The UAE turned ExCeL London, the capital’s largest venue for exhibitions and conferences, into an emergency field hospital for the treatment of patients infected with COVID-19. Named the NHS Nightingale Hospital, the new facility will have a capacity of 4,000 beds and will be able to provide a comprehensive range of medical support facilities.The UAE is covering the costs associated with the operation of this center and is providing the center rent-free.On April 5, the UAE facilitated the repatriation of 345 British tourists visiting the UAE. In response,British Ambassador to the UAE Patrick Moody said,“I also wanted to give a huge thank you to Emirates,to the Emirati authorities who have helped make this happen…”On April 30, HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of UAE and Ruler of Dubai, directed 60 metric tons of urgent medical aid and personal protective equipment to be shipped to the UK’s National Health Service to help them combat the pandemic.On June 5, the UAE donated 6.6 metric tons of material to the United Kingdom that will enable the country to produce millions of items of personal protective equipment (PPE).
Following the initial COVID-19 outbreak in Wuhan, the UAE provided medical supplies,including face masks and gloves, to China.On January 26, HH Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi
and Deputy Supreme Commander of theUAE Armed Forces, tweeted: “We’re closely following the Chinese government’s efforts to contain the spread of the corona virus We’re confident in their ability to overcome
this crisis. The UAE is ready to provide all support to China and cooperate with the international community to tackle this virus.”On March 4, as part of the UAE’s Homeland of Humanity Initiative, the UAE evacuated
215 people of different nationalities from China’s Hubei Province to the Emirates Humanitarian City in Abu Dhabi, where they received the necessary medical evaluation and care.
The UAE delivered a first batch of crucial medical supplies to Pakistan on April 2. UAE Ambassador to Pakistan Hamad Alzaabi tweeted: “Our commitment for humanitarian approaches and principles to help people
in delicate situation has no limits.” On April 5, the second batch of 11 metric tons of medical supplies provided by the UAE arrived in Islamabad.On April 28, the UAE sent an additional 14 metric tons of medical and food supplies to Pakistan, benefiting 7,000 medical professionals.
On April 29, the UAE sent 7 metric tons of medical supplies to Nepal, benefiting approximately 7,000 medical professionals.