Last updated: 11/6/2021

Basic Information

Geographic area
Population Group
Children, Elderly, Persons with disabilities

Programme Details

Programme objectives

To provide financial assistance to vulnerable members of the population.

Legal framework: Social Assistance Act, Federal Law no. 2 of 2001; Cabinet Decision no. 21 of 2005 and no. 14 of 2008 (regarding the values of social assistance).

 

References
Government of the UAE. 2017. “Social Welfare Programmes.” Government of the United Arab Emirates website. Accessed 27 July 2017. <https://government.ae/en/informationand-services/social-affairs/social-welfare-programmes>.
Start date
2001
References
Government of the UAE. 2017. “Social Welfare Programmes.” Government of the United Arab Emirates website. Accessed 27 July 2017. <https://government.ae/en/informationand-services/social-affairs/social-welfare-programmes>.
Coverage
40,121 families; 14,075 older people, representing 37 per cent of elderly people in the country in 2012 Number of children covered: 4,882 children, 862 of whom are orphans, 3,697 children with disabilities, and 323 children of unknown parentage
References
UAE interact. n.d. “Social Welfare.” UAE interact website. Accessed 27 September 2017. <http://www.uaeinteract.com/society/welfare.asp>.
Programme expenditure
AED7.14 billion disbursed in 2012
References
UAE interact. n.d. “Social Welfare.” UAE interact website. Accessed 27 September 2017. <http://www.uaeinteract.com/society/welfare.asp>.

Targeting and egiblity

Targeting methods
Means Test
Categorical Targeting
References
Government of the UAE. 2017. “Social Welfare Programmes.” Government of the United Arab Emirates website. Accessed 27 July 2017. <https://government.ae/en/informationand-services/social-affairs/social-welfare-programmes>.
Targeted areas
Nationwide
Target groups
UAE nationals residing in the country, in the following categories: widows, divorcees, people with a disability or special needs, elderly people, orphans, children of unknown parents, medically unfit persons, married students, families of prisoners, financially unfit people, abandoned women, UAE national women married to expatriate men who cannot earn a living for reasons beyond their control.
References
Government of the UAE. 2017. “Social Welfare Programmes.” Government of the United Arab Emirates website. Accessed 27 July 2017. <https://government.ae/en/informationand-services/social-affairs/social-welfare-programmes>.
Eligibility criteria
Only nationals residing in the UAE
References
Government of the UAE. 2017. “Social Welfare Programmes.” Government of the United Arab Emirates website. Accessed 27 July 2017. <https://government.ae/en/informationand-services/social-affairs/social-welfare-programmes>.

Coverage and other information

Type of benefits
Cash
Amount of benefits
AED625 per person (minimum amount)
References
Government of the UAE. 2017. “Social Welfare Programmes.” Government of the United Arab Emirates website. Accessed 27 July 2017. <https://government.ae/en/informationand-services/social-affairs/social-welfare-programmes>
Payment/delivery frequency
Monthly
References
Government of the UAE. 2017. “Social Welfare Programmes.” Government of the United Arab Emirates website. Accessed 27 July 2017. <https://government.ae/en/informationand-services/social-affairs/social-welfare-programmes>.