The UAE’s humanitarian efforts have been recognised, giving the country another reason to celebrate as 2017 comes to a close.
According to data from the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development, the UAE was the world’s largest aid donor in 2016, relative to its national income.
For the said year, the UAE’s official development aid given to various noble causes totalled AED 15.57 billion and represented 1.21 percent of the country’s gross national income. Over 58 percent of this aid was through grants.
Following the UAE in the list, respectively, are Norway, Luxembourg and Sweden.
The recognition is timely as the country wraps up celebrating 2017 as the Year of Giving and prepares to mark the 100th birthday of the founding father, Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, in 2018, with a year-long celebration of events and activities that reflect his values and visions.
Aside from steering the UAE towards modernity and progress, the charismatic late leader is also revered for his generosity in spirit and willingness to help people and nations in need of assistance.
Sultan Mohammed Al Shamsi, assistant minister of foreign affairs and international cooperation for international development affairs, applauded the recognition while crediting top officials for tirelessly adopting altruistic initiatives to benefit the less privileged.