By Neil Halligan
Decree controls and audits moneys collected through fundraising activities
Dubai has issued a set of regulations on organising fundraising and charitable donations in the emirate.
Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai has issued a decree that will control and audit the moneys collected through fundraising, and ensure such moneys reach their acquired title, the official state news agency WAM reported.
The new decree declared that prior written approval must be obtained from the Islamic Affairs and Charitable Activities Department in order to engage in fundraising activities.
The Islamic Affairs and Charitable Activities Department will have the authority to encourage community members to donate, revise and approve fundraising requests, monitor and oversee fundraising activities in the emirate of Dubai, audit raised funds and confiscate any funds or moneys raised in variance with the decree and its subsequent policies and procedures, the decree added.
The penalty for violating the decree is a jail term of two months to one year and a fine of AED5,000 ($1,361) to AED100,000, or one of the defined penalties as the court may deem fit.