05/25/2009 10:38 PM | WAM
Islamabad: The UAE Red Crescent Authority (RCA) will build a Dh12 million Shaikh Khalifa city in Pakistan for persons affected by earthquakes in Blakot.
An agreement to this effect was signed here on Monday by Khamis Al Suwaidi, head of the RCA team, and Ghari Aziz Al Rahman, Chairman of the Earthquake Reconstruction and Development Authority (ERDA), in the presence of UAE Ambassador to Pakistan Ali Sultan Al Awani and Tariq Zaman, Director General of Earthquake Reconstruction and Rehabilitation Authority (ERRA).
Zaman expressed the gratitude of the government and people of Pakistan to the UAE for its initiative to build the 211 housing unit city.
Ordered by RCA's Chairman Shaikh Hamdan Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the city will have modern health, education and services facilities.
"The generous initiative is no alien to the UAE which stands beside Pakistan in weal and woe. It will boost Pakistan's efforts to reconstruct quake-hit regions and will make a qualitative urban development breakthrough," Zaman said.
"The government of Pakistan will offer all necessary assistance and facilities to allow the project come into life."
Al Suwaidi said the RCA has a series of humanitarian, relief and development programmes in Pakistan totalling over Dh74 million.