Coronavirus: Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed personally thanks Pakistani volunteer

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Hind Al Soulia - Riyadh - A volunteer who gave up his time to translate for Abu Dhabi Police during city wide disinfection programmes has been thanked by Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed.

The Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces thanked Pakistani resident Rashid Khayer during a virtual Majiis on Thursday.

“Brother Rashid how are you?” said Sheikh Mohamed during a video conference call.

“My brother Rashid I promise you something: if God gives us life it will not be through this screen.

“For all of you, it will be close-up and with a hug, I promise you that.”

Volunteers were invited to tell their stories of working across Abu Dhabi during the coronavirus outbreak.

Mr Khayer, who usually works at Abu Dhabi Airport, was selected as a police interpreter to help with blue collar workers because of his capacities with multiple languages.

The role was particularly important as thousands of workers of south Asian nationalities have had their accommodation disinfected to reduce the spread of Covid-19.

Mr Khayer, who has lived in the UAE for 30 years, gave an account of his experiences working with police and what motivated him to volunteer.

“I entered a labour accommodation and one policeman was trying to explain to them that we were there to help them and do tests [for coronavirus],” he said.

“The labourers thought they did something wrong and were worried and afraid.

“That’s when I came in and explained in their language that police were there to help them and they would take them to the hospital if they were sick and give them free medication and care, all provided by the UAE government.”

Mr Khayer said he volunteered to make life easier for police by building a bridge between workers and the authorities.

In an earlier briefing, Sheikh Mohamed emphasised the stay at home message for families during the Eid Al Fitr holiday.

Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, participates in an online lecture by Obaid Al Shamsi, Director-General of the National Emergency Crisis and Disaster Management Authority. The lecture was broadcast on Al Emarat Channel as part of the Ramadan lecture series of Majlis Mohamed bin Zayed. Seen with granddaughter, Sheikha Shamma bint Khaled (R), Sheikh Mohammed bin Nahyan (3rd R) and Sheikha Fatima bint Mohammed (4th R). Hamad Al Kaabi / Ministry of Presidential Affairs

Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed takes part in the final online lecture as part of the Ramadan series of Majlis Mohamed bin Zayed. Seen with Sheikh Theyab bin Mohamed, Abu Dhabi Executive Council member and Chairman of the Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Court. Hamad Al Kaabi / Ministry of Presidential Affairs

Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed participates in an online lecture as part of an annual Ramadan series organised by Majlis Mohamed bin Zayed. Seen with his granddaughter Sheikha Shamma bint Khaled (R), Sheikh Mohammed bin Nahyan (3rd R), Sheikha Fatima bint Mohammed (4th R) and Sheikh Theyab bin Mohamed. Hamad Al Kaabi / Ministry of Presidential Affairs

Dr Farida Al Hosani, official spokesperson for the UAE health sector, participates in an online lecture on Thursday. Mohamed Al Hammadi / Ministry of Presidential Affairs

Sheikh Theyab bin Mohamed (L), participates in an online lecture by Obaid Al Shamsi, Director-General of the National Emergency Crisis and Disaster Management Authority, on Thursday. Seen with Sheikha Fatima bint Mohammed. Hamad Al Kaabi / Ministry of Presidential Affairs

Matar Al Nuaimi, Director General of the Abu Dhabi Public Health Centre, participates in the final online lecture, part of the Ramadan series organised by Majlis Mohamed bin Zayed each year. Saeed Al Neyadi / Ministry of Presidential Affairs

*This story has been amended since initial publication

Updated: May 23, 2020 12:07 PM

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