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International Humanitarian City

24/06/2016 Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Google+ Dubai

International Humanitarian City

The IHC was established by Law Number (6) of 2007. H.H Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai issued a new Law Number (1) of 2012 concerning the IHC. Please view Law 1 here.

Established in 2003 by HH Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, the International Humanitarian City (IHC) is a non-profit, independent free-zone authority mandated to facilitate international humanitarian aid. The IHC is among the 28 entities that make up the Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Global Initiatives, the largest development foundation in the Middle East. IHC puts Dubai”s expertise in transport, logistics and innovation at work, enabling aid agencies to reach victims of crises and alleviate the suffering of those who are scarred by hunger and poverty.

Since its establishment, IHC has grown to become the world’s largest and busiest logistics hub for humanitarian aid with nine UN agencies and nearly 50 NGOs and commercial entities within its member pool. IHC is the world’s only free-zone designated to humanitarian response, make its work unparalleled. The IHC”s capabilities and strategic location — within eight hours by air to two-thirds of the world”s population — have helped deliver assistance in some of the worst humanitarian crises of the past decade, including the 2010 Haiti earthquake, the recurring wars in Gaza, the Syrian refugee crisis in Jordan, the Ebola epidemic in West Africa, as well as the Nepal earthquake and Cyclone Pam in 2015. IHC has also carried out several evacuation operations over the years protecting over 600 UN staff from conflict in Afghanistan, Yemen and Egypt.


“The leading global humanitarian hub in logistics, innovation, & collaboration, empowering its members to create lasting change in the lives of people in need”

IHC’s vision is to be the world’s largest and most efficient global humanitarian hub in logistics, innovation and collaboration. We empower our members’ ability to create lasting change in the lives of people in need by facilitating the coordination and collaboration to deliver humanitarian aid.


The IHC is a non-profit, independent free zone authority mandated by the Government of Dubai to facilitate international humanitarian aid by:
◾Enable leading humanitarian actors with world-class logistics infrastructure, value-added services and administrative support
◾Enable the networking and knowledge sharing of humanitarian organisations
◾Promote research and facilitate innovation in the humanitarian space, with emphasis on risk reduction
◾Facilitate coordination and collaboration between international organisations and UAE local entities in their aid delivery efforts


The International Humanitarian City (IHC) operates from highly secured premises designed to meet the specific needs of its members, offering them state of the art facilities within the 104,000 sqm complex and providing them with a range of customized services to facilitate their humanitarian operations.

IHC provides its members with: a warehouse complex of 52,015 sqm, including specialized cold storage for perishables and medical supplies; an office complex of 11,766 sqm; Facilities management services including maintenance, security, and leasing; assistance with customs formalities, visas issuance, and other government services; and registration and licensing of humanitarian organizations and commercial companies as well as a variety of benefits and value added services.

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