Awqaf and Minors Affairs Foundation Registers First Endowment Contribution Through Visual Testimony
Awqaf and Minors Affairs Foundation (AMAF) has registered the first endowment contribution through a visual testimony system that utilizes live streaming in cooperation with Dubai Courts to confirm the donation.
The pioneering move is part of AMAF’s endeavors to introduce innovative practices in the endowment sector and adopt smart technologies that facilitate endowment work.
In collaboration with the Customer Happiness Department at Dubai Courts, AMAF’s Endowment Development Department used an iPad to establish visual contact between Ubaid Ghanem Ubaid bin Shaiban Al Muhairi, an Emirati citizen who offered the testimony from his home, and the judge who received the testimony at the Dubai Courts headquarters. Through live streaming, Al Muhairi expressed his wish to donate a plot of land and its buildings for general charity purposes. The procedure differs from traditional practices that require donors to be physically present before the judge to confirm their endowments.
Al Muhairi said: “I donate the land and its buildings for general charity purposes, provided that I will be responsible for the management of this endowment as long as I am alive. Afterwards, the endowment’s management will move to AMAF, which will continue to spend its revenues on general charity purposes.”
His Excellency Ali Al Mutawa, Secretary General of AMAF, said: “We are keen to implement the latest technologies in the endowment sector to facilitate contributions and donations, and increase the number of unique endowments that benefit individuals and society.”
He added: “We are seeking to innovate in the diverse types and methods of endowment within our purview. We have recently listed several of our smart endowment options on the Dubai Now application. This has significantly enhanced convenience through enabling donors to contribute to endowments anytime and anywhere through their smart devices.”
His Excellency Taresh Eid Al Mansouri, Managing Director of Dubai Courts, said: “Our Customer Happiness Department is committed to providing smart, transparent, efficient and convenient services that meet the needs of the UAE’s citizens and residents. Through establishing smart communication channels, we are able to enhance customer happiness as part of our efforts to achieve our strategic plan.”
Awqaf and Minors Affairs
The birth of the Awqaf and Minors Affairs Foundation (AMAF) came with the issue of law No. 6 in 2004 during the era of the late His Highness Sheikh Maktoum bin Rashid Al Maktoum. With the expansion of the institution in its work and functions, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister and Ruler Dubai issued law No. 9 in 2007 organizing the work of the institution, to ensure the provision of a conducive environment for greater achievements in the development of ‘awqaf’ and minors’ funds, and the care of their affairs, according to a well-aimed plan, and a conscious vision and insight.