Dubai: Hours after they were shattered by the news of their chief’s untimely demise, a Dubai Police team was out at an early morning event on Friday to ensure safety of residents and citizens despite their emotional setback.
First Lieutenant Yahya Yousuf Abbas Ahmad and his subordinates were on duty at Unity Run 2016 at Al Mamzar Beach Corniche attended by over 2,000 people, including families and children with special needs.
Ahmad told Gulf News that the death of Lt-General Khamis Mattar Al Mazeina shocked and saddened the entire force. “We are all very upset. But, we need to carry on with our duty. That is what he also taught us,” the young officer said.
He remembered Lt-General Al Mazeina as a thorough professional officer and a great leader with a vision for the future. “He was very passionate about his work and he was a big inspiration for all of us. He will be deeply missed.”
Two of his subordinates said Lt-General Al Mazeina’s demise is a big loss for Dubai and the UAE.
Amna Hassan and Fawzia Ramadan, two women police officers at the venue, said they could not believe the news when they first heard it.
“It is really sad that our great chief had such an untimely death. Why him? I kept asking to myself,” said Hassan.
Ramadan said every member of the Dubai Police force had great respect for Lt-General Al Mazeina. “This is really unfortunate. We pray to Allah to grant him mercy. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family.”
Ahlam Bin Salmin, an Emirati banker who was a volunteer at the event, said both the UAE nationals and expatriates were grateful to Al Mazeina for his contributions for a peaceful society in Dubai. “My family knows him personally and all of us are very sad about his death. He was a great asset to the nation. We hope his successor will continue with that legacy.”