A guide to authorised charity projects for children in Dubai that you can support with confidence.
5 February 2022| Last updated on 21 March 2023
Here's what you need to know about children's charities in Dubai.
In the UAE, there are strict laws that govern fundraising and volunteering. To protect individuals and groups, one of these regulations state that charitable causes across the country are required to register at the UAE Ministry of Community Development (for Emiratis), or at an embassy or consulate in the UAE (for expats).
So you can be rest assured that these charities in Dubai are authorised and not only safeguard children in the UAE, but also look out for the best interests of children all over the world.
To help you out, we've listed below all of the charity projects for children, as well as humanitarian organisations in Dubai that support kids, looking to make a difference.
1. Dubai Charity Association
The Dubai Charity Association conducted charitable activities to support orphans under the name 'Al-Orwa al-Wuthqa' until 1980. Since then, DCA expanded and carry out charitable projects locally and globally.
2. Dubai Foundation for Women and Children
Since its inception in 2007, the Dubai Foundation for Women and Children is the UAE's first licensed non-profit shelter and charity project for victims of child abuse, domestic violence, and human trafficking.
Anyone based in Dubai can join in the cause and support DFWAC through donations or through volunteer work.
3. Dubai Cares
Dubai Cares is one of the most prolific charities in the emirate. Led by His Highness Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Global, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, the non-profit works to ensure inclusive and quality lifelong learning for children through various education programs.
You can support their initiatives through donations or by sponsoring a child.
Contact: +971 4 450 4550
Image source: Dubai Cares
4. Dar Al Ber Society
Established by His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Ruler of Dubai, Dar Al Bar Society has a number of charitable, development and humanitarian projects locally and across the world.
5. Beit Al Kheir Society
Established in 1989, the Beit Al Kheir Society actively works to alleviate the hardships of the community. Their charity projects for children include initiatives that support orphans and children who come from families who are less well off.
Charity projects Taleem and the Basma Programs operate under Beit Al Kheir Society. They have supported students' education through donations of stationery, laptops, iPads, and other necessary learning tools. Other projects include gifting orphans with presents on holidays and during special occasions.
6. Gulf For Good
Gulf For Good believes that every child around the world has the right to a happy and sustainable life. With this in mind, their efforts to empower children include sustainability projects for education, healthcare, and housing. They also organise children's fitness activities, training opportunities, other wellbeing experiences.
Contact: +971 50 684 2998
7. Zakat Fund
In addition to supporting orphans, the Zakat Fund also accepts donations for the social development and wellbeing of widows, the elderly, and people of determination in the UAE.
"Zakat" is one of the pillars of Islam, observed as the act of charity to the less fortunate.
Contact: 800 8222
8. Noor Dubai
Another non-profit humanitarian organisation in the emirate is Noor Dubai. Established in 2008 by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the initiative is driven by its mission to deliver eye care to the less fortunate of all ages.
Their work includes providing preventative, therapeutic, and educational programs to treat and prevent blindness as well as visual impairment in developing countries.
9. Emirates Red Crescent
The Emirates Red Crescent Society was established in 1983 and is one of the UAE's most popular humanitarian organisations.
You can donate or volunteer to support a range of causes. You can also sponsor orphans, students, low-income families, and those struggling with special needs.