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Coronavirus in UAE: Sheikh Mohammed posts emotional video, launches drive to thank health workers

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Filed on March 24, 2020 | Last updated on March 24, 2020 at 12.06 pm
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Dubai Ruler thanks the first line of defence.

His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, has launched an online campaign to thank healthcare workers in the UAE.

Taking to Twitter, Sheikh Mohammed invited everyone to thank doctors, nurses, paramedics and hospital administrators. Residents can express their gratitude with #ThankYouHeroes.

Sheikh Mohammed shared a video that showed the chaotic circumstances healthcare workers toil under. One scene showed a healthcare professional leaving his phone on a table as he rushes to assist an emergency case. A WhatsApp photo he received shows a girl celebrating her birthday captioned: "We wish you were here." His reply - "Tell her that I miss her" - remained unsent.

Another scene shows a worker pasting a child's drawing with the words "I love mummy" on her locker.

The video concludes with police officers, officials, residents and healthcare workers applauding.

The UAE Vice-President tweeted: "Thank you, our first line of defense. Thank you for your sacrifices and your watchfulness for the sake of the country. You are the protectors of the homeland today and its loyal soldiers."

Urging everyone to thank them, Sheikh Mohammed added: "I invite everyone to thank them and appreciate for their continuous efforts."

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