UAE: Ramadan volunteering eligibility and penalties for violation announced

A punishment of up to Dh100,000 is possible under UAE law pertaining to volunteerism. Preparations usually start around this time because Ramadan is coming up soon.

Many people begin to get ready for the season's spiritual component far in advance of the celebrations and family reunions.

During Ramadan, alongside fasting, Muslims place a strong emphasis on various forms of charity and assisting the less fortunate. Volunteering has emerged as a pivotal component during this period, with numerous initiatives taking place.

The UAE offers its citizens and expatriates ample opportunities to engage in community service. However, it's essential to understand who is eligible to participate and how to avoid substantial penalties while partaking in these activities.

Eligibility Criteria:

Before embarking on volunteer opportunities in the UAE, understanding the eligibility criteria is crucial. According to UAE law, the following conditions qualify individuals to engage in volunteering initiatives:

  • Citizenship or residency in the UAE.
  • Age requirement of 18 years and above, with some organizations permitting individuals under 18 with parental consent.
  • Demonstrating good character and conduct.
  • Meeting medical fitness requirements for assigned volunteer work.
  • Obtaining a license for those intending to pursue volunteering as a profession.
  • Registration is required for residents before engaging in volunteer work.

Penalties and Regulations:

Strict rules and regulations govern volunteering activities in the UAE, with hefty penalties imposed for non-compliance:

  • Violation of regulations regarding licensed volunteer work may result in fines ranging from Dh10,000 to Dh100,000.
  • Disclosure of confidential information obtained during volunteering may lead to fines of up to Dh30,000.
  • Fundraising for volunteer purposes without ministry permission may result in fines not less than Dh50,000.

Volunteer Responsibilities:

In addition to essential attributes like punctuality and teamwork, volunteers are required to adhere to certain obligations as per UAE law:

  • Prohibition from offering, promoting, or advertising goods or services for financial gain during volunteer work.
  • Return of entrusted tools, equipment, and devices post-termination.
  • Commitment to the volunteer work charter and national laws.
  • Updating personal data as required.
  • Preservation of property and adherence to safety regulations.
  • Notification to the relevant authority upon work suspension.

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