Setting up a charity
UAE nationals wishing to set up a charitable organisation in the UAE can apply online to Ministry of Community Development.
Expatriate residents need to submit their application to the ministry through their respective embassy or consulate in the UAE.
The ministry will consider the application and refer it to the Cabinet, which takes the final decision on registering the organisation.
In Dubai, the following entities can give official recognition and licenses for charitable organisations, NGOs and humanitarian relief organisations:
Donating and raising funds
You can donate clothes and money to registered charitable organisations by depositing them in boxes located in public places.
Beit Al Khair has several donation sites.
You can donate money through online payment, net banking, phone banking and text messages. Check with the organisations for the ways you can pay.
During Ramadan, many organisations set up tents near co-operative supermarkets for receiving donations.
You can raise funds only after obtaining the approval of General Authority of Islamic Affairs and Endowments or Islamic Affairs & Charitable Activities Department. After obtaining the approval, the initiative must be in co-operation with licensed charity associations.
The UAE also bans calling for, promoting and collecting donations through online channels without first obtaining proper licensing from the competent authorities, as per Article 27 of the Federal Law No. 5 of 2012 on Combatting Cybercrimes (PDF, 61.2 KB).
Taking care of prisoners
According to Federal Law No. 2 of 2001, Ministry of Community Development provides monthly assistance to the families of prisoners.
You can contribute to the care and rehabilitation of prisoners and their families in cooperation with:
Begging for alms is a crime. The fasting month of Ramadan historically records an influx of people arriving into the country as part of an elaborate con to raise funds, stated the UAE's Ministry of Interior.
The 'Fight Begging' campaign is initiated by MOI and aims at combating this uncivil phenomenon, and raise security awareness amongst members of the public on the risks of sympathising with beggars. Read about what to do if you come across a beggar in the UAE.
Beggars are liable to fine and/or deportation as decided by the courts. You can report beggars in:
- Abu Dhabi on 999 or 8002626 (Aman Service)
- Dubai on 800243
- Sharjah on 065632222
- Ras Al Khaimah on 072053372
- Ajman on 067401616
- Umm Al Quwain on 999
- Fujairah on 092051100 or 092224411
Read about charitable activities during Ramadan.
Government entities responsible for social, charitable and humanitarian work within and outside the UAE:
Charitable organisations in the UAE:
Humanitarian organisations for women:
Updated on 28 Nov 2017