Press Release

Dubai Cares supports Anera’s Gaza Emergency Response Plan

  • The plan covers the provision of hot meals, food baskets and family tents, in coordination with UN agencies, the Shelter Cluster and local community-based organizations
  • Dubai Cares will launch a community fundraising initiative during Ramadan titled Gaza In Our Hearts in support of these efforts
  • Dubai Cares’ campaign and partnership with Anera are line with the UAE’s Tarahum for Gaza campaign

February, 29 2024 | Dubai, UAE — In an effort to provide emergency relief aid to the Palestinian people affected by the war in Gaza, Dubai Cares, a civil society organization formally associated with the United Nations Department of Global Communications (UN DGC), has partnered with Anera (American Near East Refugee Aid), in support of its Gaza Emergency Response Plan. The three-month intervention focuses on providing critically needed supplies to the growing population of internally displaced Palestinians.

Since 1968, Anera has been providing humanitarian assistance and sustainable development to advance the well-being of refugees and other vulnerable communities in Palestine, Lebanon and Jordan. The organization mobilizes resources for immediate emergency relief and for sustainable, long-term health, education, and economic development. Since the beginning of the war, Anera has been delivering millions of meals, medical treatments and supplies, hygiene kits, water, blankets, mattresses, tents, psychological support and other aid to the population of Gaza.

The partnership will allow Anera to expand on its existing support, contributing towards the delivery of hot meals, food baskets and waterproof and fire-resistant tents to families for immediate shelter. This will be done in close coordination with UN agencies, the Shelter Cluster and local community-based organizations.

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Recognizing the increasingly depleting supply of basics needed by the people of Gaza, as well as the heightened sentiment of compassion among the UAE community, and a shared desire to extend more support, Dubai Cares will launch a fundraising campaign this Ramadan. Titled, “Gaza In Our Hearts,” the campaign will channel these emotions into concrete emergency support, delivered with dignity and transparency. Members of the community can directly contribute to this campaign by:

  • Donating via SMS by texting the word “donation” to 9030, 9090, 9300, 9600 and 9900 to donate AED 30, AED 90, AED 300, AED 600 or AED 900 respectively through Etisalat by e& and du
  • Making online donations at
  • Launching their own campaign on the Dubai Cares crowdfunding platform:
  • Making a direct financial donation through bank deposit to Dubai Cares’ account or with a cheque addressed to Dubai Cares

Speaking about the significance of this partnership, which aligns with the UAE’s Tarahum for Gaza campaign, His Excellency Dr. Tariq Al Gurg, Chief Executive Officer and Vice-Chairman of Dubai Cares, said: “The UAE’s response to the war in Gaza was immediate, with the entire country, including charitable and philanthropic organizations, businesses, and the wider community, joining efforts to provide life-saving aid. As the conflict enters its sixth month, access to food and shelter has become critically low, leaving many Gazans facing ‘catastrophe’ level food insecurity. Through our partnership with Anera, we are committed to providing essential aid to the people of Gaza, who are enduring immense hardships. We are hopeful that together with the community of Dubai, we can offer emergency assistance that will not only alleviate hunger and suffering, but also nurture hope, resilience, and dignity.”

Sean C. Carroll, President and CEO of Anera said: “At this crucial time, going into the holy month of Ramadan, we know people are looking to meet critical humanitarian needs and have a positive impact in Gaza. With support from the people of the UAE, through our partnership with Dubai Cares, and our on-the-ground capacity in Gaza, Anera ensures that your donation will go to where it’s needed most. Since October 7, Anera has delivered nearly 20 million meals in Gaza, and with your support we will deliver at least 5 million more during Ramadan, and we won’t stop there, but will keep working to meet emergency needs and eventually recovery and reconstruction.”

As of February 2024, up to 1.7 million* people (over 75 percent of the population) have been displaced across Gaza, some multiple times. Since 7 October 2023, at least 29,313 Palestinians have been killed in the Gaza Strip, with 70 percent of those killed being women and children. Moreover, 69,333 Palestinians have been reportedly injured and up to 280 government schools and 65 UNRWA-run schools have been destroyed or damaged.

The UAE’s Tarahum for Gaza Campaign, which was launched in October 2023, aims to show solidarity with Palestinians affected by the ongoing war, and to alleviate the severity of the humanitarian conditions, and suffering of the most vulnerable groups, especially children, who constitute more than half the population of Gaza (more than 1 million children). The campaign is supervised by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in cooperation with the Emirates Red Crescent Authority and the World Food Programme, and in coordination with the Ministry of Community Development.


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Farah Maalouf
Lebanon Communications Manager
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About Anera
Since 1968, Anera has helped refugees and others hurt by conflicts in the Middle East live with dignity and purpose. Anera, which has no political or religious affiliation, works on the ground with partners in the West Bank, Gaza, East Jerusalem, Lebanon, and Jordan. We mobilize resources for immediate humanitarian relief and for sustainable health, education, and economic development efforts. Our staff are from the communities they serve, navigating the politics that constrict progress to get help where it’s needed most. We will keep building better lives until hope finds its way in the Middle East.

About Dubai Cares

Since its inception in 2007, Dubai Cares, part of Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Global Initiatives, has been working towards providing children and youth in developing countries with access to quality education through the design and funding of programs that aim to be impactful, sustainable and scalable. To date, the UAE-based global philanthropic organization has successfully launched education programs reaching over 24 million beneficiaries in 60 developing countries.

Dubai Cares plays a key role in helping achieve the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 4, which aims to ensure inclusive and quality education for all, and promote lifelong learning by 2030, by supporting programs in early childhood development, access to quality primary and secondary education, technical and vocational education and training for youth as well as a particular focus on education in emergencies and protracted crises. Moreover, Dubai Cares adopts a strategic approach to improve student enrollment and learning outcomes through an integrated school health and nutrition model that is made up of school-based deworming activities, school feeding, and WASH (Water, Sanitation & Hygiene) in schools.

Dubai Cares is a civil society organization formally associated with the United Nations Department of Global Communications (UN DGC), as well as a registered non-government organization under IACAD, the charitable activities regulator in Dubai. The UAE-based global philanthropic organization is authorized to raise funds through direct donations and fundraising campaigns, as well as process all permit approvals with IACAD.

Volunteerism is a powerful tool to Dubai Cares in order to engage people in tackling development challenges. Dubai Cares rallies the UAE wider community through a large spectrum of volunteering and awareness initiatives that are linked to its global mandate.

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