Vendors, beggars, car washers held

DUBAI — At least 590 street vendors, beggars and illegal car washers were nabbed last month in raids conducted by Dubai Municipality inspectors, in cooperation with Dubai Police and the Dubai Naturalisation and Residency Department (DNRD).

By A Staff Reporter

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Published: Sun 5 Jun 2005, 10:47 AM

Last updated: Thu 2 Apr 2015, 7:57 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 May 2005, they caught a total of 590 people including 389 street vendors, 100 beggars and 98 car washers,” he said.

He noted that a total of 918 items including ready-made garments, perfumes, cameras, watches, gifts and other several fake products of international brands were confiscated. Also, some 500 pirated films, 12 live birds and 125 items of fruits were also seized.

Al Shamsi explained that the law-breakers, who belong to various nationalities, would be handed over to the DNRD for deportation in coordination with Dubai Police.

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