The world is ‘changing rapidly’

HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the ruler of Dubai and Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE, is leading by example during this period of social distancing and self-isolation.

His Highness conducted a virtual cabinet meeting via the popular video-chatting app Zoom with other UAE diplomats.

During the meeting Sheikh Mohammed noted how the working world was “changing rapidly” during this period, according to Emirates 24|7.

“We are proud of the flexibility and readiness shown by the UAE Government in dealing with the current developments,” he said. “Our services are continuing around the clock.”

He noted how the work of the government it to ensure to add value to the “country and to the life of our citizens and residents”.

“During the current circumstances, we want to reach out to our people in a more effective way to support them and facilitate the services provided for them,” Sheikh Mohammed said. “[The] world of work is changing rapidly; dedication at home, workplace and everywhere has to continue.”

His Highness said if it was needed, the UAE government would alter their systems “without hesitation” in order to keep up with the changing times.

Following the meeting, His Highness expressed his gratitude for everyone in the UAE, citizens and residents, for supporting each other during this time of hardship.

“In the UAE, people support each other like one family to overcome these exceptional circumstances that the world is currently facing,” he said. “We are blessed to have this spirit of solidarity and a safe country.”

As part of new measures to combat the further spreading of coronavirus, all residents in Dubai now need to apply for movement permits in order to leave their homes.

Reinstating movement permits comes after it was announced the national sterilisation programme was to be extended to 24 hours a day in Dubai requiring people to stay home at all times. Those who to do not comply with the rules could be faced with legal implications.

For those included in the vital and support workers categories you do not need a movement permit, but a letter from employers must be obtained in order to outline movements to and from work.

There have been 1,798 confirmed cases of coronavirus in the UAE — 144 of those have recovered, and there has been 10 fatalities.

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