UAE distributes 5.4 million meals in Bangladesh refugee camps

A total of 5.4 million meals have been distributed in Bangladesh's Cox's Bazar camps as part of the UAE's '1 Billion Meals' initiative.

As many as 20,000 people were provided food vouchers that were redeemable at WFP-certified shops and groceries. Special codes would be sent to their mobile phones, thus enabling them to obtain basic food items without any delay.

Sarah Al Nuaimi, Director of Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Global Initiatives (MBRGI) explained that their partnership with the United Nations’ World Food Programme (WFP) helped overcome the "logistical challenge" in distributing aid to "one of the largest refugee camps in the world".

A report by the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) shows that close to 1 million Rohingya refugees live in Cox's Bazar camps.

The '1 Billion Meals' campaign is the region's largest food donation drive to support the underprivileged and undernourished in 50 countries across four continents.

More from Local

Coming Up on Dubai Eye

  • Off Script with Chris, Robbie & Sonal

    5:00pm - 7:00pm

    The UAE’s alternative take on news, entertainment and sport. Join Chris, Robbie and Sonal as they cut through the clutter to bring you the news, entertainment and sport stories that actually matter.

  • Extra Time

    7:00pm - 8:00pm

    Chris & Robbie bring you the latest from the sporting world plus interviews with upcoming and legendary sporting stars.


On Dubai Eye

  • Innovations in policing top World Police Summit agenda

    The latest breakthroughs in policing, security and public safety are being discussed and exhibited at the World Police Summit (WPS) - the ultimate gathering of security experts from around the world.

  • Dubai schools set for fee increase

    Private schools in Dubai will be able to hike tuition fees by up to 3 per cent for the 2023-24 academic year, according to the Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA).