ABU DHABI // The UAE charity, the Khalifa Bin Zayed Foundation, will fund a Dh139.5million motorway between Wana and Angoor Ada in South Waziristan, Pakistan, according to the news agency Wam.
The project, to be named the Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Wana-Angoor Ada Highway, was announced this week by the UAE Project to Assist Pakistan (UAE PAP).
It is due for completion by the start of next year, according to Abdullah Al Ghafli, the director of UAE PAP, who was speaking at a ceremony in Islamabad to mark the first anniversary of the organisation.
Construction of the 50km motorway was greeted with enthusiasm by dignitaries at the ceremony.
The UAE's ambassador to Pakistan, Eissa Basha Al Nuaimi, said the project reflected the two country's deep-rooted and long-standing relationship and reiterated the UAE's commitment to assisting reconstruction and development efforts in Pakistan.
"The UAE PAP represents a landmark in relations with Pakistan and is among the pioneering efforts launched in South Asia in response to the United Nations Millennium Development Goals," he said. "The UAE is now the top donor of assistance to Pakistan."
During a ceremony to mark the new project, Mr Al Ghafli said UAE PAP was constructing 51 projects including 41 schools, 10 institutes and colleges. It was planning to build new model schools at a cost of about Dh95m.
Maj Gen Zahir Shah, the environment minister of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, said that with a value of Dh404m, PAP was giving positive results in areas such as education, water, transport and public health.
The UAE is among the top-10 donors of foreign aid.
In 2010, it gave more than Dh2.8billion in foreign aid and pledged the same for future disbursement, according to the UAE Foreign Aid 2010 Report.