Residents and Expats Find Mohammed’s Online Interaction Reassuring

DUBAI - Emiratis and expatriates in the UAE said that His Highness Shaikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai going public has made them feel reassured during such hard times and has helped renew their confidence in investing in the country again.



By Ahmed Shaaban And Dhanusha Gokulan

Published: Tue 21 Apr 2009, 1:23 AM

Last updated: Thu 2 Apr 2015, 9:16 AM

Director of the Decision-support Centre of the Dubai Police Dr Mohamed Murad said, “For a Ruler to address his people’s concerns directly is outstanding. It reflects democracy and efficient communication between the Ruler and his people. Residents have a chance to freely express their opinions and voice their worries,” he said.

“Emiratis are very proud of the initiative that will help wipe out people’s worries about the future and give a boost to economic activities and productivity. The initiative is also a decisive reply to all doubts about the ability of the UAE and Dubai to boom again.”

Legal Researcher Kamal Al Talamawi said the peoples of the region are not accustomed to such unique and civilized way of communication.

“It has given expatriates, particularly who have lost their jobs, some hope to look for other job opportunities rather than giving up and going back home,” he said. Contracts Manager of ENOC Wael Safwat said that this move will create a direct open channel and develop the public confidence in their leadership, and accordingly, a firm belief that things are moving positively in the right direction.

Media executive Alyaa Mubarak said the move has encouraged the people to communicate with His Highness Shaikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai. “This will add to people’s confidence in their leaders, remove their worries about the crisis.”

Alwyn Owens, Business Principal at Holborn Assets Ltd said, “I have to say I agree with Shaikh Mohammed, there is no doubt that Dubai has suffered considerably in the fallout from the world financial crisis. But, I believe that we have probably weathered the worst of it.” Owens added that the negativity directed at Dubai and other Arab nations is born of ignorance of the Arab culture and jealousy.

British national Steven Nicolson commented on the issue with regard to the international media pulling down on Dubai’s growth. “It is natural, any developing nation would be under scrutiny from International circles. I work in the real estate sector and when I came to this country a few months ago, I couldn’t find a place to stay because it was so expensive. And now, with rents falling, it has become easier for me to find a place to myself. Dubai is fast recovering from the recession.”

Indian national Mumsy Ameen Merchant, the Director of E4 Entertainment said, “We are going through very difficult times and it is a very commendable thing that Shaikh Mohammed has spoken to the masses to comfort them. I speak for all Indians in this country, because they have invested a lot of money here and Shaikh Mohammed has done everything to make us feel comfortable.”

ahmedshaaban@khaleejtimes.com, dhanusha@khaleejtimes.com


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