Qatar gives $30M, UAE donates $10M for Harvey-relief aid
A handful of countries are helping Harvey-ravaged regions get back on their feet.
The largest donation from a foreign government as of Sept. 7 comes from Qatar. Ambassador of the State of Qatar to the U.S. Meshal bin Hamad Al-Thani announced a $30 million donation to help Texas rebuild, according to a press release.
The Qatar government will work with Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, Houston Mary Sylvester Turner, and other state officials and local organizations to determine how best to rebuild communities, per the release.
Several energy companies such as Exxon Mobil Corp. with operations in the Houston area have dealings with Qatar Petroleum, the state-owned energy entity for Qatar.
United Arab Emirates has also pledged money for Harvey relief. After speaking with Abbott, Ambassador Yousef Al Otaiba announced the UAE would give $10 million, according to a press release.
“The people of the UAE stand with Texans who have been impacted by this disastrous storm,” Al Otaiba said in a statement. “The resilience and resourcefulness shown by the people of Texas as they begin the long recovery and rebuilding process is an inspiration for everyone, and the UAE government is proud to provide assistance.”