The Department of Community Development (DCD) has called on the public to refrain from paying restaurants and caterers to prepare iftar meals for distribution. The DCD stressed that any charitable donations and financial contributions must be done through fundraising licensed entities in Abu Dhabi.
Outsourcing and paying restaurants to prepare iftar meals is a violation of Federal Law No. (3) of 2021and its bylaw, which regulate the fundraising activities and donations in the UAE. Individuals who would like to make charitable contributions can do so through in-kind or cash donations made to fundraising licensed entities or regulated donation boxes.
The DCD stressed the importance of establishing a culture of giving in accordance with legal frameworks and legislations. This helps regulate donations by protecting donor funds and ensuring they reach the right beneficiaries. Whereas the department considered the customs of preparing, buying, and distributing Iftar meals to families in the neighborhood, or distributing meals and dates to passers, or placing water in mosques, as not violating the law as long as they do not collect any kind of money or donations for illegal purposes.
Additionally, the Department of Community Development reiterated that establishing, organizing, or performing any act aimed at collecting donations in Abu Dhabi is not allowed without a permit from DCD, with the exception of Fundraising Licensed Entities which are charities, federal, local and civil institutions that are permitted by laws and decrees to collect, receive and make donations. Additionally, due to their extensive experience and the capabilities to carry out such tasks.
Imprisonment and a fine of no less than Dh150,000 and no more than Dh300,000 will be imposed on any entity collects or receives donations without obtaining a permit.