Shaikh Mohammed attends Dubai Civil Defence celebrations

Ruler praises the civil defence teams for their heroic efforts in successfully controlling The Address Hotel fire in Downtown Dubai hours before the New Year celebrations.

His Highness Shaikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, today joined the staff of Dubai Civil Defence in celebrating World Civil Defence Day, being marked this year under the theme, ''Civil Defence and Modern Media."

During a visit to a civil defence centre on Shaikh Zayed Road, he praised the emirate's civil defence teams for making heroic efforts and successfully controlling the fire that gutted The Address hotel in Downtown Dubai hours before the New Year celebrations, national news agency wam reported today.

Greeting them on the occasion, the Dubai Ruler wished for further personal and professional success for the civil defence staff.

"Brave people pursue the profession of civil defence to rescue others, protect public and private property and show the noblest values of sacrifice to serve the country and protect the safety and property of society," Shaikh Mohammed told the civil defence staff.

"I urge you not to sit on laurels after making achievements. One might say they have done a great work and it is time to take rest. But this does not reflect the resolve of our people. Whoever does an important job have to continue their efforts actively, pursue learning and training on a daily basis and keep updated about developments in their area of work in order to achieve the best results, fulfil their personal aspirations and their leaders' expectations to ultimately achieve global standards, " he added.

Shaikh Mohammed was accompanied by HH Shaikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai among other government officials.

Director-General of Dubai Civil Defence, Major General Rashid Thani Al Matrooshi, gave a presentation about an advanced smart civil defence system being used across UAE.

Shaikh Mohammed also learned about Dubai Civil Defence's future plans at the emirate's seafront to deal with any offshore fires and other incidents.