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Mohammed bin Rashid issues law on Community Development Authority in Dubai

posted on 20/04/2015: 1650 views

In his capacity as Ruler of Dubai, Vice President and Prime Minister, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum has issued Law No. (8) of 2015 on Dubai's Community Development Authority.

The new Law aims to enhance the quality of life in the emirate of Dubai, organising and reinforcing community development, empowering vulnerable groups including senior citizens, people with special needs, underprivileged, juveniles and delinquent, and help them reach higher levels of self-dependency.

The Law also contributes to providing social services for the targeted segments and boost innovation and development capabilities in the social service sector and overseeing fulfilment of social services goals in Dubai.

According to the new law, responsibilities of Dubai's Community Development Authority are to include: drafting policies and strategic plans for social services, most particularly those related to social development, private sector's social responsibilities, human rights, and national identity in addition to proposing legislations for social development and social services.

The Law also authorised the Community Development Authority to organise, regulate and control the licensing and registration process of non-governmental organisations other than the organisations established pursuant to special legislations or falls under the responsibility of the federal government. Furthermore, the Community Development Authority is responsible for organising and regulating the licensing process for providers of social services, social workers and organising voluntary work for individuals and groups.

Additionally, Dubai's Community Development Authority is mandated to establish and manage a special system and database for social services in Dubai, set up plans and programmes required to ensure high quality of social services and human right and submit such plans and programmes to Dubai's Executive Council for approval.

The Law also authorised the Community Development Authority to draft and implement plans to develop and empower youth.

Law No (8) of 2015 substitute Law No (12) of 2008 on Dubai's Community Development Authority and annuls any other law or legislation that contradicts any of its articles. This Law is valid from the date of issuance and will be published in the Official Gazette. – Emirates News Agency, WAM –


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