UAE announces $5 million in humanitarian assistance for Ukraine

The United Arab Emirates has announced US$5 million in humanitarian assistance to benefit civilians impacted by the situation in Ukraine. The contribution is made to the United Nations’ Humanitarian Flash Appeal and the Regional Refugee Response Plan for Ukraine and is a reflection of the UAE’s emphasis on humanitarian solidarity in conflict settings. The information was published by Emirates News Agency.

The UAE has underscored the importance of focusing on the deteriorating humanitarian situation for civilians, including by ensuring their protection, as well as preventing the unimpeded access for humanitarian agencies and actors and safe passage for those seeking to leave the country without discrimination or obstacles as stated during the UN Security Council’s meeting on the humanitarian situation in Ukraine on 28 February.

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres officially launched the appeal to fund the UN’s humanitarian operations in Ukraine on 1 March 2022. According to UN reports, this assistance is critical in supporting the thousands of people suffering due to disruptions in essential services.

The Ukrainian Embassy in Abu Dhabi states on its Facebook page that according to the UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, the Memorandum of Understanding between the CMU and the UAE government on mutual abolition of visa requirements has been restored.

Thus, all Ukrainian citizens arriving in the UAE starting from March 3, 2022 have a right for visa-free entry and stay in the Emirates according to the rules of the above mentioned Memorandum.

The UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation additionally informed that taking into consideration the humanitarian conditions of Ukrainian nationals it was decided to give Ukrainian citizens who visited the UAE by March 3, 2022 a possibility to stay in the UAE for up to one year provided that the corresponding procedure for prolongation of their stay in the UAE (without penalties for prolonging the stay in the UAE) is followed.

Details on the procedure for continuation of stay in the UAE will be announced after confirmation from the Emirates.

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