Dubai Municipality inspectors, in cooperation with Dubai Police and the Dubai Naturalization and
Residency Department, nabbed last month 433 persons including street vendors, beggars and
illegal car washers. The sweep against the law-breakers had also resulted in the seizure of several
low-quality goods and pirated CDs.
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 in this regard. Inspectors at the Control Unit of the Markets Administration Section in the
Assets Management Department carry out regular checks to book the violators.
In April 2011, they caught a total of 433 people including 346 street vendors, 41 beggars, 39 car
washers and 7 illegal butchers and fish cleaners.
A total of 2,249 counterfeit products including ready-made garments, perfumes, and phones that
were fake international brands were confiscated. Also, some 6,058 DVDs with pirated films, 23
pornographic movies, 88 foodstuff items including boxes of fruits and vegetables, in addition to 12
palm trees were seized last month.
The law-breakers, who belong to various nationalities, would be handed over to the Dubai
Naturalization 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
The public is urged to call the Municipality on the toll-free number 800900 round-the-clock to
report such illegal activities.