Volunteering will be regulated under a new law announced by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Ruler of Dubai, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE.
Now volunteering groups must obtain authorisation from Dubai’s Community Development Authority (CDA), which is now the regulatory body for volunteering in the emirate. The CDA has also been charged with setting up a database for volunteers and issuing them with ID cards.
Under the new law, any public or private groups that want to organise volunteering needs to meet a series of requirements – register with the CDA, keep a record of volunteers’ names, personal information and the hours of volunteering work done, and “provide all required tools and safety equipment necessary” and insurance cover for volunteers.
All volunteers must be 18 and above, unless they have permission from their parent or guardian, be physically fit and registered with the CDA. The volunteer teams are also not allowed to conduct any fundraising activities, including advertising in the media.
Many people living in Dubai love to give up their free time to aid a good cause, so it seems like the government is making sure they’re taken care of while they’re doing so. In late 2017, His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum launched initiative Day for Dubai and made a call-out for volunteers on Instagram. “Are you ready to give back a #DayforDubai? Join me at www.dayfordubai.com to make a difference and reinforce Dubai’s position as a global city of giving and a center of tolerance and compassion,” he posted.