Among those arrested, 143 were men, 21 were women and 78 were hawkers, said the police. “An anti-begging campaign was launched, especially to find beggar hotspots, to combat the negative phenomenon,” said Colonel Ali Salem Al Shamsi, director of the anti-infiltrators department at the Dubai Police.
As many as 242 beggars of different nationalities have been nabbed by the Dubai Police since the beginning of the holy month of Ramadan.
Col Al Shamsi also called on the public to stop helping them with money. “The public must direct those in dire straits through proper channels in order to get support from charitable institutions.”
“Strict warnings have been issued to beggars to refrain from exploiting the sentiments of people during Ramadan,” he added.
Col Al Shamsi also urged residents to report begging activities by calling 901 or through the Dubai Police app’s ‘Police Eye’ feature.