Dubai Municipality workers during a ceremony yesterday. The municipality will relocate more than 4,000 of its workers to a new accommodation in Al Warsan this year. Dawood Al Hajiri, director-general of Dubai Municipality, honoured the distinguished workers on the occasion. Image Credit: Courtesy: Dubai Municipality

Dubai: Dubai Municipality will relocate more than 4,000 of its workers to their new accommodation with international housing standards in Al Warsan during this year.

This was announced during an honouring ceremony of workers on the International Workers’ Day on Tuesday.

Dawood Al Hajiri, director-general of Dubai Municipality, honoured the distinguished workers of the municipality who were chosen by their departments for their work excellence and commitment to the rules and regulations.

The ceremony was also attended by the assistants to the director-general, directors of departments and heads of sections.

Every year on May 1, Dubai Municipality participates in the International Worker’s Day celebrations in recognition and appreciation of the achievements and the active and pioneering role of the workers in the service of the country and its advancement in the industrial, architectural and agricultural fields of work to stand proud of their contribution to the prosperity of the society and what they have achieved by their sweat and effort, hard work and dedication to accomplish a bright future for the nation.

Khalid Hassan Ali Al Marzouqi, deputy chairman of the International Workers’ Day Team, said the celebration this year is taking place in an atmosphere marked by the important steps taken by the UAE in general and Dubai in particular for the benefit of the workers.

The municipality, within the framework of its new strategy 2021 to bring happiness to all, has taken into account the requirements of the working class, he noted.

Throughout the year, the municipality conducts activities for the recreation of workers, as it undertakes recreational trips for them at different times and places.

The municipality distributes gifts to them in cooperation and coordination with companies and institutions that support this category.

The director-general also sends more than 100 workers annually to perform Umrah on the occasion of International Worker’s Day. A batch of 138 workers performed Umrah last week.

The municipality conducts several programmes for its workers and the most prominent is the initiative launched by Shaikh Hamdan Bin Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of the Executive Council, called ‘We Care for Our Workers’ Health’.

It also holds a Workers’ Iftar initiative, in which iftar kits are distributed to 8,000 workers per day during Ramadan. One day, the senior leadership of the municipality also joins the workers in the iftar party.

In another initiative, the municipality honoured 3,140 workers last year as well as distributed 5,000 gifts in cooperation with private companies.

The honouring ceremony included the screening of a film about the workers and their achievements.

Al Hajiri also honoured the supporters of the municipality workers such as the Zabeel Office of His Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, which contributed iftar for 4,250 workers a day, as an honour from Shaikha Hind Bint Juma Al Maktoum, wife of the Ruler of Dubai.

He also honoured the UAE Red Crescent Society for providing gifts and donations in-kind to workers throughout the year, as well as the Mohammad Bin Rashid Charity and Humanitarian Establishment for providing 700 iftars daily during Ramadan and also for sending 30 workers to perform Umrah this year.

Al Hajiri also honoured the Radisson Blu Hotel for providing 4,700 gifts for municipality workers and the Islamic Affairs and Charitable Activities Department for providing 700 iftars daily for workers as well as the UAE Food Bank for providing food for workers throughout the year.