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Volunteering in the UAE can get you a Golden Visa; here is where to apply – News


Published: Sunday, April 14, 2024, 2:59 p.m.

Are you interested in volunteering in the UAE but not sure where to find opportunities? These platforms offer a variety of programs for people interested in volunteering, as well as training courses, opportunities to donate, and various wellness initiatives.

Volunteering also has benefits, including obtaining a UAE Golden Visa, a residence permit that allows you to stay in the country for 10 years, upon meeting certain eligibility criteria.

Here is a list of platforms where you can search for opportunities and apply to participate. is a national volunteering platform. By registering on, volunteers will be visible to organizations. Registration can be done by individuals, a team or a company/organization.

Volunteers can also use the website to search for opportunities, by category, organization and location.

Each opportunity will have information including the number of volunteers required and eligibility criteria.

Emirates Red Crescent

The UAE Red Crescent Authority is a member of the International Federation of Red Crescent and Red Cross. Volunteers can register on the Emirates Red Crescent website:

Volunteers can access projects in various categories, including charity projects, humanitarian cases, sponsorships, donations and Sukuk Al Khair (an initiative of the Emirates Red Crescent in cooperation with the Islamic Bank of Abu Dhabi).

Volunteers can also access training courses, help maintain Emirati crafts and volunteer for Ataya, which includes campaigns such as Tarahum for Gaza.

National Volunteer Program for Emergencies, Crises and Disasters

The National Emergency, Crisis and Disaster Volunteer Program is launched by the National Emergency Crisis and Disaster Management Authority (NCEMA).

This website aims to specifically train a group of volunteers who are trained to respond in times of crisis, emergencies and disasters. Participation in the program and registration for courses can be accessed through the website:

Dubai Volunteer Center

The Dubai Volunteer Center is a formal body of the Dubai government to manage volunteering in the United Arab Emirates, particularly in Dubai.

Volunteers can use the website: to search for opportunities based on date, category and search terms. The platform also provides information on a variety of social services, such as benefits for people of determination and benefits for seniors. Individuals or businesses can register to volunteer at events.

Sharjah Volunteer Center

Sharjah Volunteer Center is the largest volunteer network in Sharjah. Interested volunteers can register through the website:

The Sharjah Volunteer Center organizes programs and workshops that train volunteers, as well as listing volunteer opportunities in Sharjah. Volunteers can search for opportunities based on cities and institutions.

Dubai worries

Dubai Cares, part of Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Global Initiatives, is a civil society organization formally associated with the United Nations Department of Global Communications.

You can choose to participate in Dubai Cares campaigns, either through sponsorship or as a volunteer. Volunteers can access information such as country, partner and date of volunteering for each program, through the website:

The Social Contribution Authority (Ma’an)

The Social Contribution Authority aims to foster a community of volunteers in Abu Dhabi. Interested volunteers can visit the website:

Through Ma’an, both groups and volunteer organizations can contribute through donations, volunteering and corporate social responsibility for companies. The platform allows volunteers to apply to programs based on their goals, as well as allows organizations to recruit volunteers.


Volunteering at different events is usually accompanied by recognition in the form of volunteer hours. Additionally, volunteers who are pioneers in humanitarian work can also apply for a Golden Visa.

According to the eligibility criteria of the Federal Authority for Identity, Citizenship, Customs and Port Security (ICP), you will qualify if you fall into one of these categories:

  • Members of international and regional organizations, or distinguished workers from them, for a period of no less than (5) years.

  • Members of public benefit associations and institutions, or distinguished workers thereof, for a period of no less than (5) years.

  • Recipients of recognition awards from one of the local, regional or international institutions specialized in humanitarian work.

  • Distinguished volunteers in the field of humanitarian work, for a period of no less than (5) years or (500) hours of volunteering.

  • Funders of humanitarian work worth not less than AED (2,000,000) million or its equivalent.


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