Give the Gift of Blood this Ramadan

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.

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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.

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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
Khor Fakkan
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
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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.

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