Ramadan is the month of giving, and the conglomerated feeling of generosity that has embedded the city is contagious regardless of faith, age or ethnicity. FMCG giant OMO has created charity bins at prominent malls (Deira City Centre, MOE and City Centre Mirdif) and even tied up with Uber for free pickups from home. Well-meaning residents have installed refrigerators that can be filled with fresh food and drink for the needy, and Iftar tents have popped up in every nook and cranny installing a sense of brotherhood that is so in line with the teachings of Islam.
How have you been giving back this Ramadan?
With shorter work hours, I’ve taken the time to clear out the wardrobe and used the Uber service to send off 3 big piles of clothes to the OMO initiative. I’ve also sent a home-cooked meal to my building watchmen (more on that in a separate post), yet there is one more thing I am planning to add to the list… give blood.
Did you know that blood donations can drop by a staggering 30% in Ramadan (according to Gulf News)? Yet the demand for blood transfusions remains the same. If you, like me, have been in the unfortunate predicament of seeing a loved one in need for blood (or perhaps have been in the receiving end yourself), you surely understand the magnanimity of the situation.
Cash and kind are often the most common means of charity, but blood is not as common. Blood is always in dire need.
Apart from the philanthropic side of giving, donating blood is also very good for health. Click here for my past post for more details.
Today I am leaving you with a list of locations across the UAE where you can safely donate blood. What better time to start on such an altruistic initiative than the month of giving? Ramadan Kareem.
|Emirate||Blood Transfusion Center||Tel No.||Address|
|DUBAI||Blood Bank – Latifa (Al Wasl) Hospital||04-2193221||Oud Metha Road – Dubai|
|Blood Bank – Tawam Hospital||03-7623088||Jimi – Al Ain|
|Blood Bank – Zayed Miltary Hospital||02-4055243||Musaffah Road – Abu Dhabi|
|Blood Bank – Al Baraha Hospital||04-2731451||Arabic Gulf Street – Dubai|
|SHARJAH||Sharjah Blood Transfuion and Research Center||06-5582111||University City Street – Region Moweleh|
|P.O Box: 2605 Sharjah|
|ABU DHABI||Abu Dhabi Blood Bank Center||02-6656508||Manhal Street – Abu Dhabi|
|AL AIN||Blood Bank – Al Ain Hospital||03-7072475||Al- Ain City|
|NORTHERN EMIRATES||Blood Bank – Al Dhaid Hospital||06-8020245||Hisham Bin Abdul Rahman Street – Al Dhaid|
|Blood Bank – Kalba Hospital||09-2030256||Ali Bin Abi Talib Street –|
|Al Baraha area – Kalba|
|Blood Bank – Khorfakkan Hospital||09-2080316||Khaled Bin Al Waleed Street – Yarmouk district|
|P.O Box: 10 449|
|Blood Bank – Ajman Khalifa Hospital||06-7050539||Next to the Ajman University of Science and Technology – Ajman|
|Blood Bank – Umm Al Quwain Hospital||06-7657220||Mualla Street – opposite the National Bank of Dubai|
|Umm Al Quwain|
|Blood Bank – Saqar Hospital||07-2023167||Algosaidat Area, Ras Al Khaimah|
|Blood Bank – Saif Bin Gubash Hospital||07-2024592||Al Nakheel Area, Oman Street RAK|
|Blood Bank – Fujairah Hospital||09-2020503||Fujairah Hospital – Nagmyat St.- Front Al-Futtaim Motors – Fujairah|
|Blood Bank – Dibba Al Fujairah Hospital||09-2061292||Sheikh Zayed Road – Dibba Fujairah|
And if giving blood is really not possible for you, remember every little act of giving counts… even beyond Ramadan.