Expatriates and locals in Dubai are being encouraged to work together with the opening of a new centre to coordinate volunteering efforts.
The Dubai Volunteering Centre is being run by the Community Development Authority (CDA) and is situated in Al Khawaneej, reports The National.
Khaled Al Kamda, the CDA director general, said: "Volunteers can be any person, regardless of the job he has or the skills he has. It is about having the time and giving back to the community."
Specially trained staff are on hand to help volunteers learn new skills and match them to the sort of projects which will benefit from their input.
There are currently in excess of 1,000 volunteers registered with the CDA, which has been offering opportunities to give back since 2009.
One of the initiatives run by the CDA is the Weleef project, which provides care and companionship to the elderly in society who do not have relatives to look after them.
Getting involved in voluntary work is a good way to get integrated into a community.