Ras Al-Khaimah takes Strict procedures against beggars
Ras Al-Khaimah takes Strict procedures against beggars

The campaign was launched in cooperation with the Criminal Investigation Department and police stations across the emirate to ensure security for the community.

Ras Al Khaimah police launched a campaign to arrest beggars, as the risk of begging is greatly increased during the holy month of Ramadan.

Major General Ali Abdullah bin Alwan Al-Nuaimi, Commander-in-Chief of Ras Al Khaimah Police, said that the campaign targets all segments of society to help the police curb the negative phenomenon, and the public is urged to inform the police of any cases of begging they face.

"The campaign was launched in cooperation with the Criminal Investigation Department and police stations across the emirate to ensure security for the community."

He added that security patrols and workers have been deployed to all markets and residential areas, where beggars are monitored and mostly reported.

"All the beggars who were arrested have been referred to the relevant bodies for legal action."
"Some of them were brought to the country with a visitor visa just to beg."
Al-Naimi urged the public to contribute charity to licensed charities that have a clear and proven path for all disadvantaged and low-income cases.

He said, "Widows, orphans, and poor patients included are more qualified for these charities," noting that "professional beggars" exploit people's feelings during the holy month.

Law :

In April 2018, the UAE issued a federal law to combat begging, punishing anyone arrested with a fine of 5,000 dirhams and up to three months in prison.

Those who run beggars gangs are sentenced to imprisonment for a period of no less than six months and a fine of no less than 100,000 dirhams, and similar penalties will be imposed on those who recruit workers as beggars.

Anyone who gets sick by begging, however has been proven to have an income and in good condition and good health, will get the maximum penalty possible.

The maximum punishment is punishable for those who use any form of tricks to deceive the audience and play with their emotions, including disabilities or false injuries.