Legal forms of philanthropic organizations included in the law: Corporation, Limited Liability Company, Trust
There are other categories for charitable organizations such as Public Welfare Organization, Charitable Society, Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) and Nonprofit Organizations.
Main social issues addressed by these organizations: Arts and Culture, Basic Needs, International Causes, Religion
Average time established by law to register a philanthropic organization: More than 90 days
Average cost for registering a philanthropic organization: Varies
Registering or establishing a philanthropic organization (PO) is primarily only possible through a 'royal decree' in one of the seven emirates that make up the United Arab Emirates (UAE). This is understandably difficult to obtain. Organizations often register abroad or will register in a free zone, areas that are considered to be offshore. Abu Dhabi Global Markets and the Dubai International Financial Center are two popular free zones for establishment where many establish trusts or other similar organizations to carry out philanthropic activities.
Government levels primarily regulating the incorporation of philanthropic organizations: Central/Federal Government, Local Government
The UAE is a federal system that shares regulatory authority between federal and the 'emirate' (local) level. Each emirate has varying levels of regulatory maturity and complexity.