Leading by example: Sheikh Mohammed stays home during sterilisation weekend
A picture of him being in self-quarantine was shared by his daughter on her Instagram account.
By Web Report
Published: Sat 28 Mar 2020, 9:00 AM
Last updated: Sat 28 Mar 2020, 9:22 PM
His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, has been staying home during the sterilisation weekend, just like the other UAE residents in order to stop and curtail the spread of Covid-19 virus in the country.
A picture of him being in self-quarantine was shared by his daughter on her Instagram account. Another post on Ali Essa, Sheikh Mohammed's full time personal photographer's conveyed the message from the Dubai Ruler, saying, "A message to our people that their health is most important, and that all of the the state's resources are devoted towards ensuring their safety, and that everyone today is responsible for everybody else. May God protect our people and preserve our society's health, safety and wellness". He had 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."