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United Arab Emirates


Key Figures 2013 HAVE BEEN UPDATED. The rest of the tabs will be updated by end-2014.

Total Assistance:

US$5.1 billion

Humanitarian Assistance:

US$90 million

Contributions to UN



US$99.4 billion

Fast Facts

  1. The UAE was the 22nd largest donor of official humanitarian assistance in 2013
  2. UAE’s official development assistance (ODA) was equal to 1.4% of UAE’s gross national income (GNI) in 2013
  3. 51.5% of UAE’s official humanitarian assistance was spent in fragile states in 2011
  4. 17.2% of UAE’s official humanitarian assistance was spent in countries classified as long term recipients of humanitarian assistance in 2011

Between 2006 and 2007 the United Arab Emirates’ (UAE’s) official development assistance (ODA) contributions increased significantly, from US$872 million to US$2.5 billion. In terms of humanitarian assistance, it is one of the most generous non-Development Assistance Committee (DAC) donors, featuring as the second largest non-DAC donor every year between 2004 and 2009. In 2009 the UAE’s humanitarian assistance peaked at US$353 million, but dropped to US$114 million in 2010. Humanitarian assistance rose again in 2011 to US$194 million, and although the amount was still substantially less than in 2009, the UAE still became the largest humanitarian assistance donor amongst the Gulf States (Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Qatar).

In 2010 the UAE made a significant push to make is aid more visible when it reported its 2009 aid information to the OECD DAC as a separate donor from ’Arab countries’, and was the first non-DAC donor to report disaggregated data to the OECD DAC Creditor Reporting System (CRS). This level of detail will enable a more comprehensive assessment of the UAE’s development aid and humanitarian aid contributions. In 2008 UAE established the Office for the Coordination of Foreign Aid (OCFA), an independent body supporting the delivery and implementation of the UAE’s development and humanitarian aid. OCFA has provided the OECD DAC with historic data revisions back to 1971 so full UAE data should be available through the OECD DAC in 2012.

The UAE has made efforts to engage in humanitarian coordination mechanisms. In 2006 it joined the UN OCHA Donor Support Group, an informal support group designed to fulfil OCHA’s mandated coordination activities. The UAE is currently the only non-DAC donor in this group and each member is expected to contribute at least US$0.5 million annually. In 2011, the UAE hosted in Abu Dhabi a meeting of the group to discuss coordination of international humanitarian assistance within the the organisation’s framework of increased engagement with emerging donors in humanitarian response activities.

Sudan, Pakistan and Syria were the main recipients of UAE’s humanitarian assistance in 2009 and in 2010 a significant proportion of funding from UAE (US$77.6 million) was earmarked for Pakistan in response to the 2010 floods.


Saudi Arabia and UAE’s GNI values are based on 2009 values


You can access various indicators and indices, together with information on engagement and data publication for each country from this Google Doc.