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Dubai Police pay for tickets of 1,145 inmates to send them home

Some 1,145 inmates have been reunited with their families in their home countries during the first half of this year after the General Department of Punitive and Correctional Institutions at the Dubai Police provided them flight tickets through the initiative “Your Return Is Our Duty”.

They were the first batch of beneficiaries of this initiative for inmates which facilitated their return home upon completing their sentences.

According to Brigadier Ali Al Shamali, Director of the General Department of Punitive and Correctional Institutions at Dubai Police, the total amount of flight tickets provided to these inmates amounted to AED1.5 million, with the help of their partners and philanthropists.

Al Shamali praised those who helped them in achieving their goals set for the inmates’ rehabilitation process. He added that it will give inmates a second chance to get back on the right path.

He underlined that various annual humanitarian initiatives are being undertaken by the Department in the form of financial and in-kind assistance to inmates and their families. Among the assistance they continuously provide include sponsoring tuition fees, residential charges, medical equipment, blood money, food assistance and distributing clothes and school bags.

Mark Nituma

Mark is the editorial director of TFT and is currently based in its Manila headquarters. Upon graduating from UP Diliman in 2010, he joined the internationally-awarded TV magazine show Kapuso Mo, Jessica Soho as a researcher. Nearly a year later, he became one of its segment producers. In a span of five years with GMA7, he was able to travel not only the Philippines’ most beautiful spots but also the country’s least visited places—from some of the war-torn areas of Mindanao to impoverished parts of Luzon and Visayas—capturing a closer look at life in these communities. Mark also worked with various TV programs and specials such as Philippine Treasure and Reel Time. After his five-year stint in the media network, he flew to Dubai in 2016 to start his career as a journalist/reporter for The Filipino Times. Got story pitches? Send Mark an email at [email protected] or drop him a line on

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