UAE entities turn “COVID-19 heroes”

As the region’s municipality workers take to the streets in the fight against COVID-19, the rest of the UAE has joined forces by playing its part.

The UAE’s National Sterilisation Programme, which is a nationwide campaign that began on 26 March, 2020, to contain the spread of the COVID-19, recently extended in Dubai to 24 hours a day across all areas and communities in the emirate, with intensified restrictions on movement enforced.

In compliance with the UAE government’s sterilisation efforts, several governmental and non-governmental organisations in the region have ramped up their efforts to deliver sanitisation services, adhering to the Ministry of Health and Prevention (MoHAP) and World Health Organization (WHO) guidelines.

The Expo 2020 Dubai authorities joined forces with various organisations including Dulsco, ADNH, Emrill, EFS, Farnek, Enova, and Dubai Municipality, to carry out sanitisation activities on-site.

Master developer Nakheel also rolled out a two-week disinfection programme across 647 of its residential buildings in Dubai.

UAE-based RAQ Contracting Group ensured on-site sanitation as well as workers’ hygiene through disinfection programmes across its sites offices, dorms, and transport vehicles.

The contractor also practised on-site social distancing, imposed self-quarantine on employees showing symptoms of the virus, switched to iris or facial recognition for employees’ check-in and check-out, as opposed to the previously adopted fingerprint for registration.

In addition, the company records employees and visitors’ body temperatures using infrared thermometers and shared it with the HSE team, as part of its precautionary measures. The contractor also performed daily disinfection operations across personal items, vehicles, and electronic devices, and installed hand sanitising dispensers across sites.

Also practising sterilisation of labour camps is Dubai-based construction company ASGC, which, in addition to the sterilisation and deep cleaning activities on-site, deployed registered nurses to carry out health screening and body temperature monitoring of its employees.

UAE construction company Saeed & Mohammed Al Naboodah Group showed its support towards the National Sterilisation Programme, by employing 28 teams in Al Ain and 18 teams in Dubai to carry out disinfection operations.

Other organisations that offered sanitisation solutions include Tawafuq Facilities Management; Al-Futtaim Engineering & Technologies; and ALDAR Properties’ Khidmah.

Acknowledging the need to generate awareness about the fight against COVID-19, UAE purpose-built economic zones operator, ZonesCorp collaborated with the Department of Health – Abu Dhabi (DoH), to host a workshop for the workers across companies and industrial establishments based in its economic zones. ZonesCorp also established quarantine facilities within designated clusters, for workers from outside the country, as well as performed disinfection operations at residential cities and in the buses, which are used to transport workers to and from the cities.

Dubai’s Roads and Transports Authority (RTA), Sharjah’s Roads & Transports Authority (SRTA), and Abu Dhabi’s Integrated Transport Centre (ITC) ensured public safety and hygiene by carrying out sterilisation and disinfection of its public transport means and facilities.

Meanwhile, airports across the region, which could prove to be potential breeding grounds for COVID-19, have undergone massive sterilisation and disinfection drives as well.

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