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ask louiseQuestionI am 19 years old and staying in Dubai during the summer and would like to do some volunteer work. Can you suggest some places that take volunteers.

AnswerThere are several places that take volunteers, at Expat Echo Dubai we have compiled a list of places that accept volunteers, take a look here, however, you will need to contact them directly.  Kids Summer camps are also on, they may require extra help, you can take a look at our Summer Camp Directory which has all the contact numbers.


The National Ramadan KareemWe round up a list of registered local and international charities and non-profit organisations, one for every day of the holy month, through which you can give back to the community.

Day 1: Adopt-a-Camp Foundation This registered non-profit organisation has been working with more than 57,000 labourers living in 53 camps. Its volunteers are busy all year round giving English lessons, organising sports tournaments and scheduling counselling and hygiene sessions. Every year, Adopt-a-Camp also organises Iftars. Visit; email

Day 2: The Palestine Children’s Relief Fund PCRF was established in 1991 to provide medical support to Palestinian youth affected by the humanitarian crisis in the Middle East. It has now extended its services to all children in need of treatment and aid in the region.

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ASK_LouiseQuestionIs there anyone in Dubai doing collections for the people of Nepal or any charities that I can donate to?

AnswerWhat a great topical question. There is the Children of the mountain which is a non-profit organisation supporting the
poorest children in rural Nepal, providing them with opportunities through education and personal development.
In UAE, Du is giving all its Nepalese customers three free minutes to call home and get in touch with their family. Dial any number in Nepal before midnight April 27 and the first three minutes of talk time will be free of charge.

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the-old-libraryReading is a favourite past time of many expats whether it’s a book about Dubai or the latest thriller.  Amongst the expat community there are many “book-clubs” which is a great way of meeting people and learning about new titles. Even with the popularity of the Kindle a favourite past-time of many expats in their home countries would have been to visit the local library and even in this ultra-modern city this is still possible at The Old Library.

The Old Library is Dubai’s leading English Language Lending Library with over 1800 family and individual members. It is a non-profit organisation which is run entirely by volunteers as a service to the Dubai community. The Library is part of the Dubai Community Theatre and Art Centre (DUCTAC) which is located at the Mall of the Emirates on Sheikh Zayed Road in Al Barsha. Read more

syrian-refugeesTalking to many of my friends in Dubai we are all busy “spring cleaning”.  It’s a new year and it seems that many people are preparing early for the big move in the summer and others are just using this quiet time to get organized before the next onslaught of visitors escaping the harsh winter in Europe.

Unfortunately, in many countries throughout region people cannot escape the harsh winter as they are stuck in refugee camps with hardly any warm clothes, shoes or bedding.

Groups within the Dubai community are now collecting to send items such as shoes, socks, blankets, and winter clothes so we ask you to look through your cupboards and donate.  Below are some of the charities collecting. Read more

leaves-dubaiWith divorce numbers rising to record levels in Dubai, rest assured that if you are one of the many finding themselves in this situation, you are not alone.

Yet separation and or divorce can be one of the hardest, loneliest and most overwhelming times you may ever have to face. It’s made harder by the fact that we are often far away from family, friends and people we might truly trust. It’s harder still when the legal system is Read more

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