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More than 408,000 sign up to UAE's volunteering initiative

Recruits of the national volunteer platform, UAE Volunteers, have so far completed 3,265,240 volunteer hours

More than 408,000 sign up to UAE's volunteering initiative
Launched in June 2017 by Sheikh Mohammed, the initiative provides volunteering opportunities in a number of sectors.

Recruits of the national volunteer platform, UAE Volunteers, have completed 3,265,240 volunteer hours, according to statistics from its website.

The number of volunteers registered on the platform has increased to 408,585 while available volunteer opportunities totalled 7,442 provided by 454 institutions in the UAE, state news agency WAM reported.

It said the statistics highlight the growing interest of Emirati citizens and residents to take part in volunteer work.

The platform is the first of its kind and the largest in the UAE, and aims to organise the country’s volunteering efforts.

Launched in June 2017, the initiative provides volunteering opportunities in a number of sectors including education, humanitarian work, care for the elderly, health, culture and arts, sports, environment, community service, hope making, and emergency response.

Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, and Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, were the first two to join volunteers.ae.

The Emirates Foundation, in collaboration with the Ministry of Community Development, developed the national volunteer platform.

Volunteer programmes and organisations in the UAE vary according to community and development needs, and include the National Volunteer Programme for Emergencies, Crisis and Disasters, the Takatuf and Sanid initiatives, the Emirates Red Crescent, the We are all Police Initiative, the Emirates Voluntary Academy in Abu Dhabi, the Dubai Volunteering Programme, the Sandooq Al Watan, and the Volunteering Incubators System.