289 people arrested for taking pictures of women at Dubai beaches


DUBAI - Two hundred and eighty-nine people were caught taking pictures of women without their knowledge on Dubai’s beaches, according to police on Monday, *Gulf News <link>* reported.

Police caught a total of 1,725 people for committing various offences on beaches last year, with infractions ranging from taking pictures of women, disturbing beach users to swimming in an underwear.

With 256 people apprehended for swimming in their underwear in 2017.

“It is illegal to take pictures of women on the beaches without their knowledge. Our aim is to make beachgoers feel comfortable and protected from offenders as tourists visiting Dubai’s beaches grow,” a government spokesperson said.

The ports police station patrol marine transportation and public beaches — Jumeirah Open Beach, Umm Suqeim Beach, JBR and Al Mamzar Beach Park.

There were 14 deaths and four injuries on Dubai beaches last year, down from 29 deaths and six injuries in 2016.