Giving Back – Ramadan 2019

City Centre malls across the UAE are accepting donations of clothes, books and toys!

This Ramadan give back to the community by helping stock up community fridges around Dubai. Fridge locations have already been updated on their handy map! Check out Ramadan Sharing Fridges on Facebook for details

Dubai Cares has launched some great initiatives this Ramadan.

Volunteer with Takatof as part of their Takatof Ramadan Project and help furnish and renovate Social and Community Clubs of various nationalities around the UAE

Thumbay Hospitals in Dubai , Ajman and Fujairah have launched their “Donate and Save Lives” campaign which is calling for donations of toys and books across the month of Ramadan.

McDonald’s has partnered with Emirates Red Crescent this Ramadan and will be selling Ramadan Books for AED 5 each at their stores. All proceeds will go to charity!

Open Arms UAE is collecting donations to provide Iftar for blue collar workers.

This Ramadan, Make My Meal is hoping to serve a million meals and will be donating AED 1 per meal to Emirates Red Crescent. You can choose to buy the meals online, have them delivered on your behalf, choose to deliver them personally or even volunteer with the team.

A number of organizations have partnered with Al Jalila Foundation and will be donating a portion of their proceeds to children with debilitating or life threatening illnesses as part of the Basma Initiative.

Giving Back – Ramadan 2018

Ramadan is finally upon us (we’ve got our countdown started already!) and with it, countless initiatives to give back to the community we live in. Like previous years, I’ll be making a list of all the initiatives I come across so everyone has a handy database to refer to throughout the month. And as always, let me know if there’s any amazing event happening that you’d like to highlight!

Release a Prisoner

Pakistan Association in Dubai has teamed up with Emirates Red Crescent and has launched the Release a Prisoner Campaign. Funds collected will go to helping release prisoners who cannot pay their fines or are in need of tickets to go back home.


Mawada Project

Mawada Project is bringing back its popular Ramadan Giving campaigns and it’s not too late to get involved. You can help to create handmade dolls that will be gifted to refugees or underprivileged children or you can choose to participate in their hospital visits, making gifts and visiting patients.



A Touch of Love


OMO Arabia is back this year with their Touch of Love campaign. Clothes can be dropped off at certain City Centre, Lulu and Panda outlets. OMO will take it from there to ensure that the clothes are distributed to people in need.

Tree of Life

Arabian Centre
has brought back it’s Tree of Life. For every donation made, whether its clothes, books, money or even toys, a lamp will be lit on the tree and all donations will be handed over to Red Crescent for distribution in refugee camps across Somalia, Yemen and Syria.


Ramadan Together with Careem and DM

Careem has partnered with Dubai Municipality to help make your donations much easier. It’s as simple as booking the “Food Bank” car. They will come to your location, pick up your food donations and stock the closest fridge! And all for free!


Give a Good Example This Ramadan

City Centres across the emirates and Emirates Red Crescent have geared up this Ramadan for the “Give a Good Example This Ramadan” campaign and will be collecting your donations of toys, books and clothes.


Xline Dare To Donate

If you’re looking for a fun way to contribute to charity, look no further than  the Xline for a chance to take a night time zip line ride from JBR across Dubai Marina. Proceeds will be going to Al Jalila Foundation. Click here for tickets!


Open Arms Eid Gifts

Open Arms UAE under the umbrella of the Emirates Red Crescent has launched its Eid Gifts campaign. They’re calling on YOU to purchase gift kits which will be given to blue collar workers in the UAE. You have till May 28th to buy the gift packs!

Magical Wishing Well

Dubai Festival City Mall together with Disney will be hosting the Magical Wishing Well this Ramadan where you can send greetings to your loved ones around the world. For every greeting shared, AED 1 will be donated to Al Jalila Foundation.


Dubai Cares Back to School

Not sure how to contribute this Ramadan? How about volunteering your time? Dubai Cares is looking for 2000 volunteers from May 26-29 to help assemble 50000 school kits for children affected by the Syrian crisis in Jordan. You can sign up on the Volunteers website.


Haji Sahab Biryani Packs

This year Haji Sahab has teamed up with Al Jalila Foundation as a Basma partner and will be donating Biryani Packs for iftar for only AED 10 (or you could choose to buy the packs for yourself! Their biryani is realllllllly good!). For each biryani pack that’s sold, they will be donating AED 1 to Al Jalila Foundation to help children with life threatening illnesses.


Ramadan Sharing Fridges

It’s back! Following on the success of 2017, Ramadan Sharing Fridges is now a licensed initiative in Dubai under the patronage of Emirates Red Crescent. So if you’re looking to adopt a fridge, or simply looking to help make sure the fridges don’t go empty, you can drop an email to the team or check out their Facebook page for more details!

Volunteering with Dubai Cares

If you’ve never volunteered with Dubai Cares before, it’s time to give it some serious thought. I never had an opportunity to take part in any of their events before, mainly due to the fact that there are more volunteers than slots available, which is probably the nicest problem to have, but managed to get a slot in the 3rd edition of Volunteer Emirates at Al Rashidiya Private School this year.

The charity school, with over 700 students, was in need of helping hands for a nice makeover. From arranging the library, painting murals, assembling shelving and setting up the theatre and even landscaping, people were ready to help with it all.

We started at around 8am, got assigned to our groups and I was in with the mural painting team. I’ll be frank, I’m not much of a painter, but there is something amazing about seeing the walls transform from a boring cream, to a rainbow of colours and images that would bring out the inner painter in us all.

While the other teams headed off to do the heavy lifting with the shelves and landscaping, we headed off to collect our paint, plastic rolls, brushes, thinner, gloves and all our energy so we could finish up before lunch. As we were working, I was reminded yet again of how volunteering brings out the best in people- everyone doing their best, working together and helping each other out whether that meant lending each other brushes and paints to avoid the long walk to the paint station, or giving their artistic opinion on whether the sand looked real enough or if we needed to figure out a new paint mixing formula instead.

Also, the team that had gathered was a true testament to the diversity in the UAE- so many different nationalities with their own unique backgrounds and experiences, brought together by a common cause, sharing and learning through great conversations over a palette and a fatayer. Many of us came in as strangers and left as friends with phone numbers exchanged and promises to meet again soon.

Even as we wrapped up, there was still lots of work being done to ready the school for the first day after the weekend. What a surprise it will be for the kids- to walk in on Sunday morning and see their school transformed… like magic… 🙂


Tadaa… done, with moments to spare

I think we could all do with bringing some magic into other people’s lives ❤