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09/12/2017 - 07:00hs
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Dubai calls on residents to volunteer

The emirate’s government launched a campaign to encourage voluntary work. Locals can download an app and apply for a host of activities at locations such as hospitals and other institutions.



São Paulo – The government of the emirate of Dubai has launched a volunteer work campaign to encourage its residents to volunteer. The purpose of Day for Dubai is to have city dwellers devote one day a year to helping out those in need, making improvements throughout the city or protecting the environment.

Dubai’s crown prince sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum sent out text messages urging residents to join in. An application is available for download from Google Play and the Apple App Store, and a website is also up (www.dayfordubai.com).

Users can browse the app for volunteer work opportunities, as well as register and pick a location. Options include schools, institutions, hospitals and government entities. Another option is to help out with activities such has marathons or summit meetings.

There are 14 volunteer work categories available. The app includes the sites, dates and number of people and work hours required for each activity. After completing their work, volunteers can request a certificate of participation.

The project is also intended to make Dubai the world’s most giving city. A survey made public in September showed that the UAE had made AED 1.6 billion (USD 435 million) worth of donations that far into the year.

*Translated by Gabriel Pomerancblum

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