Dubai is the city of wealth and opulence and even the beggars can make huge amounts of money, especially around Ramadan.
Begging is actually illegal in Dubai but despite this it doesn`t seem to stop anybody. In fact begging has increased over the years and the reason is because it`s so profitable. The professional beggars or smart beggars as they are referred to can earn up to Dh270,000 per month which is around $73,500 US Dollars.
Whats even more crazy is that most of the beggars aren`t even from Dubai, many of the beggars enter the country on a tourist visa and try to take advantage of the wealthy residents.
Some reports have discovered that Arab and Asian gangs are putting beggars onto the streets and then taking most of their earnings.
These so called professional or smart beggars are only targeting people who appear rich and then tell them a well-rehearsed heart-wrenching story of how bad their lives are and that they urgently need assistance. But what really sets these beggars apart is the fact that they don’t settle for the usual Dh10 or even Dh100 handouts. They ask for higher amounts, like Dh1000 ($270) or even more, and the crazy thing is many people actually give them what they ask for.
Some residents have caught on to the increasing problem and are no longer giving out handouts. In addition local authorities have been carrying out year-long campaigns targeting professional beggars.
Back in 2016, police caught one beggar who was making more than $73,500 a month. He was a foreigner and had entered the country on a three month tourist visa.
Police are arresting beggars on a regular basis but the thought of earning so much money is just too hard to resist for many people.