As Beirut continues to grapple with the grief caused by two fatal explosions that terrorized the city on August 4, countries around the world are seeking ways to provide meaningful help in the form of resources and donations. While a plethora of Lebanese based initiatives can be accessed through organizations such as Impact Lebanon, the Lebanese Red Cross, and the Lebanese Food Bank, a number of local initiatives are now also underway in Dubai.
From donating clothes to watching Lebanese movies, here are three ways residents of Dubai can stand in solidarity with the people of Beirut.
Al Mawakeb School’s Charity Drive
Taking place between August 14 and 16, Al Mawakeb School, in collaboration with alumni from the International School of Arts and Sciences (ISAS) will host a charity drive in support of the UAE Red Crescent Society. The drive will collect donations for those in need following the blasts of August 4 in collaboration with the Emirates Red Crescent, who have so far sent over 30 tons of medical supplies from Dubai to Lebanon.
Cinema Akil’s Beirut Relief Screenings
In partnership with Front Row Films, arthouse theatre Cinema Akil will screen two Lebanese films; West Beirut (1998), and Where Do We Go Now? (2011) daily between August 9 and August 14. In a bid to raise funds for the victims of last week’s explosions, 100% of the proceeds from ticket sales will be donated to the Lebanese Red Cross.
Bay Route Donation Drive
Hosted by the Bay Route Volunteers Group, a community of politically unaffiliated Lebanese expats living in the UAE, residents of Dubai can arrange to have their items dropped off or picked up by a representative in their area. Covering all areas of Dubai including Silicon Oasis, Mirdiff, and Downtown, the group is currently accepting dry and canned food, medical and hygiene products, and new clothes, all of which will be donated to the Emirates Red Crescent’s Lebanon Campaign.