Abu Dhabi:

The UAE has played a historic and strategic role in Yemen as part of the Saudi-led Arab coalition, stated a report issued by the Emirates News Agency (WAM) on Thursday.

The UAE played a massive role in liberating Marib from Al Houthis and forces loyal to ousted Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh, as well as liberating the Marib damn which was rebuilt by the late Shaikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan. Since the role of the Arab coalition in Yemen is to end the rebellion and restore stability to the country, the coalition soon announced the launch of Operation Restoring Hope following Operation Decisive Storm in order to complete the liberation of Yemen and reconstruct it following the destruction caused by Al Houthis and Saleh.

Following the liberation of Aden, the UAE focused on supplying urgent aid to the city and nearby areas.

On the humanitarian front, the Emirates Red Crescent (ERC) provided the city with 2,315 tonnes of medical aid, in addition to 300 tonnes of food aid supplied by the Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Foundation (KBZF). The UAE also worked on the renovation of various hospitals and health centres in Aden at a cost of Dh35 million.

The ERC carried out a number of development projects for the education sector in Aden at a cost of Dh81.3 million, which includes the renovation of 154 schools. The ERC has already renovated 34 schools, with the total expected to rise to 154 schools that will be ready to receive students and resume operations in the coming school year.

The UAE has also worked on restoring power to majority of areas in Aden through the renovation of power stations and purchase of new generators. The total cost of power generating projects was carried out at a cost of Dh217.3 million. The power station that was provided by the UAE contributes to generating 90 per cent of power used to offer lighting in various affected areas.