- 100 Million Meals
- Ramadan Food Campaign
- Watani Al Emarat Foundation
- Gift a Meal
- Companies for Good
- Beit Al Khair Society
- Dar Al Ber Society
- Emirates Red Crescent Society
The Holy Month of Ramadan is here. Muslims across the world from all walks of life will be uniting to fast and embrace this month’s spiritual significance. In Dubai, Muslims and non-Muslims often reach out to those less fortunate with charitable organisations in the city. Here is a list of the major Ramadan charities in Dubai 2021 that you can reach out to donate food, money and time.
In these challenging times when mankind as a whole is struggling to come to terms with the COVID-19 pandemic, helping our fellow beings has become more important than ever.
100 MILLION MEALS
The Mohammed Bin Rashid Humanitarian and Charity Establishment (MBRCH) is one of the biggest charities in Dubai. Last year the initiative successfully concluded the 10 Million Meals charity campaign. For Ramadan 2021 in Dubai, the charity will cater to the needs of the local and international community through the “100 Million Meals” initiative by MBRGI.
Taking the popular charity project global for Ramadan 2021. The charity is organised by Mohammed Bin Rashid Humanitarian and Charity Establishment (MBRGI) in collaboration with the World Food Programme, MBRCH, regional network of food banks, and specialised humanitarian and charity institutions. So far, the campaign has raised AED 75 million.
This year the charity will offer assistance to disadvantaged communities in 20 countries including Egypt, Jordan and Pakistan.
The MBRCH charity is one of the three establishments aiming to carry out such a large scale charity campaign in Ramadan to ensure food delivery to the needy across the UAE and around the globe. The 100 million meals campaign is one of the biggest food distribution drive.
HOW TO APPLY?
You can pay as little as 1 AED to the charity. Those interested can donate to the ‘100 Million Meals’ campaign in four ways that include:
- Visit the campaign’s website www.100millionmeals.ae and follow the steps to donate online.
- The next method is to make a bank transfer through Dubai Islamic Bank account number AE08 0240 0015 2097 7815 201
- You can also donate by sending “Meal” on SMS to the specified UAE numbers (Etisalat and Du) listed on the official website
- Contact the 100 Meal Campaign call centre on the toll-free number 8004999 to donate.
RAMADAN FOOD CAMPAIGN
Ramadan charity in Dubai and an endeavour to break the Guinness World Record come together for this initiative. The UAE Food Bank will run a meal distribution campaign to distribute 50,000 meals and food parcels in five hours to deserving families and individuals this Ramadan.
The campaign was launched under the directives of Sheikha Hind Bint Maktoum Bin Juma Al Maktoum, wife of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, and Chairperson of the Board of Trustees of UAE Food Bank.
Dubai Municipality, the Department of Islamic Affairs and Charitable Activities Department in Dubai (IACAD) and Nefsy, a food app-based service will implement the record-breaking Dubai charity campaign. Nefsy will allow individuals to share meals with those in need through accredited charities.
Careem offers to pick up food parcels and meals after undergoing the necessary safety checks and deliver them as a part of the different charity programs.
HOW TO DONATE?
Several charities are involved in the initiative and there are several ways to donate. Use the Noon app to donate food parcels and dry food baskets. Similarly, the Talabat app and Amazon app also offers donation services for Emirates Red Crescent and the Dubai Culture and Arts Authority.
WATANI AL EMARAT FOUNDATION
Watani Al Emarat Foundation in collaboration with Dubai’s Permanent Committee of Labour Affairs will offer meals to labour accommodations. This Ramadan charity in Dubai will also deliver meals to other underprivileged beneficiaries located outside the labour camps through the “Meals of Hope” Initiative.
GIFT A MEAL INITIATIVE
Make My Meal is the UAE’s largest online meal plan and tiffin service. It was launched in collaboration with Emirates Red Crescent, the Government of Dubai, UAE Food Bank and the Islamic Affairs and Charitable Activities Department.
The Gift a Meal Ramadan charity in Dubai aims to help low-income families, the unemployed and anyone who is in need of daily essentials. For Ramadan 2021, the Gift a Meal campaign will also provide meals for frontline health care professionals who are putting their lives at stake on a daily basis during the pandemic.
HOW TO DONATE?
Visit the official Make my Meal website and fill out the form for donation. A box of seven meals costs AED 49. You also have a choice to choose between vegetarian and non-vegetarian meals.
COMPANIES FOR GOOD
When it comes to Ramadan charities in Dubai, Companies for Good is one UAE-based charity that supports various causes that corporate entities can get involved in.
For Ramadan 2021, the charity is introducing the Ramadan Packing Events. This is one way to give back to the community. Companies for Good is organising packing events at multiple workplaces across Dubai.
It combines the concept of team-building with charitable giving. Along with Iftar meal deliveries similar to other charities on this list, Companies For Good also has several other programmes that organisations can get involved in, including protecting UAE’s flora and fauna, making hats for children with cancer, helping senior citizens and more.
HOW TO DONATE?
- Visit the official ‘Companies for Good’ website in the UAE and navigate to the ‘work with us’ section.
- Employers can choose the activity they want to get involved in and make the relevant contributions.
BEIT AL KHAIR SOCIETY
Beit Al Khair Society has launched a new Ramadan 2021 charity campaign titled “And He (Allah) nurtures”. To give charity in Ramadan, the campaign initiated on February 17, 2021 and will continue over three months until Eid Al Fitr. The new campaign is aimed to offer joy and much-needed help to disadvantaged communities. It aims to assist those affected by COVID-19. Besides catering to Ramadan essentials, Beit Al Khair will also offer free meals.
DAR AL BER SOCIETY
Dar Al Ber Society aims to provide iftar meals and other necessities to the underprivileged as a charity in Dubai during Ramadan. Muslims strive to give charity in Ramadan to the less fortunate. These meals will be delivered at home, instead of the Ramadan tents the organisation usually sets up due to the current social distancing guidelines in the UAE.
EMIRATES RED CRESCENT SOCIETY
The Emirates Red Crescent (ERC) is another major institution that actively participates in Ramadan charities in Dubai. This year ERC provides a list of bank accounts for each donation type. The proceeds will go to iftar meals and other essential commodities throughout the holy month. People can choose between several purposes for their donation, such as providing food (Iftar) for people fasting.
Other charities that you can donate to include:
- Friends of Cancer Patients (FOCP)
- Dubai Cares
- Noor Dubai
- World Vision
- Save the Children
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
WHY DO MUSLIMS PAY ZAKAT IN RAMADAN?
Since one of the Five Pillars of Islam is Zakat, the practise of charitable giving, it is common for Muslims around the world to donate money, food and other necessities to the less fortunate during Ramadan.
ARE RAMADAN TENTS ALLOWED IN DUBAI?
This year due to the pandemic, Ramadan tent permits have been revoked across the UAE. With the closure of tents, non-profit and government organisations have decided to deliver food baskets, cooked meals and other essentials to those who need them. Charities are aiming to deliver countless meals during this years’ holy month of Ramadan.
WHAT ARE SOME OF THE RAMADAN TRADITIONS?
Ramadan traditions around the world vary from one country to another. In the UAE Haq Al Laila celebrates the arrival of the holy month. It begins on the eve of 15th Sha’ban – the Islamic month before Ramadan. The basic purpose of this event is to spread awareness among the people and children about Ramadan. Ramadan Canons are an old age tradition in the UAE and canons are fired to mark the start of Ramadan, iftar time and Eid.
That’s all we have for our round-up of Ramadan charities in Dubai 2021. Donate your offerings or sadaqah during Ramadan to any institution of your choice. You can also donate to these charity projects for children in Dubai.
To facilitate fasting residents, each year, the work timings for both the private and public sector in the UAE are reduced. You can also refer to the Ramadan 2021 prayer timings to ensure that you don’t miss your prayers this Ramadan. Here’s a complete list of Ramadan duas to help you recall all the duas for each Ashra.
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