475 law-breakers held in DM sweep

DUBAI — Dubai Municipality inspectors, in cooperation with Dubai Police and the Dubai Naturalisation and Residency Department, nabbed 475 persons last month, including street vendors, beggars and illegal car washers.

By A Staff Reporter

Published: Sun 7 Aug 2005, 10:40 AM

Last updated: Thu 2 Apr 2015, 7:12 PM

According to Obeid Salem Al Shamsi, Assistant Director-General of Dubai Municipality for Administrative Affairs and General Services, the sweep against the law-breakers had also resulted in the seizure of several low-quality goods, pirated CDs and live birds.

Civic inspectors conduct daily spot checks in streets and public places to prevent street vending, begging and car washing in public places by individuals in violation of a ruling by the Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs in this regard.

“The nine inspectors at the Security and Monitoring Unit of the Administrative Affairs Department carry out regular checks. In July they caught a total of 475 people including 307 street vendors, 47 beggars, 100 car washers and 21 illegal butchers,” he said.

He noted that a total of 1,176 items including ready-made garments, perfumes, cameras, watches, gifts and other several fake products of international brands were confiscated. Also, some 1408 pirated CDs including 49 pornographic movies and 130 items of fruits were also seized.

Al Shamsi explained that the law-breakers, who belong to various nationalities, would be handed over to the Dubai Naturalisation and Residency Department for deportation in coordination with Dubai Police. The seized goods would be destroyed and disposed off safely after legal actions were taken against the violators. He noted the public can call the Municipality Emergency office on 04-2232323 round-the-clock to report such illegal activities.

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