Coronavirus: UAE leaders inspire residents in viral video by following hygiene protocol


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Dubai - Leading by example, the royals followed precautionary measures and maintained a safe distance.

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Published: Sun 15 Mar 2020, 11:00 PM

Last updated: Mon 16 Mar 2020, 8:30 PM

A video showing the UAE leaders leading by example and avoiding handshakes as they met to discuss the Covid-19 situation has gone viral.
The video shows His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, and His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, greeting each other with a wave as they met at Al Marmoum in Dubai on Monday.
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The two leaders can also be seen waving to other royals and top officials during their meeting.
They are also seen maintaining a safe distance from each other.

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The Dubai Media Office posted a photo of meeting and tweeted: "#UAE leaders lead by example and avoid handshakes, following the precautionary advice from health authorities recommended for all."
Arabs traditionally greet one another with handshakes, hugs and nose-to-nose kisses. But health authorities had urged people to avoid such people-to-people physical contact to stop the spread of the coronavirus. An advisory issued by the Ministry of Health and Prevention advises residents to wave to each other.
The gesture has won praise from Netizens, with many hailing the leaders for setting a great example.
During the meeting, the two leaders affirmed that all resources had been mobilised to fight Covid-19.

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