The Ministry of Interior urged parents and guardians to ensure that children are not left unsupervised during the Eid Al Adha holidays.
The ministry’s Higher Committee for Child Protection said children should never be left alone in cars, even when parked near shopping malls and parks, or if the family was making a short visit to friends or family.
In June, Dubai Police said that over the first six months of this year they had rescued 58 babies, toddlers or children who had been locked in hot cars.
Maj Gen Dr Nasser Al Nuaimi, secretary general of the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior, said parents should make sure their children were protected at all times, because youngsters were not as aware of potential dangers.
Maj Gen Al Nuaimi, also Chairman of the Higher Committee for Child Protection, said he hoped there would be no accidents during the holidays.
Maj Dr Mohammed Al Ali, director of the Ministry of Interior’s Child Protection Centre, said people should ensure they were not too distracted with exchanging Eid greetings to attend to their children.
“Children are a responsibility and we are bound to protect them and keep them out of harm’s way,” Maj Al Ali said.