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:
Government entities responsible for social, charitable and humanitarian work within and outside the UAE:
Charitable organisations in the UAE:
Humanitarian organisations for women:
Paying zakat is one of the five pillars of Islam. It involves paying money to the poor or the needy. Zakat Fund accepts zakat and allocates it to its own projects and activities and to those undertaken by their partners . Read about the different ways of paying zakat .
You may also pay Zakat Al Fitr online through Dubai Now app, available on iTunes and Google Play.
How to apply for Zakat?
If you meet the criteria to receive Zakat as determined by the UAE’s Zakat Fund, you may request for zakat online. You may also apply for a petition to restudy your case if your request was rejected or the amount allocated is insufficient. You may check processing time for each service in the service card itself.
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.
Updated on 12 Jun 2018