New Law Passed to Regulate Voluntary Work in Dubai

The Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum has just issued Law No. (5) of 2018, relating to volunteering in Dubai.

The Community Development Authority (CDA) will issue licenses for specialized volunteer work in the Emirates. They will also establish and implement all plans and policies required to regulate volunteering in Dubai.

The CDA is responsible for coordinating volunteering programmes, establishing a database for volunteers in Dubai, issuing identification cards, issuing participation certificates for volunteers, helping entities to attract volunteers for their initiatives and nominating volunteers to participate in volunteering initiatives based on their skills and qualifications.

The authority will also need a record of all volunteers’ names, personal information, the nature of work they have done and the hours they have done volunteering work.

The volunteer teams are not allowed to conduct any fundraising activities including advertising through any kind of media unless the team gets approval from the CDA. They must respect the principles, goals and regulations of voluntary work.

Entities must also provide all required tools and safety equipment necessary for the volunteers to perform their activity.

All volunteers must sign the volunteering agreement issued by the CDA and this agreement must detail the relationship between the volunteer and the entity.

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