Watch: 1,500 nurses, doctors at Dubai’s Rashid Hospital honoured for their role in fighting COVID-19

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National Air Cargo Group and Dubai Health Authority once again joined hands to recognise the efforts of and sacrifices of health workers — especially during the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Dubai: Marking the International Nurses Day 2021, around 1,500 nurses, doctors and medical staff members of Dubai’s Rashid Hospital were honoured at a special event here.

National Air Cargo Group and Dubai Health Authority (DHA) once again joined hands to recognise the efforts of and sacrifices of health workers — especially during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The International Council of Nurses observes May 12 — the birth anniversary of Florence Nightingale, the British nurse and social reformer known as the founder of modern nursing — as International Nurses Day.

This year, the celebrations organised at Rashid Hospital also coincided with Eid Al Fitr festivities on Thursday.

Hamad Al Attar, Jacob Matthew, Alan White welcomed the nurses and medical staff and presented them with flowers and specially designed commemorative mementos.
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Hamad Al Attar, director of finance and administration, Rashid Hospital, Jacob Matthew, president and board member, National Air Cargo Group and Alan White, chief growth officer, National Air Cargo Group, welcomed the nurses and medical staff and presented them with flowers and specially designed commemorative mementos.

Staff members were also visited at their respective workstations, wards, intensive care units and presented with flowers and mementos. Nurses, doctors and the entire staff of the hospital were also treated to ice cream at a specially organised ‘ice cream truck’ outside the venue.

“We highly appreciate this gesture and our staff members looked forward to this year’s celebrations. We acknowledge the efforts of our team members and this is a true recognition for their service,” said Al Attar.

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Nurses, doctors and the entire staff of the hospital were also treated to ice cream at a specially organised ‘ice cream truck’ outside the venue.
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Commenting on the event, Matthew said: “Each year, we consider this as a privilege to honour and recognise the efforts of the nurses’ fraternity. These frontline workers are a source of hope and support, especially in this stressful global pandemic situation.” He added: “We salute their hard work, dedication and selfless service to humanity. We also appreciate the leadership of DHA and Rashid Hospital for joining hands with us to organise such a unique and meaningful initiative.”

The Middle East division of the United States-headquartered cargo airline had also donated 100,000 masks and gloves to Dubai Police during the pandemic.

Staff members were visited at their respective workstations, wards, intensive care units and presented with flowers and mementos.
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Sharjah mall to honour 500 nurses

Meanwhile, a mall in Sharjah has announced that it will honour 500 nurses under the theme ‘Nurses are Superheroes’. “We sent out a message to our customers on social media channels, seeking nominations from nurses for the honouring ceremony. In two days, we received registrations from nurses working with more than 120 health-care establishments,” said Swavvab Ali, marketing manager of Safari Mall. He said most of the nurses, who have registered, are from Sharjah and Dubai. “They are from clinics, hospitals, COVID-centres and a couple of schools as well.”

The nurses of different nationalities will be honoured with special gifts on May 22 and 23. “We have also readied a canvas on which customers can stick comments appreciating the services of nurses known to them,” Ali added.

Tributes from Indian mission

Meanwhile, the Indian Embassy in Abu Dhabi paid tributes to the nursing community on the occasion. “It is said that it’s in the difficult times that real heroes emerge. The recent past has taught us how much the #healthcare workers like nurses mean to a society. On this #InternationalNursesDay we salute our brave heroes for their relentless service,” the mission tweeted.

Indian Ambassador to the UAE, Pavan Kapoor, also took to Twitter to salute the nurses. “On #InternationalNursesDay I pay tribute to the sterling effort of nurses in India & various hospitals across UAE. Nurses are at frontline of our #fightagainstcovid and we salute their courage & determination to help others often at great risk to themselves,” he tweeted.

Sheikh Mohamed Bin Zayed shares Eid Al Fitr wishes

Dubai: His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces extended Eid wishes through his official Twitter account on Wednesday.

He tweeted, “Eid Mubarak to the UAE President and Vice President, the Rulers of the Emirates, and the UAE people. We pray that this blessed time brings peace, prosperity and happiness to the people of our nation, the region and the world.”

Eid Al Fitr celebrations in the UAE will start on Thursday, which is the first day of Shawwal as per the Islamic calendar. 

Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid shares Eid Al Fitr wishes

Dubai: His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai wished the people of the UAE and Muslims around the globe on the occasion of Eid Al Fitr.

“Eid Mubarak to the UAE and all Muslims… we ask Allah Almighty to shower his blessings and Mercy upon us during this Eid….may Allah accept all of our good deeds,” Sheikh Mohammed tweeted.

The first day of Eid Al Fitr will be observed on Thursday in the UAE. The crescent moon marking the beginning of Shawwal had not been sighted on Tuesday, so Wednesday was declared as the last day of Ramadan according to the Islamic calendar.

Private and public sector employees are enjoying a long weekend off in celebration of Eid. There are COVID-19 guidelines in place across the UAE to ensure safe celebrations of Eid Al Fitr. 

COVID-19: Fujairah Police prepare safety plan for Eid Al Fitr holidays

Fujairah: The General Command of Fujairah Police held a virtual meeting to discuss its preparations for the forthcoming Eid Al Fitr holidays.

The meeting discussed deployment of traffic and security patrols on all the emirate’s internal and external roads, with a focus on the tourist spots and facilities in the emirate.

Major General Mohammad Ahmad bin Ghanem Al Kaabi, Commander-in-Chief of Fujairah Police, discussed the security arrangements for the Eid Al Fitr holidays, with the deputy commander-in-chief, general managers, department managers and heads of comprehensive police stations. He followed-up on the public’s compliance and commitment to the preventive measures being implemented by the state to counter the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Major General Mohammad Ahmad bin Ghanem Al Kaabi

Major General Al Kaabi called on members of the community to abide by the all the safety procedures such as maintaining physical distancing, leaving at least two metres of distance between individuals, wearing face masks and staying away from gatherings.

The Fujairah Police General Command also urged all drivers and visitors to the emirate to follow all precautionary measures while driving in the emirate during the Eid holidays, particularly while driving in the mountainous areas and wadis. He confirmed that the Operations Room of Fujairah Police will be fully prepared to receive any call for help or inquiries on its dedicated 999 number.

Public Prosecution: Wrongful wearing of UAE national attire punishable by law

Abu Dhabi: The UAE Public Prosecution said whoever publicly and unduly wears an official attire, specially reserved by law to a certain class of people, shall be sentenced to up to one year in jail or to a fine of no less than Dh10,000.

In its official twitter account on Friday, Public Prosecution said: “Shall be sentenced to a detention for a term of up to one year or to a fine of no less than Dh10,000 whoever publicly and unduly wears an official attire specially reserved by law to a class of persons or wears a uniform of rank higher than his, as well a whoever puts on a medal, badge, sign or mark of an office or unduly assumes any of the officially recognised scientific or academic titles or any of the military ranks or public parliamentary attributes.

“This provision applies also in case the apparel or medal or others belong to a foreign country,” it explained.

Sharjah Police launch special service for the hearing impaired

Sharjah: The Communication and Follow-up Office of the Customer Happiness Center at the Traffic Services and Licensing Center of Sharjah Police General Headquarters has launched a special service for people with special needs, particularly those with a hearing impairment. This will allow all such people to complete their traffic transactions and get the police to respond to their general inquiries related to traffic services through sign language via the Visual Communication Programme.

Lieutenant-Colonel Khaled Al Kay, Director of the Vehicles and Drivers Licensing Department and Deputy Director of the Customer Happiness Center at Sharjah Police, said: “The launch of this service comes from the Sharjah Police’s keenness to provide a distinguished service to the (hearing impaired) segment, which is considered an important segment of society. This is in keeping with the leadership’s plans the strategic objectives of the Ministry of Interior, aimed at enhancing customer satisfaction.

Lieutenant Colonel Al Kay explained that the new service allows people with hearing disabilities to complete their traffic transactions and to respond to their inquiries by communicating with qualified office staff trained to deal in sign language. Customers can send their messages on the 065177555 number, which is also available on WhatsApp.

Through this service, customers can complete traffic transactions such as vehicle and driver licensing transactions, pay fines for traffic violations, conduct traffic search and control transactions, deal with seizure and release of vehicles, in addition to completing transactions for updating personal and corporate traffic files and merging those files.

The service also includes receiving complaints, suggestions and notes and training in the use of smart applications and updating of traffic points.

Watch: Three stories of generosity and inspiration from Dubai

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The Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Global Initiatives (MBRGI) that has been spreading hope and making a difference to millions of lives around the world since 2015.
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Dubai: Noor, Aisha and Rimsha were born deaf. But they were able to overcome their difficulty and their parents were overjoyed after hearing them recite the Holy Quran and interact with others — thanks to the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Global Initiatives (MBRGI) that has been spreading hope and making a difference to millions of lives around the world since 2015.

The sisters were among countless others who benefitted from MBRGI and Al Jalila Foundation’s projects and initiatives. “Some were given a new life, some gave a fresh lease of life to others, while others inspired their fellows to dare to dream and achieve,” noted MBRGI, adding: “(We) drive change and inspire those around us to be better.”

Gift of hearing to three sisters

Hope came to Afdal, the girls’ father, in 2017. He had been searching for ways to restore his daughters’ hearing, until he was introduced to cochlear implants, a cutting-edge technology that offers a permanent solution for hearing impairment. But the treatment came with a high cost for the family, who have been living in the UAE since 2005.

Afdal approached Al Jalila Foundation and in no time the request for a cochlear implant for the youngest daughter, Noor, who was six at the time, was approved. She was chosen first as implants have higher success rates and faster results for younger patients.

Noor improved rapidly after receiving her cochlear implant. She joined a school with other children her age and did not show any signs of cognitive or social delay, despite the fact that she lived in complete silence for the first six years of her life, her parents shared.

Soon, Al Jalila Foundation took care of the older sisters, Aisha and Rimsha, who previously relied on lip-reading to communicate. They also received their cochlear implants and now all three iblings are living their lives to the fullest and planning for a brighter future.

Noor’s mother said: “The happiest day of my life was when we received the approval for the cochlear implant for our daughters. It was a priceless gift that drastically changed our lives forever.”

Meet Algeria’s reading star

Mohammed Jalloud, who is from Constantine, a city in northeastern Algeria, was crowned champion in the first edition of Arab Reading Challenge. He read and summarised more than 50 books in one school year and demonstrated insightful articulation and analytical thinking to the judges during the final round of the competition.

It was no mean feat as he was only seven years old at the time and he stood out because he made good impression with his confidence and fluency in the Arabic language. Winning the Arab Reading Challenge inspired him to continue working hard to develop his skills while pursuing his studies.

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Mohammed Jalloud, who is from Constantine, a city in northeastern Algeria, was crowned champion in the first edition of Arab Reading Challenge.
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The prize has also opened many doors for Mohammed and he shared his prize. He gifted a small library to his schoolmates to encourage them to read. He also presented a TV show titled ‘The Treasure of Reading’, which aired on the children’s ‘Baraem’ channel, in addition to participating in a traffic safety campaign for one of Algeria’s provinces.

Five years after winning the Arab Reading Challenge, Mohammed remains the pride of his community and his city. He has been mentioned in the elementary and middle school history and in English books, as an example of individual achievement and ambition. It was no exaggeration that he became a national icon in Algeria. But Mohammed remains grounded and he knows he still has a long way to go to complete his schooling, develop his skills and acquire more knowledge.

‘Hope is a light that never dies’

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Husham Althahabi began his journey helping children in 1998.
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“The most important thing is to have the determination to start. Lighting a candle is better than shedding tears over ashes,” says Husham Althahabi, who was among the five finalists in the 2017 Arab Hope Makers initiative. The Iraqi humanitarian pioneer was cited for his efforts in spreading hope through the ‘Iraqi House of Creativity’ in Baghdad.

Althahabi began his journey helping children in 1998, when he adopted two children after he saw homeless orphans wandering hopelessly, looking for a shelter around the office of a humanitarian organisation.

He decided he was no longer just an observer but a changemaker. In 2004, he converted his own house into a foster home. To date, Althahabi’s ‘Iraqi House of Creativity’ has helped raise 480 orphans to lead independent, productive lives. The House currently hosts 70 children and has become a safe haven for the city’s orphans and homeless children.

Since winning the Arab Hope Makers prize, Althahabi’s aspirations have grown bigger and the lives of the children he has taken in have changed drastically. He has put his Dh1 million prize purse in establishing a foster home in Baghdad, which is set to become a certified child-care establishment for orphans, homeless children and others in need.

Construction of the foster home began in October last year and is due for completion by the end of 2021. Once complete, it will be an eco-friendly, integrated institute, comprising a counselling centre, health club, gym, football pitch, study halls and a library. The home will provide fulltime housing for 280 young people and offer support to more than 1,000 non-resident children every year. Children will also be able to undertake occupational training programmes in a variety of livelihood activities, including cooking, sewing, embroidery and hairdressing.

Abu Dhabi Courts of Appeal begin to offer forms for proceedings in Arabic and English

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The Abu Dhabi Judicial Department building.
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Abu Dhabi: The Abu Dhabi Judicial Department (ADJD) has extended the scope of use of interactive bilingual claim forms for cases before the Courts of Appeal, allowing foreign litigants to easily familiarise themselves with court procedures and have access to case-related legal texts without language barriers.

The adoption of the set of Arabic and English appeal forms comes as the fourth phase of the bilingual claim forms project launched by the Judicial Department two years ago, said Youssef Saeed Al Abri, the ADJD undersecretary. The aim is to develop an advanced and world-class judicial system that supports the emirate of Abu Dhabi’s position as an attractive destination for business and investment, with the necessary corollary work in place to improve the efficiency and sustainability of judicial processes and the development of services.

ADJD, by providing the appeal forms in Arabic and English, confirms its leadership in the Arab region in the field of judicial development and simplification of judicial procedures for all members of society, so as to ensure ease of access to justice, Al Abri said.

English translations

The undersecretary also recalled that the bilingual claim forms project started, in its first phase, with the obligation to translate all case documents and attachments into English. This initiative is still unique in the region, and Al Abri explained that Abu Dhabi courts are the only judicial structures that allow foreign litigants to receive case documents in English as a condition for proceeding with lawsuit procedures.

As part of the second phase of the project, ADJD has provided these claim forms to courts of first instance in several other languages, including French, Russian, Hindi and Chinese, in order to eliminate any language barrier that may prevent foreign litigants from accessing court services. In the third phase, he added, claim forms in English were adopted for court proceedings at the case preparation level, as well as for alternative dispute resolution and for the process of appointing judicial experts.

Convenience in appealing decisions

In the fourth phase of the project, he said, the courts of appeal are being covered, by providing easy-to-use interactive forms that allow litigants to conveniently appeal decisions made by courts of first instance, through a set of approved forms that clarify the litigation process in easy steps.

Forms provided by the ADJD are characterised by many features in terms of form and content, and are presented in a sophisticated design with the adoption of infographics for the first time in a court form, in addition to the use of simple terminology and the presentation of a list of the most commonly used and common claims before the courts.

Dubai Police intervene after parents abandon newborn with disabilities in hospital

A hospital in Bur Dubai filed a complaint against the couple after they refused to take their child home following a six-month hospital stay. Picture for illustrative purposes only.
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Dubai: A Dubai-based couple, who had abandoned their physically disadvantaged newborn child at a Dubai hospital, claiming he needed treatment, have now been asked by Dubai Police to take the boy home after signing an undertaking that they will take good care of him.

According to Dubai Police, a hospital in Bur Dubai filed a complaint against the couple after they refused to take their child home following a six-month hospital stay.

According to Major Dr Ali Al Matroushi, Director of Woman and Child Protection Section at the Human Rights Department in Dubai Police, the parents alleged that their child was undergoing treatment for a congenital disability. “The parents were first-degree relatives and their firstborn was a child of determination. Despite doctors’ warning them against having more children, the woman gave birth to their second child, who also presented with the same disability,” said Maj Al Matroushi.

He said the parents left their newborn infant at the hospital on the ground that he was receiving treatment. They visited him often during his stay at the hospital for over six months but when they were asked to take him home, they refused. The child’s condition was stable and he did not require hospital stay. But the parents refused to take him home.

Hospital offers help

According to Major Al Matroushi, the hospital offered to provide them with medical home care equipment. “The parents did not respond and the hospital lodged a complaint against them at the police station,” said Maj Al Matroushi.

What the law says

Federal Law No. 3 of 2016, concerning child rights, also know as Wadeema’s Law, protects children against all forms of negligence, exploitation, physical and psychological abuses.
Those who put children in danger, abandon them, neglect them, leave them without supervision, do not enrol them in school or register them upon their birth will be subject to a prison sentence or a fine or both. The law applies to all children up to the age of 18.

Finally, Dubai Police intervened and handed over the child to his parents after they signed an undertaking promising to look after their child.

Moreover, the Community Development Authority is following up the case to ensure the child’s safety and that he is receiving appropriate care.

According to Maj Al Matroushi, his department dealt with a number of cases where parents of newborns with determination left their children at hospitals for months on lame excuses. “It is the parents’ responsibility to provide for their children’s needs and protect their rights. If parents neglect their children, they are accountable and can be punished under the law,” Maj Al Matroushi added.

Ten-year-old Indian girl sets a world record in Dubai

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Sara Chhipa with her family.
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Dubai: A ten-year old Indian girl living in Dubai has set a world record for memorising all 196 countries, their respective capitals and their currencies. Previously, the world record was made with regards to countries and their capitals only. The feat has been officially recorded with the Guinness Book of Records.

But Sara Chhipa, a grade 6 student of Gems Modern Academy took it one step further by adding one more dimension to the challenge — that of currency. The record was set via an online event on May 2 at 4.30pm, UAE time. “The live event was relayed on Facebook and YouTube,” she said in a telephone interview.

Speaking about her journey, Sara said she started memorising the names three months ago. She has been mentored by an Indian specialist Sushsant Mysorkar, who is founder of Brain Rhyme Cognitive Solutions, in Mumbai.

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Sara used her free time during COVID-19 to memorize the names to create the record.
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Sushant is said to have applied various memory and intelligence techniques to train Sara’s brain to remember the names. “For example, to remember certain countries, capitals and their currencies was really hard. Some hard country names were Burkina Faso, Cote d Ivoire, Sao Tome & Principe, Tuvalu, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines. Capitals too have not been very easy. For example, Yamoussoukro, Pyongyang, Antananarivo, Nouakchott, Nay Pyi Taw, Me leke. But I took it up as a challenge. In times of COVID-19, with limited school timings, I found some extra time to sit at home and study for this record. I like to keep myself creatively busy and this was one of the ways I could do.”

Sara is a native of Bhilwara, a city in the Indian state of Rajasthan. She has been a resident of UAE for the last nine years. Her father, Sunil works with a telecommunications company and her mother Renu is with a property firm in Dubai. She has one younger brother, Shourya who is a KG2 student at Springdales School, Dubai.

Other interests

Besides mental challenges, Sara is also a buddying cricketer. She has met the former captain of Indian Cricket Team, Mahendra Singh Dhoni and current captain of Indian women’s cricket team, Mithali Raj.