UAE invests $6bn to Yemen with infra, healthcare, education projects
The financial assistance reportedly ranks high in UAE's aid programme with $2.95bn (AED10.83bn) towards public service
The UAE's Emirates Red Crescent has revealed that it invested $6bn (AED22bn) to aid the rehabilitation of schools, hospitals, rebuild airports, as well as the expansion of roads and housing units across Yemen from April 2015-February 2020.
According to figures released by Emirates Red Crescent indicate, as reported by the UAE’s state-news agency Wam, the funds were also used for other projects for Yemen's widows, orphans and people of determination.
The UAE’s financial assistance ranks high in its aid programme with a total of $2.95bn (AED10.83bn) to support public service programmes, especially in health and education.
The assistance included relief campaigns to provide food aid to the displaced and to build 1,000 houses after the flash floods and torrential rains that struck Hadramout in Yemen.
In the health sector, the UAE contributed towards establishing and rehabilitating 110 hospitals, medical centres and clinics, and providing 77 ambulances.
The assistance also included the construction of a surgery centre; a kidney dialysis unit; a maternity centre; and two centres for treating people of determination; in addition to launching mobile clinics; rehabilitating and equipping the Republic Hospital in Aden and raising its capacity, as well as enhancing its treatment services across specialties.
In addition, the UAE also equipped the Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan Hospital in the Socotra Island in Yemen; ensured maintenance and restoration of the Irka Health Center in Shabwa Governorate; as well as the rehabilitation and maintenance of Al Mokha General Hospital in the Yemeni Governorate of Taez.
In the education sector, the UAE contributed through an aid amounting to $80m (AED294m). The region rehabilitated and restored 360 educational facilities that included schools, kindergartens and institutes.
The total number of students who benefitted from the UAE education assistance until the end of 2018 reached 2,491,996.