His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai accompanied by UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon toured the facilities at Dubai's International Humanitarian City (IHC) where they inspected the run of work at the city and the efforts exerted by IHC in collaboration with international humanitarian organisations extending humanitarian aid to people affected by disasters, displacement and hunger in the world, including Syria’s refugees.
Welcoming UN Secretary and appreciating the UN efforts in the humanitarian aid field, Sheikh Mohammed stressed the UAE’s keenness to extend all possible help to alleviate the sufferings of people in poor regions, especially in the Arab Region.
Sheikh Mohammed noted the positive cooperation between the UAE and the UN in general and its relief bodies based in Dubai, adding that the UAE backs the efforts of these organisations and provides them with all potential so that they can best carry out their duties.
Hailing IHC, Ban Ki-moon said: "The International Humanitarian City, with its offices and huge warehouse complex, is a striking example of how the international community can address global aid and development challenges more effectively by closely cooperating.”
Expressing gratitude and appreciation for the UAE’s wise leadership and its generous support for the international community in the field, Ban Ki-moon added: “I'm impressed with what I have seen and extremely grateful to Dubai and the United Arab Emirates for their generous support in helping the international community help those most in need. I share the passion of those who work at the International Humanitarian City to do the utmost to expand humanitarian efforts."
It is worth mentioning that more than half the aid now being provided to Syrian refugees and displaced people is being channelled through the IHC premises in Dubai.
Also attending the visit to IHC were Chairman of Dubai Civil Aviation and Chief Executive of Emirates Group Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Dr. Anwar Mohammed Gergash, Director of Dubai Ruler's Court Mohammed Ibrahim Al Shebani, Dubai Director of Protocol and Hospitality Khalifa Saeed Suleiman, other senior officials and members of the delegation accompanying Ban Ki-moon.
Mohammed attends 9th EFG Hermes Conference
His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of UAE and Ruler of Dubai, has attended the 9th annual EFG Hermes Conference, at Atlantis Palm Hotels and Resorts in Dubai today.
Held under the patronage of Sheikh Mohammed, the conference was also attended by Dubai Deputy Ruler Sheikh Maktoum bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Cabinet Affairs Minister Mohammed Abdullah Al Gergawi, a number of heads of institutions, financial and economic departments in the UAE.
The thee-day conference discussing investment opportunities available in Middle East and North Africa (Mena) saw the participation of about 230 investors from around the globe as well as representatives from 59 leading companies in Mena.
Mohammed pays his respects to Al Bowardi family
His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of UAE and Ruler of Dubai, offered here today his condolences at the family residence to Mohammed and Ahmed Al Bowardi on the death of their mother.
Sheikh Mohammed was accompanied by Sheikh Maktoum bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy ruler of Dubai when he paid his respects to Mohammed and Ahmed Al Bowardi, Chairman of the Executive Committee, Member of the Abu Dhabi Executive Council, Staff Major General Juma Ahmed Al Bowardi, Commander of the UAE Land Forces and the family of the deceased.
Mohammed Juma Al Naboodah, Khalifa Saeed Sulaiman, Director for the Department of Protocols and Hospitality in Dubai and a number of dignitaries were also there.
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