The number of beggars have gone up significantly during the holy month of Ramadan, according to top police officials in Dubai.
The authorities running the anti-begging campaign arrested 37 people last week alone. On Monday a teenage boy in hijab was also caught begging.
The youngster was moving around with a group of women, said Col Salem Khalifa Al Rumaithi, Deputy CID Director, Search and Investigation, Dubai Police.
The 15-year-old boy told investigating officers that he was tempted to beg because of the acitivities of the group he belonged to.
Rumaithi urged public to co-operate with police to report beggars. Children was victims of begging. Adults exploit them for their greed and spoil their future, he added.
About 65 beggars have been arrested so far this year. Between July 17 and 24 police arrested 28 beggars including four women.