UAE 14 May 2020: His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, has issued directives to grant 10-year Golden Visas to 212 doctors of various specializations working for the Dubai Health Authority (DHA).
It is a token of appreciation for their efforts in the fight against Covid-19 and their selfless dedication to caring for infected patients.
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, said Wam.
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.
Announced last year, the Golden Visa is granted to doctors, scientists, innovators, researchers, investors and entrepreneurs in various fields.
Mohamed bin Zayed praises UAE healthcare workers
His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, expressed his gratitude to everyone working in the healthcare sector, describing them as the “source of the UAE’s honorable pride”, working relentlessly for the protection and safety of the communities living in this country.
Recognizing the challenges of the voluntary lockdowns observed across the world, His Highness praised the UAE’s response to the pandemic, and the central role of science, healthcare and the UAE’s frontliners in preparing for and prevailing in this unprecedented global challenge. Commenting on the novelty of this global pandemic, His Highness said: “The world, for the first time in the history of mankind, is united against one common enemy. We need to be patient – we are all saddened by the closure of worship places, and the lockdown that inhibits us from seeing our family, friends and loved ones, but patience is key for us to overcome this challenge.”
The episode, titled ‘Standing Together: Our Healthcare Response to COVID-19’, explored the UAE’s response to COVID-19, across medical equipment, data analysis and technology.
Abdul Rahman bin Mohammad bin Nasser Al Owais, Minister of Health and Prevention, highlighted preparation as the UAE’s key success factor in combatting the pandemic, explaining that building capacity and ex-pertise allowed the government to take swift action.
Highlighting the top-10 global ranking of UAE leadership’s response to the pandemic, he said: “Everything we worked on in the past years has proven its significance today. We have prepared extensively through contingency plans for this novel challenge, and today we reap the results of this preparedness.”
A discussion was also held between His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed, joined by H.H. Sheikh Theyab bin Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Chairman of the Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Court, and Sheikha Salama bint Mohammed bin Hamad Al Nahyan.
Taking part in a video call with the attendees were Dr Omar Qais, Consultant – Emergency Medicine, Jessa Dawn, a nurse, Dr Fatima Al Attar, Head of International Health Regulations, Dr Stefan Weber, Infectious Diseases Consultant and Medical Director of the National Reference Laboratory for Infectious Diseases, and Arun Eapen, Charge Nurse at an Emergency Department.
The episode was aired on Emarat TV and Dubai TV on Wednesday and will be replayed on Monday. All episodes are available to view on YouTube.