Apr 14, 2010

Authorities round up illegal residents in Dubai

Dubai: Around 4,000 illegal overstayers and border jumpers were arrested in Dubai in the past three months, said a senior official from the Ministry of Interior.

Major General Mohammad Ahmad Al Merri, Director-General of Dubai General Department for Residency and Foreigners Affairs, said 4,006 illegals and infiltrators were caught by residency department inspectors who were able to arrest these people in the past three months.

"Out of those illegals, the inspection patrols arrested 754 women and 3,252 men.

He said they were apprehended in 64 inspection campaigns in different areas in Dubai.

"We will be very strict against all those who try to enter the country illegally or stay here illegally," he said.

Al Merri made the statement while visiting the Follow Up and Investigation Department in Al Aweer Jail. He also visited the male and the female detention cells at the deportation jail in Al Aweer.

He called on the public to call 800-5111 for any complaints about the department or to report illegals.

Al Merri said all staff at the Follow Up and Investigation Department should know how to handle residency issues and cases.