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Arrested beggar staying in luxury Dubai hotel

Gov't official says man arrested for begging outside mosques was staying in top hotel.

Arrested beggar staying in luxury Dubai hotel
LUXURY STAY: A man arrested for begging outside mosques was staying in a five-star hotel in Dubai, officials have said. (Photo for illustrative purposes only)

A man arrested for begging outside mosques in Dubai was staying in one of the city’s five star hotels, a government official has claimed.The man, who was deported 17 months ago after being arrested for the same offence, has now most likely had to downgrade his accommodation after being handed over to the authorities.

The attorney general is currently investigating the case, Hashim Ali Darwish, an assistant director of the Dubai Department of Naturalisation and Residency, told UAE daily Al Bayan.

During his latest stay in the country, the man had sent three money transfers to his family in an unnamed Arab country over a three week period.

Authorities in the UAE and Saudi Arabia are planning a crackdown on beggars during Ramadan after a rise in the number of cases reported.

The economic downturn is expected to increase the number of beggars travelling to the region to take advantage of the holy month.

Ahead of last year’s Ramadan, the Abu Dhabi police told state news agency WAM about similar cases of detained beggars having been found to stay in luxury hotels.

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Hanif Mohammed 11 years ago

LOL !! During Ramadan, there will be loads of them out in the streets and car parks !! Typical story is same, and they are looking for more than a Dirham. Please do not encourage them by parting with your money, and if they are hungry, tell them you will pay for their meal by yourself - never give them money !! If they are twos, be careful, because they sometimes threathen you.

Ateeq 11 years ago

It is difficult to stop them. They are dabbler peggers. I think government should enact a regulation to condemn anyone give money to those peggers. I believe anyone want to donate to poor people can find them around and mostly they do not ask for money.

Ali 11 years ago

"Authorities in the UAE and Saudi Arabia are planning a crackdown on beggars during Ramadan after a rise in the number of cases reported." Isn't Ramadan the very time of year that we are meant to give to the less fortunate and be charitable?

EP 11 years ago

Begging is forbidden in Islam. That is why the authorities are getting rid of them.