Dubai charities donate $14.15m to combat COVID-19

The donations are geared towards ambulances, critical medical equipment, health facilities, and distance learning projects

Dubai charities donate $14.15m to combat COVID-19 [representative image]
Dubai charities donate $14.15m to combat COVID-19 [representative image]

Dubai-based charity organisations have donated a total of $14.15m (AED52m) to support the UAE’s efforts to combat the novel coronavirus outbreak (COVID-19).

The donations, which also support healthcare and educational institutions in the country, demonstrate the commitment of various community stakeholders to fight the global pandemic.

The announcement is in line with the UAE’s efforts to safeguard the health and safety of its citizens, residents and visitors, according to the state-run news agency, Wam.

The Islamic Affairs & Charitable Activities department donated a total of $2.17m (AED8m) and an ambulance to support the UAE’s preventive measures against COVID-19.

The deputy chairman of the Board of Trustees at the Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Humanitarian & Charity Establishment, Ibrahim Boumelha, also offered a $1.9m (AED7m) donation, stating that the establishment will contribute towards covering the costs of critical equipment.

In addition, the Dar Al Ber Society revealed a $5.17m (AED19m) donation, which includes a $3.26m (AED12m) donation by an Emirati family business group to provide ambulances and medical equipment to the Dubai Corporation for Ambulance Services. As part of this donation, Dar Al Ber contributed an additional $1.9m (AED7m) to support the health sector.

The Beit Al Khair Society donated $2.72m (AED10m) to strengthen the capabilities of key sectors, especially the healthcare sector, while the chief executive officer of Dubai Cares, Tariq Al Gurg, offered a $1.36m (AED5m) donation to support distance learning through the provision of 3,200 computers, in coordination with the Dubai Education Zone.

The Dubai Charity Association also extended financial support to the preventive efforts undertaken in the country by donating $816,770 (AED3m) to key authorities.

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