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Emirates’ Efficient and Humanitarian Management of the Corona Crisis

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When His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, may God keep him, says, “No one needs to live in poverty, go hungry or gets sick on the land of the United Arab Emirates (UAE)”, and when His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces, issued his call that spread comfort and reassurance in all parts of the country “Do not worry about anything,” stressing that “the UAE is able to provide medicine and food indefinitely”, then we are in front of an exceptional model presented by the Emirates to the whole world in managing the Corona virus crisis. This model is characterized by humanitarianism, efficiency, self-confidence and effectiveness, in addition to readiness to deal with different circumstances and transitions.
 Since the beginning of the crisis, our wise leadership stands at the center of confrontation with COVID-19 pandemic, through planning, directing, and continuous follow-up, launching initiatives and sending messages internally and externally, and this creates a state of dedication to work and duty, because when the leader is at the forefront, he inspires the work teams and fills them with enthusiasm.
The UAE health infrastructure has proven that it is super capable of dealing with the repercussions of the virus, in terms of providing detection and making tests available to all citizens and residents. The UAE is one of few countries in the world to conduct the highest rates of Corona tests. It also dealt efficiently with infected cases and provided treatment services at the highest levels, the thing which explains the high cure rates and low death rates registered in the country.
 The advanced communication infrastructure has contributed to efficiently providing all services remotely including distance education, remote work, remote shopping, and others.
 The State institutions concerned with confronting the virus showed high efficiency in terms of coordination, integration and cooperation in addition to working in the spirit of one team, which reflected success on the ground certified by the concerned international institutions, especially the World Health Organization.
No citizen or expatriate felt any shortage of a commodity in the market, and many governmental and popular initiatives came out to provide support to the needy groups. Perhaps the “10 million meals” Campaign of Her Highness Sheikha Hind Bint Maktoum bin Juma Al Maktoum, wife of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, is a prominent example in this regard.
 The UAE set the most wonderful example in humanity in dealing with the epidemic from its inception, as it hosted the expatriates as well as the citizens, and provided care and treatment for all. His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed expressed his pride in the residents saying, “We are fortunate to have them among us and to share them our identity”. The State has not forgotten the people of determination (the disabled), but it rather launched a national program to examine them in their homes, whether citizens or expatriates. On the external level, the assistance provided to countries all over the world to support them in the face of the virus did not stop, confirming the authentic humanitarian face of the State since the era of Sheikh Zayed, may God have mercy on him.
 May God protect the Emirates and its people from all evils and keep them a symbol of uniqueness and humanitarianism..

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