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United Arab Emirates


Key Figures 2013

Total Assistance:

US$5.1 billion

Humanitarian Assistance:

US$90 million

Contributions to UN



US$99.4 billion

Key Facts

  • In 2013, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) provided US$90 million for humanitarian emergencies, making it the 21st largest donor of official humanitarian assistance.
  • Over the past decade UAE has been the 18th largest government provider of humanitarian assistance. Annual humanitarian assistance increased by 113% in 2013.
  • Over the past decade annual humanitarian assistance has accounted for between 0.0% and 22.5% of UAE’s official development assistance (ODA). In 2013, UAE’s ODA was equal to 1.4% of gross national income (GNI).
  • 54% of UAE’s overall humanitarian assistance in the last 10 years has gone to countries in the Middle East. In the last 10 years the largest recipients of its humanitarian assistance have been Sudan (US$124 million), Syria (US$93 million) and West Bank and Gaza Strip (US$87 million).
  • In 2013, UAE provided US$12 million to the Syria Regional Response Plan (RRP) appeal, accounting for 1% of all funding.
  • 75% of UAE’s official humanitarian assistance was spent in countries classified as long-term recipients of humanitarian assistance 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; 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 organisation’s framework of increased engagement with emerging donors in humanitarian response activities.
  • UAE does not publish to the IATI standard. In 2010 it made a significant push to make its 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).
  • Humanitarian assistance and ODA can be viewed in the wider context of resource flows that can be mobilised in Development Initiatives’ Investments to End Poverty (ITEP) report – UAE country profile.



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


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