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Ramadan charity initiatives: Season of giving


Give back to the less fortunate in observance of the Holy Month

July 3, 2014 11:31 by

By Nadine Sayegh

While fasting from sunrise to sunset is mandatory during Ramadan, it is also a month of generosity and compassion towards the less fortunate.

Charitable acts have a wonderful effect on general well-being and, whether you are fasting this year or not, it’s the perfect time to donate your time or money by partaking in a number of noteworthy initiatives across the city.

UAE Suqia

UAE Suqia, set up by Dubai Customs, aims to dig 30 wells during Ramadan (one per day) to provide clean drinking water to five million people across the world.  The project was initiated by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai. You can donate money through your mobile phone.

To contribute to the UAE Suqia campaign, SMS ‘Water’ to:

8025 to donate AED25 to save 1 life

8075 to donate AED75 to save 3 lives

8150 to donate AED150 to save 6 lives

8250 to donate AED250 to save 10 lives

8500 to donate AED500 to save 20 lives


Dr Mohammed Faizeen Bhyat’s Vision

Dr Bhyat, an optometrist, who works at Dubai’s The Vision Center, has gathered a team of volunteers to conduct free eye tests on labourers.

The team aims to examine a minimum of 250 workers per day and distribute free glasses, if required.

You can also donate unused glasses to the cause by calling 04 351 2282.


Pay it Forward by Mediaquest and Man’oushe Street

Mediaquest Corp has teamed up with Arabic restaurant Man’oushe Street to donate food to local mosques and labour camps across the city. The initiative, ‘Pay it Forward’, will donate five manakeesh for every ‘Like’ or additional follower they receive on their social media accounts on Facebook and Instagram during the Holy Month.

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