UAE’s Federal Law on Anti-begging
According to Federal Law No. 9 of 2018 on Anti-begging (100 KB PDF in Arabic), anyone caught begging in the UAE will be fined AED 5,000 and imprisoned for a term up to three months. Those operating professional gangs of beggars or recruiting people from outside the country to work as beggars face a jail term of not less than six months and a minimum fine of AED 100,000.
The law aims to:
- preserve the image of the UAE
- protect the society
- fight begging and organised begging.
At the discretion of the UAE’s Public Prosecution, people who are accused of begging, but qualify for social welfare, may be referred to Ministry of Community Development or the competent local authority to get social support or trained for work.