As a regional hub with the infrastructure and logistics network to facilitate an efficient supply chain, Dubai is a natural location for humanitarian organisations, Non-Profits and NGOs aiming to reach the broader region. Owing to Dubai’s strategic geographic position on the path between the Middle East, Asia and Africa, its location enables the humanitarian community to reach, within 4-8 hours, two-thirds of the world’s population living in hazard-prone areas.
Benefiting from the status of Dubai as a hub for transport modes, logistics, and value-added services, Dubai offers innovative options to support humanitarian response through its facilities, warehousing and network of partners in the private sector, local community, and government. The international humanitarian community in Dubai consists of about 500 people representing more than 73 nationalities.
Dubai International Humanitarian City
Taking pride of place in the humanitarian community in Dubai is International Humanitarian City (IHC), the world’s largest humanitarian logistics centre. IHC is the only non-profit, independent, humanitarian Free Zone Authority hosting a community of around 80 members, comprised of UN Organisations, NGOs, and Non-Profits including the World Health Organization, the United Nations Refugee Agency, the International Committee of the Red Cross, the World Food Program and UNICEF. IHC offices and warehouses have expanded to 135,000 square meters in size and its members are permitted to conduct fundraising activities in the United Arab Emirates with the partnership and support from the City to obtain government approvals.