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Abu Dhabi, UAEWednesday 19 December 2018

Emirates and Airbus resupply UN humanitarian depot with shelters for refugees

International Humanitarian City has been busy working to provide relief to Rohingya refugees

Emirates Airline, the Airbus Foundation and the NGO Welthungerhilfe have joined forces to bring emergency shelter items from Hamburg, Germany, to the United Nations Humanitarian Response Depot (UNHRD) in Dubai, UAE. Courtesy Airbus Foundation
Emirates Airline, the Airbus Foundation and the NGO Welthungerhilfe have joined forces to bring emergency shelter items from Hamburg, Germany, to the United Nations Humanitarian Response Depot (UNHRD) in Dubai, UAE. Courtesy Airbus Foundation

Emirates Airline, the Airbus Foundation and the German NGO Welthungerhilfe have joined forces to bring emergency shelter items from Hamburg to the United Nations Humanitarian Response Depot in Dubai.

An aircraft this week flew in more than 1,000 tarpaulins, enough to house about 500 families.

The goodwill flight is part of the cooperation between Emirates Airline and the Airbus Foundation which was created in 2013 to utilise future A380 Emirates deliveries for transporting humanitarian aid to the UNHRD. Since the start of the cooperation 125 tonnes of goods have been transported.

Till Wahnbaeck, chief executive director of Welthungerhilfe, said: "Our successful response to emergency situations relies on strong and reliable partners and professional preparation. This flight is an example how different partners can make a difference to save lives in emergency assistance."

International Humanitarian City has been the base for a number of aid flights to Rohingya refugees in recent weeks.