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How to set up a non-profit organization in UAE?

How to set up a non-profit organization in UAE?

The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others - Mahatma Gandhi

Before jumping into the process of setting up an NPO, let us understand its meaning! A non-profit organization is an entity that seeks to serve the public good in the areas of religion, scientific investigation, research or educational settings and is not driven by profit.

In this article, we are going to discuss how to set up an NGO in UAE with the help of our best lawyers in UAE.

Who grants official recognition to these entities?

In Dubai, Islamic Affairs and Charitable Activities Department, International Humanitarian City or Community Development Authority c

an give official recognition and grant licenses for charitable organisations, NGOs and humanitarian relief organisations.

Different procedures for Nationals and Expats

1.    UAE Nationals have to apply to the Ministry of Community Development directly through online mode.

Expatriate residents have to submit an application to the Ministry through their corresponding consulate or embassy in the UAE.

2.    The Minister will consider the application and then refer it to the Cabinet.

3.    The Cabinet has the final say in the registration of the entity.

What to submit to CDA?

Along with the application form that was issued by the CDA, details of the founders, a list of the members of the entity, and also a list of activities that will be undertaken by the entity have to be submitted.


In Dubai, NGOs can be registered with the Chamber of Commerce. It has to be kept in mind that all donations raised in the Emirate of Dubai must obtain prior written approval of the Islamic Affairs and Charitable Activities Department (IACAD) as per Article 3 of Decree No. 9 of 2015.

BSB Legal Consultants is one of the leading law firms in UAE, our top lawyers will ready the right paperwork and right approvals to set up your NPO, for receiving the best legal service possible contact us at [email protected] or call us at +97150 8014

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