Find yourself accumulating a fair bit of stuff? Here are some ways you can donate the things you no longer need in the UAE
8 January 2020| Last updated on 8 May 2023
Donate food and second-hand goods with our complete list of UAE charities and non-profit organisations
If you have been an expat in the UAE for more than a few seasons, you may have already noticed the build-up of clothes, furniture, toys, food, books, and other items that have been grown out of or are simply not needed anymore. From time to time, it's necessary to clear things out... and figuring out how is often easier said than done.
While you can easily chuck your used goods in the garbage, there are a number of more environmentally friendly options out there as well as services that can pass along your unwanted items to those who will find them useful.
To start, we've compiled a handy list of UAE charities and non-profit organisations to help you find a new home or owner for your second-hand donations.
Dubai Cares accepts donations for second-hand clothing for both children and adults. During their annual Ramadan Campaign or in times of crisis faced by other countries, you'll find their telltale donation boxes in shopping malls. They are also open for volunteer work and other forms of support.
For more information, call 04 450 4550 or visit www.dubaicares.ae
Beit Al Khair Society
Another place to donate used items in the UAE is at Beit Al Khair Society, where you can pass along furniture, toys, clothes, etc. that you don't want anymore. They have various locations, but the biggest branch is near NMC Hospital, Al Nahda in Dubai.
For more information, call 04 267 5555 or visit http://beitalkhair.org/en/
Emirates Red Crescent
The Emirates Red Crescent is a great volunteer-run humanitarian organisation. They will gladly accept secondhand clothes, bedding, and other goods, of which they will provide to other countries that are facing a crisis such as war, natural disasters, etc. They do not pick-up items, but you can find their donation boxes and representatives in various locations across Dubai and Abu Dhabi.
For more information, call 800733 or visit www.rcuae.com
Rags to Riches
Originally founded by Barbara Evans, Rags to Riches is now managed by Ceri Rocca in Dubai and Fahmida Seitz in Abu Dhabi, along with a team of dedicated volunteers. They accept donations in the UAE for blankets, bed linen, curtains, and towels and make new clothing as well as reusable sanitary products from those. Rags to Riches has several drop-off locations across the UAE and are pretty active on social media.
Maria Christina Foundation
Located along Sheikh Zayed Road in Sky Tower, the Maria Christina Foundation happily accepts a variety of donations such as old clothes, blankets, shoes, and even furniture. To donate unwanted furniture in Dubai, this must be arranged and will usually be no problem as they have teams in Mirdiff, Umm Suquem, and Bur Dubai. Proceeds from their sales go as relief aids for the poor and needy in developing or poverty-stricken countries.
For more information, visit www.mariacristinafoundation.org
The Old Library
The Old Library is a popular second-hand bookstore in Dubai, located in the Gold and Diamond Park. You can donate books in Dubai here, such as used textbooks, novels, etc. so long as they are in good condition.
For more information, call 04 321 3939 or visit https://www.theoldlibrary.ae/
Dar Al Ber Society
If you're looking for a place to donate unused, pre-owned medicines in the UAE, look to Dar Al Ber Society. As long as the medicines have not been used, are sealed, and have not yet expired, they will gladly accept such charitable donations. Dar Al Ber Society also accepts used clothes, household items including furniture, and other forms of support. All of these are collected to provide for orphans in the UAE, the needy, and low-income households in other parts of the world.
For more information, visit https://daralber.ae/cms/en/
Dubai Health Authority
Another organisation you can donate pre-owned, unopened, and even expired medicines are at Dubai Health Authority pharmacies, clinics, hospitals, and other healthcare centres in the emirate - except the Rashid and Latifa hospitals. The expired medicines will be properly disposed by staff, and unopened and unexpired medicines will be verified before being donated to the needy.
For more information, visit www.dha.gov.ae
Al Ihsan Charity
Al Ihsan Charity accepts charitable collections such as second-hand clothing, shoes, furniture, kitchenware, food, school supplies, unused medicine, etc. for families who have lost their only breadwinner through death, deportation, a jail sentence, they've been abandoned, divorced, etc. to help them get back on their feet.
For more information, visit www.alihsan.ae
Take My Junk
The name says it all. Take My Junk collects second-hand "junk" that you no longer want and distributes them to people in need. This organisation will accept nearly anything for donation, and also offer a free pick-up service for your used goods such as furniture, appliances, kitchenware, and other household items. Simply send them an SMS at 056 808 5865 to arrange a pick-up.
For more information, visit https://www.takemyjunkuae.com/
For donating unwanted pet food and other pet supplies, head to K9 Friends, the UAE's longest-running pet rescue and rehoming shelter. Doing so would help the volunteer team care for the rescued animals until the pets find a new loving home, as the shelter would often receive more rescued dogs and cats than it can hold.
For more information, call 04 8878739 or visit http://www.k9friends.com/
Dubai Center for Special Needs
Any unwanted household goods, clothes, toys, and footwear can be donated to Dubai Center for Special Needs, located in Al Karama. All items collected from donations will be sold, and proceeds raised will go into relief aid for special needs families in the UAE.
For more information, visit http://dcsneeds.com/
Al Noor Special Needs Training Centre
The Al Noor Special Needs Training Centre is supported by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the Ruler of Dubai. The organisation works to promote the development and well-being of children and adults who face physical and cognitive challenges. On top of offering training, programs, and activities, the centre has a wide selection of therapy available for people with special needs. The Al Noor Special Needs Training Centre relies on charity and sponsorship, so UAE residents are encouraged to donate second-hand goods here. The Al Barsha branch in Dubai accepts donations for second-hand clothes.
For more information, visit https://alnoorspneeds.ae/