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Authorities issue advice ahead of Ramadan

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A RAMADAN awareness campaign has been launched by Abu Dhabi Police advising residents against bad behaviour such as begging, overspending, speeding and illegal fireworks.
The initiative, which is being held under the slogan ‘Your Safety’, will run throughout the month. Captain Mubarak Al Mansouri, Media Campaigns Branch Manager at the Security Media Department at the General Secretariat of the Office of HH Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior, said: “We will also urge the public to adhere to fire safety regulations, especially inside Ramadan tents, and encourage motorists to refrain from parking vehicles randomly near mosques, especially during the Tarawih prayer.”

The drive, which will be implemented by police and other sectors of the Ministry of Interior, will also include activities and programmes of a humanitarian and spiritual nature. “The objective is to reduce stress levels for those who are fasting, and for those who are in the fields of traffic, security, society, or prevention,” said Al Mansouri. Police said they have also stepped up measures to stop begging as the problem increases during Ramadan.

“This is fraud, not people in need,” said Col Rashid Borshid, acting director of Abu Dhabi Community Police Directorate. He claimed some beggars go door-to-door to familiarise themselves with homes so they can later attempt robberies.

Among the 300 beggars arrested last Ramadan was an Asian woman who was caught asking for handouts outside a mosque to raise money for her daughter’s wedding in her home country. Police said the 50-year-old mother-of-four had entered the country on a visit visa.


>> Smoke, drink or eat in public during the hours of sunrise to sunset. This includes while you are driving.
>> Kiss, sing or dance in public
>> Be overly rowdy. Keep stereos at a low volume.
>> Wear revealing or tight-fitting clothes in public.
>> Swear in public or point fingers at others.

>> Smoke, drink and eat in privacy of your home or hotel room.
>> Get sociable in the evenings for Iftar.
>> Give to the poor and help the needy.
>> Say “Ramadan Kareem” to your Muslim friends and colleagues.


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