The UAE is celebrating Zayed Humanitarian Work Day on 4th June to honour the life and legacy of the UAE’s founder.
Held annually on the 19th day of Ramadan, the anniversary of the founding father’s passing, the national celebration is held in recognition of the humanitarian efforts of the UAE led by Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan.
The late leader was passionate about charitable work. In fact, between 1971 and 2004, 117 countries around the world benefitted from AED90.5 billion in charitable aid from the UAE.
Today, the country continues to provide aid for other nations in need, carrying on this legacy. In 2017 the nation was ranked first in the world for foreign aid, according to statistics from the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development.
“We are following in the footsteps of the father, the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan al Nahyan, to provide humanitarian and development aid, which is a key component of the UAE’s foreign policy,” president HH Sheikh Khalifa said.
“The country will continue following its cultural approach in its relations with other countries, and call for justice for the oppressed, and build bridges of love and cooperation between various people, to achieve peace and prosperity.”
To date, the UAE’s foreign aid has assisted 188 countries, through effective global initiatives, international partnerships and humanitarian services.