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Dubai charities donate $14m towards efforts to combat spread of coronavirus

Initiatives range from funding for ambulances to computers to support distance learning

Dubai charities donate $14m towards efforts to combat spread of coronavirus
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Charities in Dubai have donated AED52 million ($14.15 million) to help the campaign to combat the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus in the UAE, the state news agency WAM reported on Saturday.

The Islamic Affairs & Charitable Activities Department donated a total of AED8 million and an ambulance to support the UAE’s preventive measures.

In another humanitarian contribution, Ibrahim Boumelha, Deputy Chairman of the Board of Trustees at the Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Humanitarian & Charity Establishment, announced a AED7 million donation.

Dar Al Ber Society announced a AED19 million donation, which includes a AED12 million donation by an Emirati family business group to provide ambulances and medical equipment to the Dubai Corporation for Ambulance Services. As part of this donation Dar Al Ber also contributed AED7 million to support the health sector.

Also joining the contributions was Beit Al Khair Society, which announced a donation of AED10 million, while Tariq Al Gurg, CEO of Dubai Cares, announced a AED5 million donation to provide 3,200 computers to support the distance learning initiative in Dubai, in coordination with the Dubai Education Zone.

The Dubai Charity Association also extended financial support to the preventive efforts undertaken in the country by donating AED3 million to key authorities.

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