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Dubai: Volunteers distributing iftar meals on a busy road in Dubai on Tuesday were in for a special surprise to see the well-known G-class white Mercedes pull up towards them.


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Shaikh Abdul Aziz Bin Ali Al Nuaimi, who is also known the Green Shaikh, posted a photo on his Twitter account, which was accompanied with the caption: “One of the most wonderful quotes that Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid said... With a positive outlook, you will see challenges as opportunities, the future full of success and people packed with potential, abilities, talent and goodness.”

Social media users were quick to share the video of His Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, as he greeted volunteers of the Ramadan Aman program.

The Ajman-based initiative has been held every Ramadan since 2012, and involves volunteers who hand out iftar meals to drivers on the road and at traffic intersections before Maghrib prayers. 

The volunteering group, which is run by Al Ihsan Charity Association, aims to cut traffic accidents during the rush-hour right before iftar.   

According to police, the majority of traffic accidents in Ramadan happen close to iftar time.

In Dubai last year, six people were killed including three that were run-over.

“Many drivers speed to reach iftar on time or are returning home after work. Speeding and not paying attention to the road is dangerous behaviour,” Major General Al Zafein, Head of the Federal Traffic Council and Assistant to the Dubai Police Chief for Operations Affairs, previously told Gulf News.

“People who feel hungry because of fasting, or smokers who become nervous because they don’t smoke while driving, makes them commit mistakes and cause accidents,” he said.