In UAE, seeking donations without a permit is punishable by imprisonment and/or a fine of up to AED500,000. Those who are willing to help the needy during the holy month of Ramadan are urged to follow the legal channels.
The public prosecution in the UAE cited Article 27 of the Federal Law No. 5 of 2012 regarding combating cybercrimes. The article states: “Shall be punished by imprisonment and a fine not less than AED 250,000 and not in excess of AED 500,000 or either of these two penalties whoever establishes, manages or runs a website or publishes information on the computer network or any information technology means to call or promote for the collection of donations without a license accredited by the competent authority.”
It also highlighted Article 8 of Federal Law No. (4) for 2018, concerning the regulation and care of mosques, which states: shall be sentenced to imprisonment for a maximum of three months or a fine of maximum AED 5,000 or either one of the two penalties, whoever collect donations or contributions at mosques without permission from the authorities.