‘Loyalty to the nation
is not an option’

DUBAI — Loyalty to the nation they are living in is a must for the residents, whether nationals or expatriates, affirmed a seminar organised by Dubai Residency Department as part of its Ramadan cultural programme.

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Published: Fri 20 Aug 2010, 12:42 AM

Last updated: Thu 2 Apr 2015, 11:13 AM

In his lecture ‘Loyalty and nationalism; whose responsibility’, Dr Abdurrahman Al Ansari of Dubai Police Academy told the audience that devotion to the UAE is not an option.

“As per the Constitution, no one is exempted from this essential obligation. Such a relation is far beyond the blood and language bond; it is rather of mutual interest,” he said.

Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon him) was forced to migrate from Makkah, which was the beloved place on the earth to him, at the age of 53.“However, he remained loyal to Medina where he stayed for 10 years. This is a unique and practical example of loyalty which is deeply attached to the place where one is living,” he said.

“Loyalty, both from Emiratis and expatriates, is more important and inclusive than patriotism which is only limited to the UAE nationals,” Dr Ansari said.“Emiratis are further requested to be attached to their leadership, and say not what their country has given them. They would rather say what they gave to their country. Dr Ansari then talked about job loyalty, which means devotion to the vision, mission and objectives of the institution. “An employee – as per the Human Resources Law, must abide by the employment code of ethics.

Major General Mohammad Ahmed Al Marri, Director General of the Residency and Foreigners Affairs Department, said that job loyalty is an indispensable criterion for good performance. “It does help develop the type and quality of the service being provided to the public,” he said.


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