UAE Vice President and Prime Minister and Dubai Ruler Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum has ordered the release of 547 prisoners ahead of the Islamic holiday of Eid Al Adha.
The group were described as being of different nationalities from Dubai’s correctional and punitive establishments.
“The Attorney-General of Dubai Essam Issa Al Humaidan said His Highness’s gesture to pardon inmates aims to offer them a fresh start in life, ease their families’ suffering, and help them reintegrate into the community,” according to state news agency WAM.
Dubai’s Public Prosecution has begun coordinating with Dubai Police to implement the order.
Rulers across the Gulf region typically release prisoners ahead of Islamic occasions like the holy month of Ramadan and Eid.
Yesterday, UAE President Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan pardoned 704 prisoners and settled their financial obligations.
Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Ajman Sheikh Humaid bin Rashid Al Nuaimi also ordered the release of 90 prisoners earlier on Tuesday, with a similar announced for an unspecified number of prisoners from Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Umm Al Qaiwain Sheikh Saud bin Rashid Al Mu’alla.