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UAE citizens get $1.5bn worth social benefits in first 9 months of 2019

UAE nationals handed $929.7m (AED3.415bn) in social benefits and $581.27m (AED2.135bn) in financial aid during the period

UAE citizens get $1.5bn worth social benefits in first 9 months of 2019. [representational image]
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UAE citizens get $1.5bn worth social benefits in first 9 months of 2019. [representational image]

UAE nationals received $1.5bn (AED5.55bn) worth of financial aid and other social benefits from the federal government in the first nine months of 2019, which is a 2% increase compared to the same period in 2018, according to the Ministry of Finance.

The UAE government’s financial aid and social benefits expenses accounted for 14.7% of its total federal expenses of $10.3bn (AED37.8bn) between January and September 2019.

A detailed look at the financial information released by the Ministry of Finance shows that social benefits provided by the government amounted to approximately $929.7m (AED3.415bn) in the first nine months of 2019; while the financial aid provided to UAE citizens during the same period totalled $581.27m (AED2.135bn), according to state news agency Wam.

The aid, which was provided by the federal government through the Ministry of Community Development, included social support and cash assistance for eligible citizens, people of determination, and senior citizens. It also included social care payments, marriage grants, and other services to strengthen familial ties.

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