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Anti-begging efforts to continue across country.

The campaign managed to achieve its objectives in delivering its key message, which clearly reflects the UAE society's rejection of "the scourge of begging that tarnishes the bright and civilised image of the UAE".

Abu Dhabi -- The Ministry of Interior concluded its media awareness campaign titled 'No to Begging' on Saturday, but the police across the country will continue to make all efforts to curb the activity.

The campaign, run by the Security Media Department at the General Secretariat of the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior via different TV, radio and print media outlets, in addition to social networking sites and the ministry's social media pages, received a good response from the public, said Lt-General Saif Abdullah Al Sha'far, Undersecretary at the ministry.

The campaign managed to achieve its objectives in delivering its key message, which clearly reflects the UAE society's rejection of "the scourge of begging that tarnishes the bright and civilised image of the UAE", he said.

He also commended the role of the Emirates Red Crescent and other charitable associations in the country in identifying the categories that are truly eligible for help, highlighting their commitment to humanitarian and charitable assistance to needy families in the UAE or abroad. He called upon society members to donate their money through the appropriate channels to support humanitarian efforts carried out under the auspices of the competent entities.

Colonel Saeed Al Khajah, Deputy Director of the Security Media Department, said begging is considered a kind of swindling and fraud, whereas many beggars use various methods to garner community members' sympathy. They have potential for fraud, and are out to cheat people and cash in on their generosity, he said.

He commended the valuable interaction of the public with the campaign and the immense response from the media, which contributed to the campaign's success.

He added, "Even though the 'No to Begging' campaign has concluded, the police will not cease to exert efforts at the national level with the aim of curtailing this negative societal scourge."

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Publication:Khaleej Times (Dubai, United Arab Emirates)
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Date:Mar 29, 2015
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