Yesterday, Princess Haya Bint Al Hussein, the younger sister of Jordan’s King Abdullah and wife to Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum of Dubai, attended the International Humanitarian City (IHC) global meeting in her role as chairperson. She opened the Members Global Meeting of the IHC, as well.
Also in attendance were NGOs, United Nations agencies, and commercial entities “who gathered for a one-day workshop to exchange views on the future of the IHC, and ways to collectively work better to best serve those in need,” explained Her Royal Highness’s press department in a press release.
The Members of Global Meeting has appointed a new CEO, Giuseppe Saba, with a new theme of ‘ONE for Humanity’. The Princess and Saba took questions from the audience after speaking to those assembled during the one-day workshop.
Princess Haya delivered the opening remarks and emphasised the importance of Saba’s ambition to match the vision set out by Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum. Saba spoke next about the expansion plan of the IHC.
The workshop was divided into three groups consisting of representatives and members of the IHC. The groups were ‘Sharing Knowledge, Experience, and Expertise’ which focused on how the IHC can “co-locate together humanitarians, foundations, commercial companies, young entrepreneurs, innovators, emerging talents and future humanitarian leaders with masters in humanitarian studies.” The second group was ‘IHC Dubai – Simply the largest Humanitarian Logistics Platform or the City of all Humanitarians’ where there were recommendations for the improvement of the operations of the IHC, overcoming issues that have caused a stalemate, and how to communicate the right message. Lastly, there was a group focused on the IHC’s operational restructuring.
The IHC was the idea of the Sheikh in 2003 and is marketed as the “largest and most efficient logistics centre for aid worldwide,” and in 2007, it was established as a free zone with a very diverse membership.