According to Federal Law No. 2 of 2001 (PDF in Arabic, 2 MB) monthly assistance is provided to the following categories of UAE nationals residing within the UAE:
- disabled or those with special needs
- children from unknown parents
- medically unfit persons
- married student
- families of prisoners
- financially unfit
- abandoned women
- UAE national women married to expatriate men who cannot earn a living for reasons beyond their control.
More categories may be added upon the Cabinet's approval.
People, whose applications were declined, may submit a petition to the Minister within 60 days of being informed of the decision.
The assistance amount may not to be given up or seized, unless it will be used to fulfil a court-ordered assistance for one of the beneficiary's family members.
In case the applicant provided false information or falsifying documents, the ministry has the right to stop the assistance and request for reimbursement of the amount given.
The committee has the right to pay the assistance to the legal guardian, if it is proved that the beneficiary is not qualified to handle the assistance for any reason.
The complete assistance amount is given to the beneficiary's family in case of his death.