The UAE is known for its extravagance when it comes to getting the best in luxury and opulent purchases. However materialist gain isn’t all that the Arabs boast of, they also have a soft heart towards more serious causes, such as donating a staggering amount for cancer research and the likes. Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the ruler of UAE, has reportedly granted $150 million to the MD Anderson Cancer Center for genetic research, diagnosis, the treatment of cancer and funding an existing building named after his father, Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan for Personalized Cancer Care. Apparently this was done so underlining the trust and belief the Arabs have on the American medical system.
The country is well-known for being generous towards the western super power. The Children’s National Medical Centre in Washington received the same amount which established the Sheikh Zayed Institute for Pediatric Surgical Innovation and another blinding amount for the construction of a new cardiovascular and critical care unit for the John Hopkins Medicine hospital – also named after Sheikh Khalifa’s father. While the move is commendable and inspiring, the thought lingers as to why they cannot donate the same amount and build better facilities at home.