"The Biggest Humanitarian Event in the Middle East"

12th Dubai International Humanitarian Aid & Development Conference & Exhibition - DIHAD 2015


24-26 March 2015, Dubai, United Arab Emirates 


Message from the Director of DISAB for DIHAD 2015"At DIHAD 2015, we will capitalise on existing partnerships and past discussions in our attempt to arrive at a number of constructive conclusions. Moreover we will try, by bringing together international agencies, governmental and non-governmental organisations, foundations and charities, the media and academia, the corporate s ector, Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies as well as individual practitioners and experts, to make valuable contributions to the ongoing global discussions on development goals, climate change, disaster reduction, and best practices in the realm of humanitarian assistance."




Christos Stylianides @StylianidesEU  2015-03-22
[European Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management - EU Ebola Coordinator]
On my way to #DIHAD in Dubai. Compassion and solidarity unite humanitarian actors from East and West.


Picture of Dubai on 2015-03-23 from United Arab Emirates (UAE) media link





Christos Stylianides @StylianidesEU 2015-03-24

Keynote speech in #DIHAD Calling for humanitarian partnership. What binds us together is our shared common humanity.


Christos Stylianides @StylianidesEU 2015-03-24

Full text of my speech at #DIHAD We need to invest in diversified partnerships 



Christos Stylianides @StylianidesEU 2015-03-24

Sowing the seeds of cooperation with the UAE MICAD on humanitarian aid. Agreed on less words and more action #DIHAD



French Delegation at the 12th Dubai International Humanitarian Aid And Development Conference & Exhibition


DIHAD retweeted 2015-03-25

France Diplomatie @francediplo  2015-03-25

[Ministère des Affaires étrangères et du Développement international - Quai d'Orsay]

L'équipe #France au @dihad : #ONG#entreprises, État réunissent toutes les expertises au service de l'#humanitaire





"International Humanitarian City", A free-zone hub in Dubai, United Arab Emirates

“the world’s very first humanitarian logistical hub”



“The IHC's capabilities and its strategic location, which puts it within seven hours by air for two-thirds of the world's population, have helped deliver assistance during some of the worst humanitarian crises of the past decade”



Picture from http://www.ihc.ae/page/global-hub

Citations from http://www.emirates247.com/news/government/mohammed-launches-strategy-for-international-humanitarian-city-2015-01-12-1.576332





UNHRD @unhrd  2015-03-23
EU Commissioner @StylianidesEU visiting Dubai depot w. @IHC_UAE's CEO @ShaimaAlZarooni & UNHRD’s Network Coordinator 




Christos Stylianides @StylianidesEU 2015-03-23
[European Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management - EU Ebola Coordinator]
In International Humanitarian City discussing cooperation opportunities with CEO Zarooni #DIHAD





Christos Stylianides @StylianidesEU 2015-03-23
[European Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management - EU Ebola Coordinator]
Discussing impressive IHS capacities in @WFP depot #DIHAD









The International Humanitarian City (IHC) is a logistics centre for the distribution of humanitarian aid. Based in Dubai, the IHC now hosts nine United Nations agencies and more than 40* NGOs and commercial entities all engaged in delivering aid both in crises and to support long-term economic development. Members range from purely logistics entities to educational, research and media offices.

Note: *60 according to article below


IHC members have more than 300 staff and 93,000 square metres of warehousing, plus facilities for offices, training and conferences and dedicated space to host evacuated aid workers during violent conflict. Members store a broad range of emergency aid items ranging from water purifiers to portable offices to vehicles. Communications equipment, specialized foods, medicines, tents and blankets form a large part of the inventory. Major users are the UN Humanitarian Response Depot --an umbrella logistics network servicing both the UN and NGO partners -- UNHCR, WFP, the Red Crescent and Red Cross, OCHA, UNICEF, UN University, UNDP, UNDSS, WHO, and World Vision.


IHC members have procured and shipped aid from the IHC hub to cope with the ongoing civil conflicts in Syria and Afghanistan, flood recovery and educational projects in Pakistan, and recurring drought in East Africa. Assistance is shipped as far away as Latin America and aid was even dispatched from Dubai to Haiti after the 2010 earthquake.




An independent free zone authority created by Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum and the Government of Dubai through the merger of Dubai Aid City (DAC) and Dubai Humanitarian City (DHC).


IHC is a non-religious, non-political and nonprofit organisation, chaired by Jordanian Princess Haya Bint Al Hussein, wife of Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates.



HRH Princess Haya Bint Al Hussein

Picture from http://www.ihc.ae/page/who-we-are


IHC provides its member organisations with a range of specialised services to facilitate their operations -- offices, conference management, facilities management, government services, portals for recruitment, volunteerism, and pro-bono work and public events, plus donor assistance and press office functions.





External links


IHC official website


Who we are: http://www.ihc.ae/page/who-we-are




Excerpts from the article:

The International Humanitarian City aims to become a leader that champions humanitarian efforts through innovation and cooperation, pioneering the way as the world’s very first humanitarian logistical hub.


Ban Ki-Moon, Secretary General of the United Nations, gave a recorded message expressing his sincere gratitude to the President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan and Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid for their exceptional humanitarian accomplishments. He also praised the UAE for its prominent role and its commitment to work with the UN while providing vital logistical and financial support. He went on to reiterate the UN’s support for the International Humanitarian City.


Established in 2003 by Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, the IHC has grown to become the world’s largest and busiest logistics hub for humanitarian aid with UN agencies and other NGOs and commercial entities as members.


The IHC's capabilities and its strategic location, which puts it within seven hours by air for two-thirds of the world's opulation, have helped deliver assistance during some of the worst humanitarian crises of the past decade, including the 2004 tsunami in Southeast Asia, the recurring drought in the Horn of Africa, civil unrest in Afghanistan and Darfur, and the 2010 earthquake in Haiti. Also, the IHC has been heavily engaged in the emergency response to Syria and the Philippines.


Shaima Al Zarooni, IHC CEO, in a statement after the launch, said the IHC has become the reliable international centre for humanitarian assistance in the Middle East and Africa, noting that the IHC has delivered humanitarian assistance over the past decade to the tune of more than Dh1 billion in total. She added that assistance is usually delivered within three to seven hours with Al Maktoum International Airport as the base.





Yemen crisis




Article by Michael Stephens

Michael Stephens is a research fellow for Middle East studies and head of the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI) in Qatar.



"The Houthis hold long standing grievances with the government concerning its relatively poor treatment of regions around Saada (the Houthis nominal capital), and issues of socio-economic distribution of wealth were primarily the causes of the mutual enmity which slowly built up between the Houthis and the selectively generous state. The trigger for this particular round of Houthi-Government violence (and there have been many since 2004) leading to President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi's ouster was in fact the Houthis' displeasure with the government plans to cut fuel subsidies in August last year."

"But the Houthis are not hugely popular outside of their traditional constituencies, the reaction of Yemenis in Taiz and Sanaa has been decidedly mixed, with pro-Houthi propaganda frequently being torn off walls or defaced by irate residents."


"Protests against Houthi rule have also broken out in numerous towns to the south of the capital and it is unlikely that a Houthi-dominated state could ever work in the long run, particularly in the south where a cosmopolitan population is deeply hostile to notions of northern control."


"The position of the Houthis is presently defiant, but it is unlikely to remain so provided a package to recognise at least some of their ideas for constitutional amendments are met."


"Without a political agreement that moves beyond the GCC agreements of 2011 there can be no peace in Yemen."




New York Times World @nytimesworld  2015-03-26

What you need to know about the crisis in Yemen nyti.ms/1xCbfTC


New York Times World @nytimesworld  2015-03-27

The geography of chaos in Yemen nyti.ms/1CesngD pic.twitter.com/ADIRvYlMLT






Picture of Sana Old City from http://www.maciejdakowicz.com/features/yemen/





Liz Sly retweeted  2015-03-26
[Liz Sly: Washington Post Beirut bureau chief covering Syria, Lebanon, Iraq]
Ellen Knickmeyer@EllenKnickmeyer
Saudis detail their justification for Yemen intervention. http://www.mofa.gov.sa/sites/mofaen/ServicesAndInformation/news/GovernmentNews/Pages/ArticleID2015326101948670.aspx



Our countries have been expeditious in exerting all the efforts to stand with the neighborly people of Yemen in order to bring back its security and stability through establishing a political process launched by the Gulf States’ initiative and executive mechanisms, and to safeguard the region from the repercussions of this coup.


And in this framework, the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) responded to the request of his Excellency the President Abd Rabbo Mansour Hadi, which was introduced on 7 March 2015, requesting the convening of a conference in Riyadh under the umbrella of the GCC to be attended by all political Yemeni parties wishing to preserve the security and stability of Yemen.



And at the time when the preparations were taking place to convene this conference, we received a letter from His Excellency the President Abdo Rabbo Mansour Hadi, and the following is the text of the letter:







2015-07-27: Meeting of EU High Representative with Saudi Arabian Minister for Foreign Affairs


Long good meeting in Riyadh with FM of #SaudiArabia Al Jubeir on Syria, Yemen, #MiddleEast, #IranDeal, human rights

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In case missed: @FedericaMog speaking after meeting #SaudiArabia FM Adel bin Ahmed AL-JUBEIR http://europa.eu/!cT36xQ 

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I have particularly appreciated our common visions on the Middle East Peace Process, where we in the European Union believe that the Saudi Arabia has a key role to play, in particular in reviving the Arab Peace Initiative that could be an important element of the way forward to restart the process that at the moment is not in place. We are very much aware in the European Union that the lack of process in itself is creating a vacuum that is extremely dangerous, in Gaza, in Jerusalem and in the West Bank.


We have discussed the ways of cooperating together with other friends and partners in the region and in the international scene, such as the United States, the UN, Russia, other key Arab countries, to recreate the conditions for a Middle East Peace Process to bring concrete results on the ground and the creation of the Palestinian State on one side and on the other the right of Israel to live in security.


We have also shared common approach on the need to put an end to the too long-lasting war in Syria (...).


As it is, as the Minister very rightly said, it's time to support the Iraqi reform agenda in a very concrete and operational way to make sure that the Sunni community - not only in Iraq, but also actually in all the Arab countries - is empowered so it can lead the fight against Da’esh, with a leading role and with full powers.


As you know, tomorrow, I will be visiting Tehran

and my message to Tehran - and we discussed this with the Minister at length - will also be that of taking the opportunity to shape a different regional framework. Passing from confrontation to cooperation could lead the way to solving, starting to solve many of the regional crises we are facing in this part of the world.


And we, as Europeans, will invest all our political capital to try and facilitate the change of paradigm to pass from confrontation to cooperation in this region.