The UN Humanitarian Response Depot in Dubai plays a leading role in emergency preparedness and response worldwide. It is located in the International Humanitarian City (IHC), an independent free zone created to support humanitarian operations. It was built in 2008 and is generously made available by the Government of the United Arab Emirates.
In 2016, Partners using UNHRD’s Dubai depot included: ACF, ADRA, CARE, Catholic Relief Service, Cooperazione Italiana, Handicap International, IOM, International Rescue Committee, INTERSOS, Irish Aid, Lutheran World Relief, Norwegian Chruch Aid, Save the Children, ShelterBox, UNDP, UNICEF, WFP, WeltHungerHilfe, WHO, and World Vision International. The depot dispatched USD 25.8 million worth of emergency equipment and relief items on behalf of 22 Partners, supporting humanitarian interventions in 68 countries.