x Abu Dhabi, UAE Friday 21 July 2017

UAE collaboration gives humanitarian efforts a boost

International Humanitarian City and Care by Air charity agree to work together to aid UAE's relief efforts.

The UAE’s International Humanitarian City (IHC) logistics centre and Care by Air charity have agreed to collaborate to aid the country’s relief efforts.

Under an agreement signed in the capital yesterday, Care by Air, an Abu Dhabi non-profit organisation, will fly humanitarian cargo for UN agencies and international charities based in the IHC “at cost”.

“I am so pleased to say that the Care by Air model is gathering momentum boosted by the shared common goals of the members,” said Fathi Buhahazza, president and chief executive of Maximus Air, which founded Care by Air in 2008.

“Such humanitarian initiatives can accomplish even more and move forward by strengthening the public and private partnership model.”

Through its operations, the organisation hopes leading air cargo airlines and logistics companies will help to improve the lives of millions by donating empty cargo space on flights at cost, waiving handling, landing or parking fees, or discounting fuel prices.

IHC in Dubai is one of the largest logistic centres for humanitarian aid and provides UN agencies, NGOs and commercial members with warehouses, logistics support and services such as training.

pkannan@thenational.ae