Abu Dhabi: International reports released by organisations and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) showed that the UAE government has disbursed $70 billion [about Dh256.7 billion] in foreign aid, which is more than 3.5 per cent of the UAE's GDP since he federation was born in 1971.

On the occasion of the 36th anniversary of the UAE National Day, prominent figures at the Centre for Information Affairs yesterday highlighted the immense efforts invested by the nation to help other countries across the globe.

Development goal

"The UAE has never announced their efforts in helping other nations so I take this occasion to show how much effort was invested in achieving the United Nations Millennium Development Goal in 2002 ..." said Dr Khalid Alloush, UN Resident Coordinator/UNDP, Resident Representative to the UAE.

Dr Alloush noted that the Red Crescent Society in 2006 spent Dh220 million on the development and relief of 30 projects all over the world.

The Abu Dhabi Development Fund spent Dh19.2 billion from 1971 to 2003 helping 65 countries across the globe and the Zayed Bin Sultan Charity Society spent Dh355 million on investments and building knowledge across 30 different countries from 1993 to 2007.