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Dubai: Online shopping has become so popular that even prisoners at Dubai’s Al Aweer Central Jail are using it to sell their products.

The Department of Punitive and Correctional Establishments at Dubai Police developed the online portal in 2015, and are selling handicrafts that range from copper tables and chairs to ship models and golden decorated boxes.

Inmates who work at the workshop can get a reduced sentence if they maintain a record of good behaviour.

Dubai Police also promote the products through social media and their website, in addition to exhibitions in government departments, malls and schools.


Annual exhibitions are held at the Global Village and Heritage Village.


Gulf News previously reported that inmates work between 8am to 12.30pm daily, except on weekends.

They earn monthly wages and at the end of the year take five per cent of the total profit.


To find out what products are available, log on to the Dubai Police website.

Items for sale can also be viewed on the Dubai Police app and paid for on delivery.