Gaza Strip: UAE to fund construction of new city following Israeli pullout

Published July 25th, 2005 - 07:04 GMT

UAE President, Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan on Sunday instructed that a whole city bearing the name of "Khalifa bin Zayed" to be constructed on the grounds of the Israeli settlements in Gaza Strip after the rubble is removed following the withdrawal of the Israeli occupation forces from there. According to WAM, "the city is a gift from Sheikh Khalifa to the Palestinian people to reduce their suffering and provide appropriate accommodation for the beneficiaries."


To that effect Sheikh Khalifa has approved the sum of US$100 million for funding the humanitarian project, which is expected to accommodate 30-40 thousand Palestinian citizens. The UAE leader also instructed the Department of Municipalities and Agriculture to accomplish the construction of the city in collaboration with UN Relief and Employment of Palestinian Refugees Agency, and then distribute the homes to the beneficiaries, together with the Palestinian Authority.


The city is the fourth project to be donated by the UAE to the Palestinian people in Gaza Strip. The other three projects are Sheikh Zaid's City in Gaza Strip, the Janin Camp Re-construction Project and the Emirates Neighborhood in Rafah.

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