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Up to Dh500,000 fine, jail: Dubai Police issues warning, launches anti-begging campaign

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Dubai Police Launch Anti-Begging Campaign Ahead of Ramadan

As Ramadan approaches, Dubai authorities initiate a campaign against begging, warning of hefty fines and imprisonment for offenders.

With the holy month drawing closer, Dubai authorities have issued a stern warning and announced the launch of an anti-begging campaign to deter this practice in the emirate.

The anti-begging campaign is set to kick off on April 13, 2024. Offenders caught begging will face a minimum fine of Dh5,000 and could be sentenced to up to three months in prison.

Dubai Police held a press conference at their headquarters in Al Twar, where Colonel Saeed Al Qemzi, Director of the Wanted Persons Department, emphasized the department's commitment to eradicating begging.

Colonel Al Qemzi highlighted that beggars often exploit people's compassion, especially during Ramadan, which poses a threat to society's security and well-being.

Individuals involved in organizing begging activities or bringing individuals from abroad to engage in begging will face severe penalties, including imprisonment for at least six months and a fine of no less than Dh100,000.

The police also addressed a concerning trend where individuals exploit social media platforms to encourage begging, falsely claiming to assist those in need. Strict measures will be enforced to address such activities.

According to the Information Technology Crime Law of 2012, individuals using information technology means to solicit or promote fundraising without an approved license from the competent authority will face fines ranging from Dh250,000 to Dh500,000.

Authorities urged residents not to give money to beggars and advised them to utilize official channels for charity and assistance. This ensures that donations reach deserving causes through recognized charitable organizations and institutions.

Dubai Police emphasized that the majority of beggars view begging as a profession, and residents should refrain from supporting this practice.

Residents are encouraged to cooperate by reporting any instances of begging in residential neighborhoods or in front of shops to Dubai Police through the official channels.

Dubai Police revealed that they have apprehended and punished over 1,700 beggars from 2020 to 2023, with a significant number being females.

To raise awareness about the issue, Dubai Police will employ various mediums, including panels in residential areas, ATM screens, and display screens across Union Co-op supermarket branches. Additionally, awareness efforts will extend to Friday prayer sermons, with lectures on begging scheduled after each prayer.

By: Sahiba Suri