Charity is an integral part of Islam, and the Holy month of Ramadan is considered as the month of giving and sharing. During the Holy Month of Ramadan, Muslims around the world consider Charity as a very pious activity and believe in donating money or food to the less fortunate. For those who want to participate in charitable activities, The UAE Government entities organise many charitable programmes and activities across the UAE during Ramadan. Here’s our guide to Ramadan Charity donations in the UAE.
Rules and regulations for Charitable activities in Dubai
Please note that you cannot raise funds for any charity in the UAE without obtaining the approval of General Authority of Islamic Affairs and Endowments or Islamic Affairs & Charitable Activities Department. The UAE also bans calling for, promoting and collecting donations through online channels, or any other means without first obtaining proper licensing from the competent authorities. You can donate clothes and money to registered charitable organisations by depositing them in boxes located in public places like shopping malls and mosques. Charity activities without approvals or not done through appropriate channels are considered illegal in the UAE.
Donating food during Ramadan
Providing free Iftar meals is a common practice across the UAE. Meals are provided at mosques, malls and other public places. Many public and private organisations distribute boxes of meals, dates and water at mosques and public places daily during the month of Ramadan. They also provide foodstuff (called Al Mir Al Ramadani) to cater to the poor. Red Crescent Authority Charity (RCA) runs its seasonal Ramadan charity campaign across the UAE. It provides Ramadan supplies, free Iftar meals, distributes Zakat Al Fitr and Eid clothing to deserving families in the UAE and abroad. If you’re interested in such a donation, you can do so by contributing to Red Crescent Society through their counters located at mosques, shopping malls, hospitals and other public places.
Please contact them on 800733 for information on food donation activities during Ramadan.
Donating clothes and Money during Ramadan
You can donate clothes and money through UAE registered charitable organisations. The easiest way to donate clothes is by depositing them in the donation boxes located in public places. During Ramadan, many organisations set up tents near union co-operative supermarkets and you will also find clothes donation boxes in most of the shopping malls like City Centre malls, Mall of the Emirates and Mercato.
Money can be donated to registered charities through their websites or donation boxes in public places. If you wish to donate money, following are the registered charity organisations in UAE
Paying zakat is one of the five pillars of Islam. It involves paying money to the poor or the needy, supporting divorced women, people with special needs or families of prisoners. Zakat Fund accepts zakat and allocates it to its own projects and activities and to those undertaken by their partners. For more information on their projects, please see https://www.zakatfund.gov.ae/zfp/web/projects/projectlist.aspx
Emirates Red Crescent
The UAE chapter is a registered member of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, and assists in relief work around the world. With the help of volunteers and financial support from the government and philanthropists, it spreads health awareness, rescues people from disasters, establishes projects for the needy and orphans and educates about international humanitarian law.
Website: www.rcuae.ae; call 800733
This initiative, launched in 2008 by Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, was a response to World Health Organisation statistics that reveal that one person in the world goes blind every five seconds because they have no access to treatment. Noor Dubai works on a threefold programme to prevent, treat and educate people about eye diseases, delivering free care all over the world.
Website www.noordubai.ae; email firstname.lastname@example.org; call 800 633
An international organisation launched by Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, Vice President and Ruler of Dubai, in 2007. It has multiple projects aimed at promoting primary-school education and gender equality in developing countries, and is involved in building schools, teacher training and improving water, sanitation and hygiene in the communities.
Visit www.dubaicares.ae; call 04 450 4550
Faraj Fund supports individuals who have been incarcerated in correctional and penal facilities for financial issues. The inmates have outstanding debt which they are unable to resolve from prison and, in many cases, families who had previously relied on the individual for financial support. They help those who are in prisons and are unable to repay loans, debts, fines or penalties.
For more info, please visit https://farajfund.ae/en/about/who-we-help/
Dubai Foundation For Women and Children
The Dubai Foundation for Women and Children (DFWAC) was established in 2007 to offer immediate protection and support services for women and children in the UAE against domestic violence, child abuse and human trafficking. It is the first licensed non-profit shelter in the UAE that runs specifically for the care of women and children.
Dubai Charity Associations
Dar Al Ber Society
This charity has been providing humanitarian aid in the UAE and worldwide since 1978. It is involved in education and medical programmes at home and abroad, building mosques and funding infrastructure projects in the community. It has branches in Dubai, Ajman and Ras Al Khaimah.
Visit www.daralber.ae; call 07 236 4071
Sharjah Charity International
This charity collects zakat and sponsors orphans, widows and the poor, and helps to build schools, mosques and clinics in the UAE and the wider Middle East, East Africa and Asia.
Visit www.shjc.sharjah.ae; call 06 566 4111
Sharjah City for Humanitarian Services
The organisation, which has branches in Kalba, Khor Fakkan and Al Thaid, runs education, training and rehabilitation centres for individuals with disabilities. It also organises awareness campaigns to promote inclusion in society.
Visit www.schs.ae; call 06 567 1117
Beit Al Kheir Society
Beit Al Khair Society established in 1989, actively participates in alleviating the hardships of UAE citizens, and provides assistance by extending a helping hand to needy families and deserving segments through a package of projects and schemes it delivers, evaluates, enhances and expands all to serve the poor, the destitute, the widows, the divorcees, the low-income, the patients, the families of prison inmates, the victims of disasters, the defaulters, the insolvents, the debtors, people of special needs and the orphans.
Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Foundation
Launched by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, the Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Foundation aims to empower future generations to devise sustainable solutions that address challenges in the knowledge and research domains in the Arab world.
Website : www.mbrf.ae
The Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Foundation was established in July 2007, issued by his Highness Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the United Arab Emirates. Their services are focused on supporting vocational educational projects in countries of the region, health needs related to malnutrition, child protection and care and the provision of safe water on a global level. Poor and needy communities are also supported by the provision of main infrastructure such as schools and hospitals etc.
Website: http://www.khalifafoundation.ae, call +97128855555
Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan Foundation
The Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan Charitable and Humanitarian Foundation was established in 1992 by its founder and late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, which was allocated a $ 1 billion US dollars endowment for its projects, activities and charitable and humanitarian work inside and outside the country. Since then, the Foundation has been involved in several welfare projects related to relief, healthcare and education.