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New voluntary work law in Dubai: What is it?

 

DUBAI – A new law regulating voluntary wok in Dubai was issued on Sunday by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai.

Here’s what you need to know about it:

Who can do voluntary work?

Anyone not less than 18 years old can do voluntary work, otherwise they need to get the approval of their guardians. Volunteers must be of good conduct and physically capable of undertaking voluntary work.

How many volunteer work hours can I do per year?

You can do not more than (420) voluntary hours within one year.

What are the rights and duties of volunteers?

Volunteers must abide by the voluntary work agreement and complete the voluntary work perfectly within the pre-determined time. They also must respect the confidential information that they come across while carrying out voluntary work.

Approving authority

The Community Development Authority (CDA) in Dubai will be the authority responsible for drawing up plans and public policies for voluntary work in Dubai and supervising their implementation, as well as approving a template for voluntary work agreements.

Who can launch voluntary work initiatives?

Public and private bodies and enterprises can launch voluntary work initiatives in Dubai.

How do I register as a volunteer?

The CDA will be setting up a database to register volunteers in the emirate.

How can I do specialised volunteer work?

You need to have a license and necessary permits from relevant bodies. The CDA will issue licenses for specialised volunteer work when all requirements are met.

Can volunteers set up teams?

Yes, on the condition that the team is registered in the official CDA database, and the nature of these teams, as well as terms and conditions that they should meet, will be set through a resolution issued by CDA’s Director-General.

Can volunteers collection donations or announce donation campaigns?

No. They need to notify the CDA and receive the approval of concerned bodies before they can collect donations or announce donation drives.

How long do volunteers need to work?

As per the law, specific hours can be allocated during the official working hours of public and private employees in Dubai to participate in various volunteering activities, as long as it does not infringe on their vocational rights.

Can employers force employees to do volunteer work?

The employers of the volunteering employees will have to coordinate with the bodies who are accepting the voluntary work prior to nominating any of its employees for carrying out institutional voluntary work.

Who is responsible for whatever happens during voluntary work?

The public and private bodies will bear the responsibility for any consequences resulting from the voluntary work of the volunteers.

What are the obligations of bodies accepting volunteers?

The law obliges government and private entities, including civil establishments licensed to work in Dubai, to:

    1. Set their voluntary standards and regulations and provide the CDA with these standards and controls
    2. Identify categories of volunteers and the nature of the work that each category can perform
    3. Train volunteers to carry out the tasks entrusted to them and help them to highlight and foster their talents
    4. Record the volunteers’ data, the nature of voluntary work entrusted to them and the number of hours they volunteered in the database approved by the CDA
    5. Provide volunteers with necessary equipment, tools and information, and with insurance against injuries, infections and civil liability for harming others.
    6. Take responsibility for all voluntary work expenses, including that of for the treatment of volunteers of any damage sustained while performing volunteer work, provided that such damage is caused due to the fault of the bodies in which they are volunteering with.
    7. Award volunteers appreciation certificates once they complete the voluntary work perfectly

What is a voluntary work agreement?

The agreement shall contain all details regulating the relationship between the volunteer and the body they are volunteering in. According to the law, the bodies accepting volunteers may seek help from volunteers as per the voluntary work agreement prepared by the CDA.

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