Adoption is prohibited in Islam, since it affects the lineage of the family. Therefore UAE nationals and Muslims cannot adopt a child, nor give the child their family name. However, Islam does permit Muslims to care for and look after an abandoned child or orphan.
Resident expatriate couples from other religions, who do not have children of their own can adopt a child usually from a developing country, after complying with all regulations regarding adoption. Your respective embassy/consulate will have rules which should be complied with in the adoption process. While there are no formal adoption agencies in Dubai, you can seek professional support and advice from the Adoption Support Group, Synergy Medical Centre or Human Relations Institute.
Sponsor an orphan – Dubai Charity AssociationServices for minors and orphans– Awqaf and Minors Affairs FoundationSponsor an orphan – UAE Red CrescentHow to sponsor an orphan – Beit Al Khair Society (Arabic version only)Adoption Support Group Dubai – Yahoo GroupsPre-assessment and home study adoption – Synergy Medical CentreCounselling for adoption - Human Relations InstituteAdoption from Sierra Leone - Interview of All as One Founder – Gulf NewsFuture of child paramount in adoption process – Gulf NewsAdoption for expatriates – Explorer Group