The International Center for Not-for-Profit Law (ICNL) recently released their newest issue of Global Trends in NGO Law: ”The Legal Landscape for Philanthropy in the Arab Gulf”. 

The paper examines the laws and regulations affecting philanthropy in Kuwait, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the united Arab Emirates highlighting the key issues and legal obstacles that a potential philanthropist can expect to face when forming and operating a philanthropic organisation or engaging in philanthropic activities, In recent years, these Gulf countries have implemented many legislative and regulatory reforms, and in some cases major reforms, impacting the philanthropic sector. 

Some of these changes improve upon the pre-existing legal framework and facilitate the ability of philanthropists to operate. Other changes, however, permit pre-existing constraints on philanthropy to remain in place, or introduce additional burdensome restrictions.