Ras Al Khaimah - Litterbugs fined Dh31,500 in 2 days across UAE tourist hotspots

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Most of the violations reported on Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Road and on Jebel Jais.

As mercury plummets, trash peaks. More and more people venture out to enjoy the cool weather and many of them leave tons of waste behind.   

As many as 63 people were fined Dh31,500 - Dh500 each - for littering on land, desert and mountainous areas across the tourist hotspots of Ras Al Khaimah in just two days: Friday and Saturday.

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Sources with the department of public works said Rakeb patrol inspectors nab an average of 10 environmental violators - litterbugs - every day. "However, this number went up to 63 during the weekend."

Most of the violators reported were found along the Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Road and on Jebel Jais - the highest peak in the country, they added.

Despite repeated warnings, people continue to litter on public roads, parks, and beaches. "Some leave the coal used in barbecue behind, let alone wastes, empty bottles and cans," sources pointed out.

"People are free to go camping, sightseeing, and enjoying the fine weather at any place, but without fouling the image of the city or leaving garbage behind," the department warned.

The public is urged to report any environmental violation to toll free number 800 8118.

Traffic snarls

The hordes of sightseers, visitors, and campers always end up in traffic gridlocks on weekends.

Ibrahim Saleh, an Emirati national based in , said he visits the emirate of Ras Al Khaimah on a weekly basis to enjoy the fine weather and scenic views. "The extensive green areas here are spectacular."

"However, the traffic snarls are discouraging as people park in such a haphazard way that it may take hours to reach the main road."

Abdullah Al Shamali, an Emirati national, said the road to Jebel Jais is always crowded on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays.

"Visitors come from around the country to enjoy the weather and breathtaking views from the peak."

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