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UAE Cabinet allocates $545 million to address home damages caused by rain

His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum in the UAE Cabinet meeting stated that a ministerial committee has been tasked to oversee the work, assess damages, and disburse compensations in cooperation with other federal and local entities

UAE Cabinet allocates $545 million to address home damages caused by rain

His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum chaired the UAE Cabinet meeting today at Qasr Al Watan in Abu Dhabi to discuss and address the recent extreme weather conditions in the UAE, and post the meeting made a very significant announcement wherein he allocated $545 million (AED 2 billion) to address the damages to citizens’ homes. He went on to add that a ministerial committee has been tasked to oversee this work, assess damages, and disburse compensations in cooperation with other federal and local entities.

“Additionally, in today’s Cabinet meeting, we formed a committee to assess the damage caused by floods and rain to infrastructure and propose solutions and measures at the national level. The committee is chaired by the Ministry of Energy and Infrastructure and includes members from the Ministry of Defence, the Ministry of Interior, the National Emergency Crisis and Disaster Management Authority, and other federal entities, as well as representatives from all seven Emirates.”

Sheikh Mohammed also expressed his gratitude for the support and guidance provided by President Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan during the period of recovery after the crisis. The President’s swift actions, including issuing directives to conduct damage assessments, assist affected families, and assess infrastructure status, played a crucial role in restoring normalcy quickly. The safety and well-being of citizens and residents were emphasised as the top priority by His Highness.

“The exceptional weather event was a blessing as dams filled up, valleys flowed with rainwater, and underground water reserves replenished. It taught us valuable lessons in managing heavy rains in cities, helped identify areas for development, and improved our readiness and preparedness for the future.”

His Highness expressed his gratitude as well to all those who have contributed to the country’s well-being, including emergency and crisis centres, security forces, military personnel, government entities, volunteers, and citizens. He commended their solidarity, cooperation, and love for the United Arab Emirates.