Dubai Sheikh Sends Haiti £300,000 Of Aid In His Private Jet
Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum, the ruler of Dubai, has just sent £300,000 worth of aid to Haiti in his private jet.
After the Caribbean island was ravaged by the Category Four Hurricane Matthew last week, The Emir of Dubai has contributed to the relief efforts.
He sent 90 tonnes of emergency supplies to the people of Haiti in his own personal Boeing 747.
The Sheikh was unable to accompany the aid team to Haiti himself (thus, I’m unable to make a perhaps inappropriate joke about these goddamn Sheikhs on these goddamn planes).
However, the Sheikh’s wife, HRH Princess Haya Bint Al Hussein was charged with personally overseeing the aid from United Arab Emirates was delivered safely.
She documented the much publicised journey through Instagram.
The relief mission sent tents, mosquito nets, medical supplies and water purification units.
The Princess was met by Jordanian peacekeepers after the plane flew through a bad storm, reflecting just of fraction of the horrors the people of Haiti must’ve experienced during Hurricane Matthew.
Once the Princess arrived, she documented the destruction in the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew.
As Haiti, the poorest country in the Western hemisphere, battled to recover from the 2010 earthquake and an ongoing cholera outbreak, Hurricane Matthew wreaked havoc across the island on Monday.
Tragically, the death toll has reached over 1000 and 300,000 Haitians have been displaced after the tropical storm destroyed their homes and livelihoods.
Many are now living in temporary shelters.
The UN has estimated that 1.4 million people in Haiti require urgent assistance and have put out an appeal for $120 million (£98 million).
While we hope more countries follow suit and rally around to help the Haiti relief effort, our thoughts are with the families who have lost their homes and loved ones.