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Sharjah's government began moving single men out of a family neighbourhood on Monday after reports that some of them intimidated women and their families
Sheikh Dr Sultan bin Muhammad Al Qasimi, Ruler of Sharjah, told the municipality and police force to begin inspections and prepare to carry out evictions.
The decision was made after an Emirati woman called Sharjah TV and radio station on Sunday.
Sharjah to clear single men out of family district
She said she and her children felt unsafe because single men were crowding near her house in Al Qadisiya, an older suburb with many large villas, and acting in an unruly manner.
Thabit Al Turaifi, director general of Sharjah City Municipality, said inspectors would be sent to the area.
Officials previously issued warnings about houses in the area, which are often shared by dozens of single men.
Sharjah Police said officers from across its divisions would be joined by Civil Defence crews as they inspected residences and found out who lived there.
Two years ago, the spotlight fell on overcrowding in the emirate when a fire tore through a large villa in the Maysaloon district, about 3 kilometres from Al Qadisiya.
A woman and her son were killed in the blaze, which injured 64 others.
Officials said that about 70 low-income workers were living in the house at the time of the fire.
Dubai and Abu Dhabi authorities also worked to tackle overcrowding in residential suburbs and industrial areas.