Dubai: 202 beggars arrested, many on visit visa

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The groups of beggars arrested in Dubai. DUBAI POLICE

Dubai: 202 beggars arrested, many on visit visa

The number of beggars arrested in Dubai has reached 202 as of the first half of Ramadan, with many of those arrested on visit visa, according to Dubai Police.

The arrests were part of the anti-begging campaign launched by Dubai Police in collaboration with the General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs-Dubai, Dubai Municipality, and the Islamic Affairs and Charitable Activities Department in Dubai.

Brigadier Ali Salem Al Shamsi, Director of Suspects and Criminal Phenomena Department at the Dubai Police, said among those arrested were 112 men and 90 women.

Al Shamsi said while majority of those arrested were on visit visas, others were residents taking advantage of people’s sentiments during Ramadan. The police official said that legal measures have been taken against the offenders.

Under the UAE law, begging is considered a criminal offence that will lead to jail time, a fine of not less than Dh5,000. Offenders may also face deportation. The punishment will be more severe if the beggar is found to feign disability or injury, has a source of income, claims false service, or commits any form of deceit to draw sympathy. Harsher penalties also apply to individuals involved in organized begging or begging syndicates. ICA/Expat Media

How to report beggars

You can report beggars to authorities through the following hotlines:

Abu Dhabi: 999 or 8002626 (800Aman), SMS on 2828
Ajman: 06 7034310
Dubai: 901 or 800243 or 8004888
Fujairah: 09 2051100 or 09 2224411
Ras Al Khaimah: 07 2053372
Sharjah: 901 or 80040 or 06 5632222
Umm Al Quwain: 999

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