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202 Beggars Arrested by Dubai Police are Mostly Visit Visa Holders

Offenders will be subject to a minimum fine of Dh5,000 and up to three months in prison

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Sagrika Mehta

Published on March 28, 2024, 08:24:40

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Dubai Police, Ramadan, Beggars, visit visa holders, Fight Begging

Dubai Police have arrested 202 beggars in the first two weeks of Ramadan as part of their anti-begging campaign during the Holy Month of Ramadan. Brig Ali Salem Al Shamsi, director of Suspects and Criminal Phenomena Department at the Dubai Police, said that most of the violators came on a visit visa to make quick money by taking advantage of people’s generosity.

According to the Dubai Police, offenders will be subject to a minimum fine of Dh5,000 and up to three months in prison. Those who organise begging activities and bring individuals from abroad to engage in begging shall be punished with imprisonment of no less than six months and a fine of not less than Dh100,000.

Al Shamsi strongly advised the public not to interact with alleged beggars out of pity. He encouraged them to report any illegal activities or begging by calling 901 or using the 'Police Eye' service on Dubai Police smart app.

He underscored that donations must be made to registered and legitimate charitable organisations to ensure that their contributions will rightfully reach the needy and not dubious individuals or groups.

Dubai authorities are taking stern action to address the issue of begging in the emirate with the aim of raising awareness on the importance of preserving the civilised image of the emirate. As part of this move, the Dubai Police General Command is currently conducting its annual “Fight Begging” campaign, which will continue throughout the Holy Month of Ramadan.

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