The UAE health authorities encourage blood donation. Blood donation drives are held several times throughout the year at several locations.
The medical staff adopt the latest and best practices in the procedure of collecting blood. Hence, donating blood is safe.
Organ donation procedures in the UAE must be in accordance with:
- Federal Law No. 15 of 1993 Regulating the Transfer and Transplant of Human Organs
- Ministerial Decision No. 566 of 2010 on Implementing the Regulation of Federal Law No. 15 of 1993 Regulating the Transfer and Transplant of Human Organs
- Unified Guide to Organ Transfer and Transplant in the GCC
Article 1 of Federal Law No. 15 of 1993 Regulating the Transfer and Transplant of Human Organs provides: Specialised physicians may administer the removal of organs from a living human body or a human cadaver and implant them in the body of another living person, with the intention of treating and saving the life of this person, in accordance with the conditions and measures provided for in this law.
The law lays down further provisions regarding the health, consent and the will of the donor. The law also prohibits trafficking of human organs.
Trafficking of human organs is also prohibited under Federal Law No. 51 of 2006 on Combating Human Trafficking Crimes. Article 1 of the law provides: Exploitation includes all forms of sexual abuse, involuntary servitude, mistreatment, coercion and abuse of work force, as well as illegal trading in human organs.
Sheikh Khalifa Medical City in Abu Dhabi is the only authorised organ transplantation centre in the UAE.