Begging is illegal in Abu Dhabi, particularly during Ramadan
It really is a thing, where people come here to prey on the added goodwill the Holy Month brings with it. I've had a woman cradling an infant turn up at my door asking for money and two years ago, I was approached while getting into my car by a man wielding a festering sore on his forearm. Two weeks later, my friend encountered the same man. Same festering sore.