International Humanitarian City (IHC) is a global humanitarian and aid hub which facilitates aid and development efforts by providing local and international humanitarian actors with facilities and services specifically designed to meet their needs.
Established in 2003 by HH Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai in 2003, IHC has grown to become the world’s largest and busiest logistics hub for humanitarian aid with nine UN agencies and 44 NGOs and commercial entities as members.
An independent free zone authority, IHC puts Dubai's expertise in transport and logistics to work for aid agencies as they reach out to help the victims of crises and families whose lives are scarred by hunger and poverty. The IHC's capabilities and strategic location — within eight hours by air to two-thirds of the world's population — have helped deliver assistance in some of the worst humanitarian crises of the past decade, including the 2004 tsunami in Southeast Asia, the recurring drought in the Horn of Africa, civil unrest in Afghanistan and Darfur, the 2010 earthquake in Haiti, 2011 unrest in North Africa, and the ongoing crisis in Syria.
IHC is a non-religious, non-political and non-profit organisation.