Sheikh Hamdan calls for volunteers in ‘Your City Needs You’ campaign


DUBAI – Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of Dubai Executive Council, on Tuesday (March 24) called for volunteers as he launched the “Your City Needs You” campaign through the Day for Dubai app.

“My message to everyone is to volunteer to join the dedicated teams that are working around-the-clock to protect our community. This is part of our social responsibility and our duty to help safeguard the welfare of society,” Sheikh Hamdan said as UAE authorities implemented a series of measures to curb the spread of the new coronavirus or Covid-19.

“Our aim is to ensure the highest levels of protection against the global pandemic we are facing and support the government’s efforts to combat it. This is a great opportunity to show our unity and our love for our city,” Sheikh Hamdan said, urging the public to enlist for volunteer work through the Day for Dubai app.

The Crown Prince of Dubai also paid tribute to healthcare workers and other personnel on the frontlines of efforts to safeguard the health and wellbeing of the community.

The Your City Needs You volunteering campaign is organised in collaboration with Dubai Health Authority and Watani Al Emarat Foundation. The Day for Dubai app provides information about volunteering opportunities and ways to join any of the campaign’s initiatives based on the volunteer’s skills and experiences.

The campaign gives professional medical workers like doctors, pharmacists, para-medics and nurses the opportunity to serve the community. It also gives non-professionals a chance to provide social services for taking care of senior citizens and emergency response efforts.

The app enables each entity to manage its volunteers and follow up on their activities. The app also enables volunteers to join an entity’s group and interact with the entity’s officials and other volunteers. Furthermore, volunteers can calculate the hours they have contributed and apply for an achievement certificate.

How to volunteer

1. Download the Day for Dubai app for iOS or download the Day for Dubai app for Android

2. Register as a volunteer

3. Wait 1-3 days for approval

4. Join volunteering opportunities posted on the Day for Dubai app or website

On Monday, Sheikh Hamdan took to social media to give a powerful message asking UAE residents to “recognize the seriousness of the new reality” as coronavirus posed as a “real threat to each one of us”.

He called of the public to practice social distancing, warning that “we (Dubai) are not immune”. ICA/Expat Media

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