With the start of easing the precautionary measures against the Corona virus, the gradual return to work and the opening of economic activities, the bet on society’s awareness, responsibility and awareness of the nature of the conditions we are going through with the whole world has become strong and large. The success of our model plans to confront the Corona virus from its inception depends, in large part, on the self-commitment of citizens and expatriates to preventive measures, in the workplace, transportation, shops, and homes, because any laxity in this will result in, God forbid, dangerous consequences.
One of the sources of the UAE’s strength in dealing with the virus and its repercussions is its collective spirit, in which the efforts of the State and its apparatuses are integrated with people’s awareness and cooperation within an effective and coherent national strategy, and this meaning has been affirmed by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai By saying, “The Emirates moves today as one team … and cooperates as a family … and everyone supports the actions of everyone else, to cross this exceptional period in which the world is going through.”
The message of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces to the community, was clear in its meaning and significance in this regard when His Highness said, “The lack of commitment negatively affects the gains we have achieved during the last period and the positive results of all outstanding efforts that have been made since the beginning of the Corona epidemic, which cost us a lot.”
Since the first day of the emergence of Corona virus in our country, the UAE has been proceeding with confident and conscious strides, and a balanced approach, which makes protecting lives its top priority, and striking a precise and calculated balance between maintaining people’s health and safety on the one hand and ensuring the provision of services and the conduct of state affairs on the other hand. This approach has achieved impressive successes, which have been praised and appreciated by the institutions concerned, especially with regard to the distinguished role of our leadership in crisis management, so the country ranked the first regionally and ninth in the world according to the “Global Response Index for Infectious Diseases”, issued by the Institute of Certified Management Accountants in Australia.
Now, everyone is responsible and a real participant in the success of the steps taken to ease the lockdown and traffic restrictions, and people’s commitment will be one of the main determinants of moving to the next steps. The response of the community to the precautionary measures during the past period has been large and positive, and it is important that this response be strengthened and deepened more during the coming period, because the risk still exists, and any miscalculation in dealing with it can cost us a lot, and the effects of any individual complacency may exceed the boundaries of the individual and even his family’s to the whole society.
All concerned agencies in the State have played their full role in confronting the virus, especially those working in the front line, and with cooperation of the society with these agencies; we will overcome this crisis, God willing. Our call in “Al Jundi Journal” for everyone is that the current period needs, more than ever, to enhance commitment and increase awareness, because it represents a period of real testing. God willing, we will successfully overcome it, to move to another stage in the path of returning to normal life.
His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, and His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed, always express their confidence in the response and commitment of the citizens and residents of UAE to everything that guarantees their safety and the safety of their community, so let us all be up to the expectations of our leadership.
I extend my warmest congratulations and blessings to His Highness, Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the State and Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces, “May God protect …