UAE Imposes Up to a Dh500,000 Fine and Jail for Begging During Ramadan

Scheduled to commence on April 13, 2024, the anti-begging campaign aims to curb the practice through enforcement measures, imposing fines starting from Dh5,000 and potential prison sentences of up to three months for offenders.

As the holy month of Ramadan approaches and residents of Dubai prepare for the occasion, local authorities have issued a cautionary statement and announced the launch of an initiative to deter begging within the emirateDuring a press conference held at Dubai Police headquarters in Al Twar, Colonel Saeed Al Qemzi, Director of the Wanted Persons Department, emphasized the department's commitment to combatting begging activities.

Colonel Al Qemzi remarked that beggars often exploit the goodwill and generosity of individuals, particularly during Ramadan, posing a threat to societal security and welfare.

Additionally, authorities addressed a concerning trend wherein individuals leverage social media platforms to solicit funds under the guise of aiding those in need, pledging strict enforcement actions against such practices.

In accordance with the Information Technology Crime Law of 2012, individuals found using digital platforms for unauthorized fundraising may face hefty fines ranging from Dh250,000 to Dh500,000.

Officials advised residents against offering money to beggars and encouraged them to channel their charitable contributions through official channels to ensure their allocation to legitimate charitable causes.

Highlighting the prevalence of begging as a profession, Dubai Police urged residents to report any instances of begging in residential areas or commercial establishments. Complaints can be lodged through the Dubai Police application or by dialing 901.

Over the past few years, law enforcement has taken action against numerous beggars, with approximately 1,700 individuals apprehended and penalized between 2020 and 2023. Awareness campaigns will be intensified through various mediums, including residential panels, ATM screens, and display screens at Union Co-op supermarket branches, as well as through Friday prayer sermons featuring lectures on the issue of begging.

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