Flight with relief for quake-affected Indonesia takes off from Dubai

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Filed on October 15, 2018 | Last updated on October 15, 2018 at 06.11 am
Flight with relief for quake-affected Indonesia takes off from Dubai


Aid will help those hit by earthquake and tsunami.

A flight containing emergency aid for those affected by the earthquake and tsunami that struck Indonesia last month took off from Dubai earlier today.

Princess Haya bint Al Hussein, wife of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, shared on social media photos of an Emirates plane being loaded with relief goods.

On Instagram, Princess Haya wrote: "A flight carrying emergency shelter for the people impacted by the Indonesian earthquake has left Dubai." She added that Dubai's International Humanitarian City (IHC) facilitated the transportation of the goods on behalf of Unicef. Princess Haya said that the aid will provide "essential equipment and support to those who need it the most."

A video posted by the International Humanitarian City on Instagram revealed that a total of 92 metric tonnes of aid was sent from Dubai to Indonesia. In a noble gesture, the transportation cost of the cargo aircraft was covered by the Dubai ruler himself.

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#UNICEF sent 92 MT of #relief items from their stocks located in Dubai's International Humanitarian City warehouses to help with the aftermath of the devastating #earthquake and tsunami that hit #Indonesia. The transportation cost of the cargo aircraft chartered by IHC was kindly covered by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai; IHC CEO, Giuseppe Saba, supervised the loading in #Dubai airport this morning. ????? ?????? #???????? 92 ??? ?? ????????? ????????? ?? ??????? ?? ???????? ??????? ???????? ??????? ????????? ?? ??? ???? ?????? ?????????? ?? ??????? ?????????? ????????? ????? ???? #?????????? ???? ???? ?? ???? ????? ????? ???? ?? ???? ?? ????? ???? ???? ?????? ???? ???? ??????? ???? ??? ?????? ????? ????? ??? ??? ??????? ????????? ??????? ???????? ??????? ?????????. ??? ???? ?????? ???????? ??????? ???????? ??????? ?????????? ?????? ?????? ????? ??? ????? ??????? ?? ???? ??? ???? ?????.

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The Indonesian island of Sulawesi was struck by a 7.5 magnitude earthquake on September 28. The quake resulted in a devastating tsunami, with the twin disasters claiming the lives of 1,763 people, according to official estimates.

The UAE has gone to great lengths to help humanitarian causes around the world. Last year, Khaleej Times reported that the UAE has spent Dh174 billion in aid. This went to 178 countries around the globe between 1971 and 2014.

According to a report released by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, the assistance ranged from disaster relief efforts and infrastructure projects to polio eradication efforts and help for refugees.

The country's humanitarian spirit was formed by the  Father of the Nation, Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan who went to enormous lengths to ensure that the UAE was among the world's top countries in humanitarian works.

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