Dubai Police have arrested almost 200 beggars in its annual anti-begging campaign, which started just before Ramadan.
A total of 197 were arrested in Dubai during the campaign, 166 were men and 31 were women, according to Colonel Mohammad Rashid Bin Surai, Director of the Tourism Security Department, an increase on the179 who were arrested last year.
Col Bin Surai told Gulf News that police increased their patrols in areas that were known to be frequented by beggars, like Jumeirah, Deira, Al Twar and Al Mamzar, as well as outside mosques during prayer times.
He said they also detected a number of beggars who were staying in luxury accommodation and in possession of large sums of money, including a woman who left her children at a five-star hotel while she was out begging, and an African man found in a high-end hotel with expensive clothes and possessions.
Anyone wishing to report beggars in Dubai can contact 800-CID (800-243).