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Dh1,000 penalty for graffiti and wall adverts

The municipality regularly receives calls from residents complaining about posters placed in front of homes.

SHARJAH // Anyone caught writing graffiti or posting unauthorised advertisements on public walls in Sharjah now faces a Dh1,000 fine.

The municipality has launched a campaign against graffiti, vandalism or posters advertising accommodation or services such as tuition.

"Our employees are working hard to remove all writing on buildings, walls, subways and lamp posts," said Sultan Al Mualla, the director general of Sharjah Municipality.

"But those found posting papers or similar writing on walls will be fined immediately."

The municipality regularly receives calls from residents complaining about posters placed in front of their homes advertising bed spaces, car-lift services, housemaids or tutoring.

Mr Al Mualla also urged the people behind these posters to use proper means of advertising to maintain the aesthetic appearance of the emirate.

Graffiti, either in the form of vulgar and offensive comments or political statements, is most common on old or abandoned buildings.

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