About IHC



The Dubai International Humanitarian City (IHC) is the largest humanitarian hub in the world. Founded in 2003 by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates and Ruler of Dubai, through the merger of Dubai Aid City and Dubai Humanitarian City.

The International Humanitarian City is the only non-profit, independent, humanitarian free-zone Authority hosting a community of around 80 members comprised of UN organisations, non-profits and non-governmental organisations, in addition to commercial companies. The International Humanitarian community in Dubai consists of about 500 people representing more than 68 nationalities.


In 2011, the International Humanitarian City was relocated into its current strategic location near Al Maktoum Airport and close to Jebel Ali Port, by tripling its size from the previous 30,000 square meters to 90,000 square meters and giving members the ability to move shipments from sea to air in as little as 10 minutes.

Today, the International Humanitarian City offices and warehouses have further expanded to 135,000 square meters in size.

The International humanitarian city together with its community is continuing its journey by preparing itself for any new challenges, creating new synergies and partnerships with innovators, in addition to partnering with private sector players operating with high-level standards. IHC is also partnering with academic institutions, to share knowledge and experiences to create opportunities for preparing the future generation of humanitarian workers.


Due to Dubai’s strategic geographic position on the path between Middle East, Asia and Africa, and IHC being located only 10 minutes away from the Jebel Ali seaport and Al Maktoum airport, it enables the humanitarian community to reach, within 4-8 hours, two-thirds of the world population living in hazard-prone areas.

The IHC Humanitarian community has been able to dispatch and serve populations affected by disasters in the Pacific Islands as well as into the Caribbean, hence proving its international role.

Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Global Initiatives

On 4 October 2015, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum founded Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Global Initiatives with the aim of improving the Arab world through humanitarian, developmental and community work.

The MBRGI Foundation covers four sectors essential for promoting life and dignity around the world: combating poverty and disease, spreading knowledge, empowering communities, and entrepreneurship and innovation for the future.

It seeks to assist over 130 million people including families, children, and youth in 116 countries, with a special attention to the challenges that face the Arab world.

The International Humanitarian City is one of the member entities under the umbrella of Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Global Initiatives.

For more information, visit www.almaktouminitiatives.org

Express your interest
Skip to content