International Humanitarian City (IHC)

The International Humanitarian City puts Dubai’s expertise in transport and logistics to work for aid agencies as they reach out to help the victims of crises and families whose lives are scarred by hunger and poverty. 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 2004 tsunami in Southeast Asia, the recurring drought in the Horn of Africa, civil unrest in Afghanistan and Darfur and the 2010 earthquake in Haiti.

Established by HH Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai in 2003, the IHC has grown to become the world’s largest and busiest logistics hub for humanitarian aid with nine UN agencies and 44 NGOs and commercial entities as members.

IHC is a non- religious, non- political, nonprofit organization acting both as an operational platform and a physical and virtual meeting place, IHC provides nonprofit organizations, companies, donors, volunteers, governments and those striving to save lives with a common ground for collaboration.

  • Operations and Facilities: Leasing Offices & Warehouses, Facilities Management and Security
  • Government Services: Immigration Services, Official certificates and membership identification
  • Registration Services: Registration and Licensing
  • Press Office: Publication of IHC members’ latest news on the IHC website
  • IHC Media Watch: Online news monitoring services and daily newsletter
  • Building Local Capacity: conducting briefings & site visits for university students, posting job openings and internship opportunities either within the authority or member organizations, and trainings and workshops conducted by experience humanitarian professionals
  • Volunteer & Pro-Bono e-Portal: Access to online volunteer database and pro-bono database and posting volunteer appeals
  • Events and Networking: Initiates and participates in local and international events in partnership with humanitarian experts and stakeholders

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