Dubai is best known for adopting measures to facilitate different types of businesses. It is the reason behind growth of non-oil sector in this emirate even though is part of a country primarily dependent on oil sector. But another quality of rulers of Dubai (and UAE) is their struggle for betterment of human cause. Most of us are well aware about the facilities Dubai provide to its citizens, residents and tourists. But another bright feature of Dubai is its assistance for overall humanity. A perfect example is the presence of International Humanitarian City (IHC) in Dubai.
IHC is a special free zone dedicated for humanitarian purpose. This free zone is used for distribution of humanitarian aid across the globe. In order to achieve this target, various departments of UN, several international NGOs, intergovernmental organizations and commercial companies have their existence in IHC. Few of the most important organizations include: UNHCR, UNICEF, WHO, UNDP, UNDSS, OCHA, WFP (World Food Program), Red Crescent and Red Cross, UN University, World Vision and others.
IHC was founded in 2003 with the merger of Dubai Humanitarian City (DHC) and Dubai Aid City (DAC). After more than 14 years of its foundation, IHC has now been regarded as the world’s largest humanitarian hub. After approval of its expansion, the area covered by IHC will increase to more than 300,000 sq. metres in size. There are several important reasons that world renowned organizations and companies have setup their offices in IHC. Few of these include:
- IHC is located at a strategic location with just 18 km from Al Maktoum Airport and 21 km from Jebel Ali Port (world’s largest man-made port). This location allows different organizations to move shipments from sea to air in just 10 minutes
- This designated free zone is completely free from all types of taxes. Recently, it was also exempted form VAT (value added tax)
- Best facilities of transport modes, value-added services, warehousing and correlation of government, private sector and local community is available
- IHC is chaired by Princess Haya bint Al Hussein (wife of Dubai’s ruler Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum). It is helpful for this specific free zone to get government approval for fundraising in UAE
The presence of world renowned international organizations, NGOs and several commercial companies along with the facilities provided at IHC clearly indicates the importance of this particular free zone for companies providing humanitarian assistance. Such companies can also attain growth by setting up their offices in IHC. To make this process simple and quick, you can contact Riz & Mona Consultancy via our landline # 971-4-5586339.