President Sheikh Mohamed has ordered that 35 million Dh35 million in humanitarian aid be sent to Somalia to support its development and alleviate extreme poverty.
The aid confirms the UAE’s eagerness to help friendly countries and its efforts to develop its bilateral relations with Somalia, the Wam news agency said.
Somalia, which on Monday re-elected President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud, is suffering from its worst drought in decades.
The UN says about 6.1 million people – about 40 percent of the population – have been affected and 760,000 people have fled their homes.
Wam said the aid was intended to improve the living conditions of the Somali people and strengthen their government’s capacity to meet humanitarian challenges.
Humanitarian organizations have said that without a significant increase in aid, Somalia could soon face the kind of famine not seen since 2011, when 260,000 people died of starvation.
The World Bank estimates that about 70 percent of the country’s 15 million people live in extreme poverty, which it defines as an income of less than $ 1.90 a day.
In February, the United Arab Emirates sent dozens of tons of aid to Somalia, including food and tankers with water to help people displaced by the drought.
Last month, a ship carrying 572 tonnes of food supplies arrived at the port of Mogadishu for distribution to about 600,000 people.