Abu Dhabi, UAESaturday 4 April 2020

Thousands react to Twitter hashtag ‘Ready to Serve UAE’

The appeal went viral as citizens, residents and visitors offered their services

Home delivery drivers in the country are helping keeping customers well supplied. Antonie Robertson / The National
Home delivery drivers in the country are helping keeping customers well supplied. Antonie Robertson / The National

An appeal for volunteers to help Emirates authorities fight the spread of coronavirus has gone viral on Twitter.

Hours after Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed called on the public to act, an Arabic hashtag which translates as 'Ready to Serve UAE' was shared thousands of times.

The Crown Prince of Dubai had asked residents to sign up to a new campaign called Your City Needs You.

Emirati pilot Abdullah Meshkal said he had offered his services while registered nurse Abdulla Al Shamsi said he was also ready to act.

“This is the least I can do,” Mr Al Shamsi said.

Meanwhile, Dr Uday Al Shammari, a tourist from Iraq, said he had recently come to the UAE for a short break but was now happy to help if he could as flight restrictions prevented him from going home.

“For me, I would do anything to help, even if from inside quarantine facilities," he told The National.

"Because the UAE is home to me just as Iraq is. I'm not looking for a job, I just want to help in these tough times.”

Updated: March 25, 2020 05:14 PM

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