UAE authorities warn of a fine of up to 500,000 dirhams during Ramadan

Authorities in the UAE threaten fines of up to 500,000 dirhams in the month of Ramadan.

Ramadan in the UAE: Dubai Police give a warning, asking for fines up to Dh500,000 and carrying jail time.

The department also brought attention to a pattern in which people are using social media to swindle people into believing they are helping those in need.

In an effort to deter begging in the emirate, Dubai authorities have issued a warning as the holy month approaches and locals get ready for Ramadan.

The authorities determine the punishment for begging in the Emirates.

In the Emirates, the government decides what the penalty is for begging.

On April 13, 2024, the anti-begging campaign will get underway. Violators risk a minimum fine of Dh5,000 and a maximum sentence of three months in jail.

Colonel Saeed Al Qemzi, Director of the Wanted Persons Department, said at a press conference hosted by Dubai Police at their headquarters in Al Twar that the department is making every effort to put an end to the habit of begging.

"Beggars take advantage of people's kindness and generosity, as well as the altruistic feelings that arise during the holy month of Ramadan. Colonel Al Qemzi stated, "This practice is viewed as negative behavior that poses a threat to the security and well-being of society."

Those who plan beg events and entice foreigners to participate in them risk a minimum six-month prison sentence and a fine of at least Dh100,000.

The government brought attention to a rising trend in which people use social media to promote begging while seeming to be helping those in need. To stop these kinds of actions, the police have promised to implement strict measures.

The UAE authorities determine the penalty for collecting donations without a license.

The punishment for soliciting donations without a license is set by the UAE authorities.

Article 5 of the Information Technology Crime Law of 2012 states that anyone who uses information technology to solicit or promote fundraising without first obtaining a license from the appropriate authority faces a fine of at least Dh250,000 and up to Dh500,000, or both.

Officials have asked locals to use proper channels for charity and assistance instead of giving money to beggars. This ensures that donations go to the appropriate recipients and worthy causes via reputable institutions and charity organizations. According to the police, 99 percent of beggars view begging as a career.

In order to assist, Dubai Police have asked the public to report to them any instances of begging in residential areas or in front of businesses. Col. Al Qemzi stated, "Residents can file complaints by calling 901 or using the Dubai Police application."

The police added that a lot of people and organizations have been caught accumulating large quantities of money through begging.

Between 2020 and 2023, more than 1,700 beggars were apprehended and sentenced. of which 1,238 were men and 487 were women, according to Col. Al Qemzi.

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