Coronavirus: Abu Dhabi to sing national anthem in support of healthcare workers

Emiratis and residents are invited to sing the national anthem at 9pm on Wednesday and Friday this week in a show of solidarity

Abu Dhabi residents have been called on to show solidarity with the country they live in, and its efforts to combat the spread of coronavirus, by taking to their balconies to sing the UAE national anthem.

The initiative was proposed by Maitha bin Ahmed Al Nahyan Foundation, the Dopamine Foundation for Happiness and Positivity and Abu Dhabi Police as an expression of gratitude for the country’s leadership and healthcare workers.

Emiratis and residents are invited to sing the national anthem at 9pm on Wednesday and Friday this week.

The gesture aims to show workers on the front lines of defence against Covid-19 how much their work is appreciated. They include disinfection campaign workers, police officers, supermarket staff and medics.

Residents have taken to their balconies in recent weeks to cheer for healthcare workers at 8pm - as much of the world has.

Last month, Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces, said he shed a tear after watching videos of residents singing the UAE national anthem in honour of the country's frontline workers.

“Many residents on social media are singing our national anthem and I want to confess to all viewers that when I heard you, by God, I shed a tear,” he said, in a video posted online.

“May God protect you and protect the country you are in, to which you are loyal like its own people,” he said.

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