the aid, more than Dh1.23bn was spent on food, and around Dh711.3m was used to build shelters and distribute non-edible items.
The UAE’s contribution has also helped boost the health and education sectors and develop support and social services.
Dh86m of the money was used towards programmes in health, agriculture, food security, power generation, water and sanitation sectors.
Over the years, the aid was distributed with the help of the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund, World Health Organisation, World Food Programme, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, United Nations Relief and Works Agency, and the International Rescue Committee.
SOURCE: THE NATIONAL