New Volunteer Laws in Dubai

Did you know Dubai has a new law to regulate volunteering activities? ‘Law No. (5) of 2018 Regulating Volunteer Work in the Emirate of Dubai’ (CDA).

This law was created “to promote social responsibility among community members” and it is being enforced by the Community Development Authority (CDA) of which Azraq is a registered entity. It was issued on 11 April this year by HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, and, after a period of soft implementation, it is now fully enforceable.

So, what do you need to know?

Any company willing to organise a Corporate Social Responsibility activity in Dubai needs to fully comply with the relevant legal frameworks:

o If the initiative involves fundraising money or in-kind items, or making a charitable donation, a permit needs to be submitted to the IACAD.

o If the initiative involves people participating in the activity (i.e. volunteering), then the company organising has to register with Dubai Volunteer and obtain approval from the CDA.

After receiving the CDA’s permit, volunteers also need to register with the Dubai Volunteer portal (on the website or via the App) to sign up for the activity.

The company organising the activity is expected to do at least three things: train the volunteers, print and bring a QR code to the event, and provide insurance coverage for the activity.

‘No Volunteering Organisation or volunteers may carry out any volunteer activity or allow any volunteer activity to be carried out without obtaining a permit from the CDA’ (Article 6).

It might look complicated, but the good news is we’ve got it all sorted.

At Azraq, we are registered with the Dubai Volunteer portal (CDA), and we help UAE businesses organise CSR activities and obtain the legal permits.

As always, we are available to answer questions on how to legally go about volunteering in Dubai and undertake corporate social responsibility programs at

NOTE: This article is a slightly edited version of an article first written by Marc Ruiviejo Cirera from Companies for Good