IACAD warns fundraising campaigns without license
The Islamic Affairs and Charitable Activities Department in Dubai (IACAD) supports fundraising campaigns and charitable activities work in Dubai, as part of IACAD’s commitment to Article 9 of the 50-Year-Charter, in adherence with the highest international standards. All of which ensure that donations reach the intended recipients who need it the most.
Ahmed Darwish Al-Muhairi, Executive Director of the charitable work sector in IACAD emphasized that the global crisis related to the emerging virus, as known as Covid-19, contributed in extending a helping hand, which reflects the principle of human solidarity in the Emirates society. Explaining that any charitable work requires money or other means that contributes in the development of a society, requires an organized effort, which is what IACAD is doing in line with its tasks according to the highest international standards.
Al-Muhairi pointed out that several unlicensed fundraising campaigns to were discovered in various regions in Dubai, noting that the Islamic Affairs and Charitable Activities Department provides all the necessary facilities for who are wishing to organize fundraising campaigns and charitable activities. This works continuously with all concerned authorities to enhance the culture of charitable work. All of which ensure that donations reach the intended recipients who need it the most.
Al-Muhairi stressed on ensuring compliance with the provisions of the law, with regard on regulating donations in the emirate of Dubai, noting that IACAD has documented all discovered violations, through judicial seizures.
Article No. (3) of Decree No. (9) of 2015 regarding regulating donations in the emirate of Dubai stipulates the following: It is prohibited to collect donations or allow them to be collected in the emirate of Dubai or to announce them through visual or readable means or other medium, unless having the department’s prior written approval.
It is worth mentioning that IACAD recently held a media roundtable to discuss its latest resolutions. Administrative Resolution No. (8) of 2020 prescribed nine conditions for amicable settlements with violators of Decree No. (9) of 2015 on regulating donations in the emirate of Dubai. The resolution also explained the implications of amicable settlements, so as not to prejudice the procedures to be taken against the violator stipulated in Article (13) of the decree. The Executive Director of the Charity Sector at IACAD is authorised to issue the necessary instructions needed to implement the resolution.