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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:
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.
You can do not more than (420) voluntary hours within one year.
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.
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.
Public and private bodies and enterprises can launch voluntary work initiatives in Dubai.
The CDA will be setting up a database to register volunteers in the emirate.
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.
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.
No. They need to notify the CDA and receive the approval of concerned bodies before they can collect donations or announce donation drives.
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.
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.
The public and private bodies will bear the responsibility for any consequences resulting from the voluntary work of the volunteers.
The law obliges government and private entities, including civil establishments licensed to work in Dubai, to:
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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