Coronavirus: Dubai residents cheer health workers from their balconies

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Dubai - Many of the residents expressed their gratitude on social media.

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By Web Report

Published: Thu 26 Mar 2020, 7:54 AM

Last updated: Thu 26 Mar 2020, 3:41 PM

A video shared by Dubai Media Office on Instagram showed the residents in Dubai's JBR clapping from their balconies to applaud the country's medical professionals, the first line of defence, for their tireless efforts to combat the spread of Covid-19.

Many of the residents expressed their gratitude on Instagram.
An Instagram user wrote: "This brought me to tears- humanity at its best! So proud to be living and be part of the UAE. Thank you to all the front line workers. You are this generations heroes!"

The video was shared two days after His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, launched an online campaign to thank healthcare workers in the UAE.

Taking to Twitter, Sheikh Mohammed had 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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