What’s On has a guide to Ramadan charity work, with a list of charity work in Dubai for whom you can volunteer in Dubai at Ramadan, including Dubai Cares.

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Charity, or ‘zakat’, is one of the most important aspects of Ramadan and one of the pillars of the Islamic faith. Whether you’re donating your time or money, there are plenty of charities in the UAE that need your help.

Launched in 2007 by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, Dubai Cares aims to improve children’s access to education in developing countries. Since its formation, it has helped more than seven million children in 28 countries. As well as accepting donations, the organisation is looking for volunteers.

Tel: (04) 4504550. dubaicares.ae

This fantastic cause has been working with the UAE’s labourers for the past eight years, offering them a better quality of life through educational classes, scholarships and excursions, as well as providing vital aid to camps that have been abandoned by employers. The charity runs various initiatives throughout the year and is always looking for donations of money and essential items, as well as volunteers.

Tel: (055) 8622606. adoptacamp.ae

This pioneering Abu Dhabi-based charity provides hope to children born with facial disfigurements, such as cleft lip and cleft palate. Founded in 1982, the charity has provided free reconstructive surgery and follow-up care for more than 200,000 children and young adults around the world. To carry on this work, Operation Smile needs both donations and skilled medical volunteers for further missions around the region.

Tel: (02) 6584790. arabemirates.operationsmile.org

A true community initiative, which brings together willing volunteers and the charities and organisations that really need their help. From beach clean-ups and water distribution to labourers, to helping with children on Funday Sundays, there’s something for everyone.


In association with the World Wildlife Fund, the Emirates Wildlife Society is committed to protecting diversity and promoting sustainable living in the emirates. Volunteers play a number of roles, from helping to coordinate events, and cleaning up environmentally sensitive habitats, to graphic design, translation and event photography. As well as volunteering, you can pledge to become a ‘hero’ by reducing your energy consumption at home or at work.

Tel: (02) 6347117. uae.panda.org