Anyone caught begging in the UAE gets a three-month prison sentence and a Dh5,000 fine, according to the UAE Public Prosecution.
Raising public awareness of the penalty for begging, as outlined in Article 475 of Federal Decree-Law No. 31 of 2021 on crimes and penalties— On February 11, the UAE Public Prosecution published information on its official social media accounts.
“Whoever is detected begging to receive a physical or in-kind benefit by any form or means shall be condemned to incarceration for a term of up to three months and a fine of not less than Dh5,000,” the article adds.
The article goes on to say that if the person is caught employing deception to solicit for money, it will be regarded as an aggravated circumstance: “Begging offenses shall be considered an aggravating circumstance in the following events:
- If the beggar appears to be healthy and has a source of income,
- If the beggar pretends to be injured or disabled, pretends to be performing a service for a third party, or uses any other deception to influence others and gain their affection,
How to legally donate to a charity in the United Arab Emirates
According to Federal Law No. 3 of 2021 Concerning the Regulations of Fundraising and Donations, illegally raising funds in the UAE can result in imprisonment and a fine of up to Dh500,000.Only federal authorities and licenced non-profit organisations are permitted
to the law, which is based on a list given by the UAE’s Ministry of Community Development, only federal authorities and licenced non-profit organisations are permitted to collect, receive, and make donations.
If you’ve been the victim of a begging scam, you can report it to the authorities.
It is crucial to emphasize that giving and receiving charity in the UAE is controlled to guarantee that those who are truly in need of assistance can get it and that the kindness of community members is not exploited by malevolent operators.
Dubai Cares, Emirates Red Crescent, and Dar Al Ber Society are just a few of the numerous recognized organizations to which you can donate and volunteer.
In the United Arab Emirates, there is a penalty for unauthorized fundraising.