Time Out Dubai celebrates philanthropy in Dubai in 2015. Read about the work of Reademption, The Goodwill Tribe, Volunteer in UAE, ARTE and Karma Kitchen
Injoy Giving Launched in June by Dubai-dwellers Natasha and Martin Rockstrom, the site allows you to purchase gifts that have a humanitarian impact. Injoy Giving partners with local businesses, and each present purchased supports the UN’s World Food Programme to provide school meals for children. www.injoygiving.com.
Karma Kitchen This company puts its “pay it forward” notion into practise. Rather than paying for their own meal, volunteers pay for the meals of those who can’t afford to pay for themselves. The last event took place in September at Ajanta Restaurant in Karama and guests left inspiring messages for the next customer to enjoy. www.karmakitchen.org.
Arte The acronym stands for Artisans of the Emirates and the group holds regular markets offering a platform for local artists, illustrators, potters and jewellers to make a living from their craft. The markets are held at various locations including Times Square Center, Oasis Centre and Mercato Mall. www.arte.ae.
The Mission to Seafarers This organisation continually supports those who work at sea. Seafarers are often away from their homes for months, with limited communication with their families. The Mission provides emotional support and legal advice. It also operates The Flying Angel, the only floating seafarers’ centre in the world. It visits ships in anchorage daily to bring crews a small taste of home. www.missiontoseafarers.org.
Volunteer in UAE Volunteers can get in touch with this organisation to get involved with lending a hand. It also offers charities access to a bank of willing helpers. The company was established in 2008, and it continues to be the go-to for volunteers in Dubai. www.volunteerinuae.com.
JLT outdoor cinema Uniting people through film, these free screenings take place throughout the cooler months and bring the local community together. Family-friendly films are screened on Fridays and grown-up movies on Saturday nights. www.facebook.com/jltoutdoorcinema2015and2016.
The Goodwill Tribe This team of volunteers have been writing letters to strangers in a bit to spread a little love and cheer to those in need, and encouraging the community to be selfless and do something worthy for someone else. www.facebook.com/thegoodwilltribedubai.
Reademption Founded in October 2014, this multichannel library allows members to borrow from a collection of more than 30,000 titles across books, e-books and audiobooks. The library in Al Wasl Centre is a friendly spot where bookworms can lose themselves in literacy. www.reademption.com.