An Emirati doctor looks on as a nursing staff prepares beds in a huge field hospital being built by the government of Dubai. File
Sheikh Mohammed expressed his appreciation for the efforts of medical, nursing and administrative staff across the UAE, which have been key to containing the spread of COVID-19 and providing the highest level of healthcare to patients. His Highness said the UAE will successfully overcome the crisis thanks to the strong solidarity between various segments of UAE society in the face of challenges.
Director General of the Dubai Health Authority Humaid Al Qutami thanked Sheikh Mohammed on behalf of all doctors for this initiative, which he said reflects His Highness’s keenness to support medical personnel in the country. This gesture will further boost their morale and encourage them in their efforts to provide the highest quality of medical care for patients infected by the virus, he said.
He also said the UAE leadership has always placed the highest priority on the medical sector and extended all the resources necessary for ensuring its success including the world’s best medical talent. The leadership has also encouraged the development of local medical talent and offered young doctors opportunities to learn and gain experience at the best international universities and scientific centres. This support has helped establish a strong healthcare system, which has enabled the UAE to mount a robust response to the COVID-19 outbreak. The country’s handling of the pandemic has won it global praise, he noted.
Al Qutami praised the efforts of local and expatriate doctors, who have demonstrated high levels of agility and flexibility and worked long hours to provide care for patients. By demonstrating selfless dedication in caring for others, they have played significant roles in helping Dubai and the UAE contain the COVID-19 pandemic. He noted that the DHA has provided comprehensive support for its staff and provided all advanced protective equipment necessary to ensure their safety.
He congratulated the doctors who were granted the “Golden Visa” and expressed his gratitude for their extraordinary efforts on the frontlines of the fight against the virus.
Announced last year, the “Golden Visa” is granted to doctors, scientists, innovators, researchers, investors and entrepreneurs in various fields.
The guidance of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, was instrumental in ensuring a rapid response to the outbreak and developing an effective counter-pandemic approach, said Dr Amer Sharif.
The UAE Ministry of Health and Prevention (MoHAP) announced on Sunday that it conducted 152,146 additional COVID-19 tests over the past 24 hours, using state-of-the-art medical testing equipment.
As part of its intensified testing campaign, the MoHAP announced 944 new coronavirus cases, bringing the total number of recorded cases in the UAE to 201,836.
The health ministry also reported 3,658 recoveries and 5 deaths due to COVID-19 complications. The ministry expressed its sincere condolences to the families of the deceased and prayed to Almighty Allah for the speedy recovery of the infected cases.
Only a couple of hundreds among US citizens in the UAE want to go back home as they may have personal commitments, especially during summer time, John Rakolta, the US Ambassador to the UAE, told WAM, in a telephone interview.
The deal arrives just in time for a summit of world leaders hosted by the U.S. government on Thursday and Friday, where the EU and other global powers will promote their pledges to protect the planet.
Biden has invited 40 world leaders including Xi and Russia's Vladimir Putin to the meet starting on Earth Day, meant to mark Washington's return to the front lines of the fight against climate change after former president Donald Trump disengaged from the process.
As aviation industry players have become more optimistic on the resumption of international flights worldwide, the International Air Transport Association (IATA) recently signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MoA) with a leading European diagnostic service provider, for more ease to passengers required to secure negative Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) test results.
Sheikh Abdullah affirmed the depth and strength of relations between the UAE and Pakistan, which, he said, are longstanding and based on mutual trust and respect. He stressed the two nations’ determination to grow cooperation across all fields for the common good of both nations’ peoples.