Government, UAE

UAE residents can now pay Zakat via smart devices

UAE residents can now make Zakat donations through their smart device in a new initiative launched by Smart Dubai in collaboration with Dar Al Ber Society, WAM reported.

Zakat al-Fitr is charity given to the poor at the end of the fasting in the Islamic holy month of Ramadan.

The new ‘Zakat Al-Fitr’ service is now available in the Dubai Now application, as the emirate embrace technology while delivering quality services to customers, in line with the spirit of the Year of Zayed.

Dr. Aisha bint Butti bin Bishr, Director-General of the Smart Dubai Office, SDO, said, “We have always sought to ensure that the Dubai Now application aligns with the directives of the UAE’s wise leadership to harmonise efforts across government and private entities to support Dubai’s smart transformation. We strived to build an integrated smart ecosystem and offer advanced services that harness technology to improve people’s quality of life and spread happiness among them.

Photo credit: WAM

According to Dr bin Bishr, the services offered in the application are not only limited to Dubai, it can also be accessed anywhere around the world.

Khalfan Khalifa Al Mazroui, Chairman of Dar Al Ber Society, lauded the cooperation between Smart Dubai and the Society’s IT department to launch the Zakat Al-Fitr smart service. Al Mazroui said that Dar Al Ber strives to provide best-in-class, hassle-free and high-quality services to donors, people in need and members of all segments of society.

“We seek to provide flexible smart services to spread happiness in the community, as directed by the UAE leadership and in line with the country’s policies,” he explained, calling on those eligible for Zakat to avail the new service.

The Zakat Al-Fitr service is now accessible through the Dubai Now application, which is available at the App Store and Google Play. The platform seeks to meet the requirements of its customers by providing round-the-clock access to government services. To date, more than 734,000 customers have downloaded the application and nearly 272,000 have registered to use it.

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