His order comes ahead of the Holy Month starting this week
3 May 2019| Last updated on 4 May 2019
The Holy Month begins this week, and every year the country's leaders take an act of kindness.
On Friday, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoun, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, ordered the release of almost 600 prisoners ahead of Ramadan 2019.
Exactly 587 prisoners of different nationalities will be released from Dubai's correctional and punitive establishments to help give them a "fresh start in life and reintegrate into the community."
Attorney General of Dubai Chancellor, Essam Issa Al Humaidan, said that His Highness's order to pardon the prisoners "will bring happiness to their families."
He also said that the Public Prosecution has commenced the legal procedures to implement Sheikh Mohammed's order.
The news follows an earlier announcement that The President, His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, has ordered the release of 3,005 prisoners serving various sentences in the UAE - including the 587 in Dubai.
According to news reports, the financial obligations of the released prisoners will also be settled ahead of the Holy Month.
Why does the UAE release prisoners ahead of Ramadan?
The decision to release and financially assist prisoners is a gesture that reflects the UAE President's keenness to provide prisoners with an opportunity to start a new life, and alleviate hardships on their families.
Every year, the President and the country's rulers pardon prisoners and order the settling of debts of those jailed for the Holy Month of Ramadan.