Because sometimes we all need a little reminder of just how thoughtful us humans can be.

Ramadan is a time of giving back to the community, and offering a helping hand to those less fortunate than yourself.

Tied with the fact that 2017 is the Year of Giving in the UAE, it seems this Holy Month is off to an exceptionally philanthropic start.

How do we know that? Just look at your social media feeds. If yours is anything like ours, it’s been flooded with evidence of touching acts of generosity taking place across the emirates.

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So, for a little pick-me-up, we’ve pulled together some of our favourites from the last couple of weeks…

Breaking their fast thousands of feet in the air

OK, it’s not as volunteer-based as the ones coming up below (and nor is it taken in the UAE), but you can’t deny that this is one epic photo. Two Saudi public security pilots were snapped tucking into their iftar as they flew towards the kingdom’s Mecca Royal Clock Tower in their helicopter.

The beauty mogul gives back


We have the best team ever! Huda Beauty packing lunches to feed 3000 people

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Huda Kattan and her team got into the spirit of Ramadan recently, volunteering to pack lunches for 3,000 people. “I posted this so to encourage others to do the same, hopefully others will see this and be motivated to help others,” the beauty entrepreneur wrote on her Facebook page.

The royal visitor

Sheikh Mansoor bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum

HH Sheikh Mansoor bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum surprised residents at a senior citizen care centre last week with a visit. The son of HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, dropped into the Family Forum Centre for iftar, and performed the Maghrib prayer with residents. The above photo brings us so much joy…

These orphans’ day out

RTA orphans

In celebration of Zayed Humanitarian Work Day, as well as the spirit of Ramadan, the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) helped clothe 100 orphans from the Emirates. Thirty of the authority’s female staff volunteered to take the kids, all from low-income families, on a shopping trip. The RTA also gave Ramadan supplies coupons to 500 families in the spirit of helping the less fortunate during the Holy Month.

These mini-me volunteers

customs iftar volunteer

As part of Dubai Customs’ Al Furdah Hands Campaign, volunteers are distributing a total of 1,000 iftar snacks to motorists on Saturday evenings during Ramadan – and bringing their kids along to help. This will “help instill the culture of giving amongst them and teach them the value of volunteerism and charitable moves,” according to a statement (and those oversized high-vis vests give us all the feels).

The snacks in action…

This box was given to a taxi driver by volunteers waiting on the roadside.

The RTA also got involved


. انطلقت اليوم سلسلة فعاليات الهيئة خلال شهر #رمضان المبارك بمشاركة قيادات وموظفي الهيئة من المتطوعين في حملة #رمضان_أمان التي ترعاها الهيئة وتنظمها جمعية الإحسان الخيرية من خلال المساهمة في توزيع الوجبات الرمضانية على التقاطعات المرورية للحد من سرعة سائقي المركبات وتفادي الحوادث عند حلول موعد الإفطار وكانت محطتنا الأولى اليوم عند تقاطع سيتي ووك، وموعدنا غداً عند تقاطع الورقاء #رمضان #رمضان_مبارك #عام_الخير #مليونية_العطاء RTA leadership and staff volunteered today in #RamadanAman initiative organized by Al Ihsan Charity Association and sponsored by RTA as part of the range of activities during the holly month. It’s an initiative aiming to reduce the drivers speeding to reach home for iftar by distributing light meals to drivers at traffic intersections before Iftar timing. The first stop today was at City Walk intersection and tomorrow will be at Al Warqaa Intersection. #YearofGiving #1MillionActsofGiving @ramadanaman @alihsancharity

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Volunteers from the agency gave out food packages to reduce the [number of] drivers speeding to reach home for iftar”. Those smiles from the motorists are definitely warming the cockles of our hearts.

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Packing goodie bags for female labourers

Fit Republik’s Labor of Love initiative aims to provide a little extra TLC for women living in labour camps, by giving them goodie bags packed with essential toiletries like shampoo, toothbrushes and cotton buds. You can either drop off items from a designated list at the gym’s collection box, or buy a ready-made package for Dhs80. Click here for more information.

The cutest little fridge-fillers

ramadan sharing fridges

Youngsters from JLT Nursery made sure one of Dubai’s many Ramadan Sharing Fridges was well stocked this week. Want to take part? Click here for more details…

A food drive to feed 1,500

Dubai’s Latin-American restaurant Coya is preparing specially-made iftar boxes for those in labour camps across the emirate over Ramadan. They’ve fed 600 people so far with three deliveries, and plan to feed 1,500 mouths in total by the end of the Holy Month. Want to volunteer? Get in touch here.

Packages for the underprivileged 

The University of Manchester Middle East got in the Year of Giving spirit by putting together care boxes as part of du’s Kindness Lives On campaign. The aim is to help feed thousands of families in Dubai and the Northern Emirates.

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Du’s CEO also got stuck in…

Along with Minister of Climate Change and Environment, HE Dr. Thani Al Zeyoudi, who also helped pack essential food boxes.

Feeding the ‘unsung heroes’

This Dubai-based catering company handed out packed lunches to labourers as “a small gesture of our appreciation”.

A solo effort

You can give back with a charity initiative, or you can create your own as UAE DJ RJ Ved proves.

And one bonus extra…

أريد أن أعبر عن وافر شكري وإمتناني لكل أفراد فريق تكية أم علي على عملهم المشرف وغير الاعتيادي خلال شهر رمضان المبارك، وحرصهم على حصول 2500 شخص على وجبة إفطار يومية. ومنذ الإعلان عن هدفنا بالوصول إلى 30 ألف أسرة محتاجة للطعام قبل نهاية عام 2017، تمكنّا في غضون شهرين فقط من زيارة  وإعتماد 7400 أسرة جديدة من أصل 7914 أسرة، ليبلغ العدد الاجمالي إلى 25 ألف أسرة ممن يحصلون على طعام كاف لسدّ رمقهم كل شهر. وقد أبدى جميع المشاركين في هذا العمل جهودًا غير عادية، ولكن لا يمكننا أن نستريح ونسعد بإنجازنا في حين لا تزال هناك 5000 أسرة بحاجة إلى المساعدة. وأدعوكم جميعاً، سمو الأمير علي ومعالي حسين المجالي، ومجلس إدارتنا الكريم وجميع موظفينا ومتطوعينا لمواصلة هذا العطاء والعمل الدؤوب لأننا لن نرتاح قبل تحقيق هدفنا ولا يمكننا الاحتفاء الحقيقي بجهودنا في حين لا يزال هناك من يعانون. أنا فخورة بكم حقًا وأشكركم مجدداً وأدعوا دوماً لكم ولكل من تساعدون بكل خير! #تكية_أم_علي #رمضان_كريم My heartfelt gratitude goes to our team at Tkiyet Um Ali for their extraordinary hard work during Ramadan, ensuring that 2500 people have a daily meal for Iftar. Since announcing our commitment of reaching the target of 30,000 families in desperate need of food before the end of 2017. I can confirm that in two months, 7,400 out of 7,914 families have been visited and welcomed among our beneficiaries totaling to 25,000 receiving enough food every month. This has been an extraordinary effort by all involved, but we should never rest and congratulate ourselves while 5,000 families still remain in need of assistance. HRH Prince Ali, Hussein Al Majali, our good Board, and all our volunteers; you must keep working, keep focused, keep delivering. I am proud of you but there is still no rest until we reach our goal. There can be no real congratulations while there are still those who are suffering.  My thoughts, gratitude, and prayers are with you, and with those you are helping! #zerohunger  #TkiyetUmAli #Ramadan_Kareem

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This might not be in the UAE, but it’s most definitely an achievement worth celebrating. HRH Princess Haya Bint Al Hussein, who donated Dhs145 million to Tkiyet Um Ali earlier this year, revealed that the non-profit she founded in 2003 is making headway on its pledge to feed 30,000 families. Not only has the Jordanian charity provided a daily iftar for 2,500 locals, but it’s also fed 25,000 families in just two months.

“I am proud of you but there is still no rest until we reach our goal,” said the royal. “There can be no real congratulations while there are still those who are suffering.”

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