The Crown Prince of Dubai has declared the launch of an ‘Endowment Sukuk’ to which companies and individuals can make their contributions. Funds from the project will go towards educational, health and humanitarian projects.
Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum announced that it would start from Dh100 million.
Sheikh Hamdan tweeted, “Dubai is a pioneer in establishing creative initiatives in the economic and development sectors and also in the humanitarian field. The Endowment Sukuk will aid companies’ contributions in charity projects.”
The company or individual will require to make an initial contribution of Dh100 million from endowment bonds and funds. The initiative is based on the enduring endowment of donated funds, as per the mechanism that allows endowers to support humanitarian and charitable goals while also ensuring the complete preservation of assets.
The proceeds from the endowment will be transferred semi-yearly to the Mohammed Bin Rashid Global Centre for Endowment Consultancy (MBRGCEC). They will be used up for projects related to humanity managed by the Awqaf and Minors Affairs Foundation around the UAE.
The initiative also features Shariah-compliant endowment bonds of two kinds; temporary and permanent. The temporary bonds further belong to three categories depending on their tenure- one year, three years or five years.
Both institutions and individuals can issue the bonds feature expected returns as high as 3.5%.
Moreover, they also provide full protection of the original investment, whether it is a temporary endowment or permanent. Companies whose contribution will be Dh1 million or more than that will be honoured with Sukuk Al Waqf Sign.
Individuals can purchase bonds starting from Dh 1,000, whereas companies can buy bonds starting from Dh10,000.
The funds of the Sukuk Al Waqf endowment bonds will be utilised for charitable donations as per the donor’s choice in areas as diverse as social affairs, education, health and general charity.