Volunteering is another aspect of philanthropy and a door that can be used by the rich and the poor alike, enabling you to offer your effort, time and experience. Dubai Government encourages you to join as a volunteer in any of the accredited charities and social initiatives in Dubai and UAE. International Humanitarian City is also spearheading the growth of Corporate Social Responsibility in the region and encourages volunteers to join its member programmes.
In February 2011, HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, issued a decree to establish the Dubai Appreciation Award for community service. This award will honour individuals and personalities from the private and community sector and civil society, who have demonstrated their service to society in the areas of health, education and social welfare.