Police Warn Against Breaking Rules

DUBAI — Urging people to respect the feeling of fellow Muslims who are fasting during the holy month of Ramadan which began on Saturday, the police have warned that those breaking rules will face strict action, including serving time in prison and fines.

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Published: Tue 25 Aug 2009, 12:35 AM

Last updated: Thu 2 Apr 2015, 9:23 AM

Director of General Department of Criminal Investigation, Brigadier Khalil Al Mansouri said that those found eating or drinking in public, while Muslims fast from Fajr prayers in the morning to Maghreb prayers at sundown, will be punished. He said that eating in public is a crime and legal action will be taken against violators.

Al Mansouri said, “Those who eat, drink or commit any kind of prohibited things in Ramadan would be jailed for one month and be fined a maximum of Dh2,000.” He also urged the public to inform the police about anyone seen eating in public.

Director of Criminal Control Department, Major salem Al Jalaf, said that police had caught 24 people for eating in public during the holy month of Ramadan, in the last three years. He called on private companies to avoid putting construction workers to hard work.


Take the opportunity to embrace the culture of the country

Get to know UAE nationals – be a part of their traditions.

Delight your Muslim neighbours by making them an Iftar meal — will help create stronger ties.

Be charitable – donate in the spirit of the month

Practice patience and tolerance with community and their values

Learn Arabic and about the culture by visiting heritage sites and meeting locals

Fast for a day to get familiar with the elements of the holy month


Eat or drink in public

Play loud and offensive music

Dress immodestly – refrain from wearing tight-fitting and revealing garments

Instigate or provoke a Muslim to break their fast

Smoke in public


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