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Sheikh Hamdan launches new campaign in light of COVID-19

Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of Dubai Executive Council, has issued an appeal to Dubai in response to COVID-19 outbreak.

Sheikh Hamdan has launched a new initiative which encourages citizens and residents to volunteer for Dubai. 

The Crown Prince has called on citizens and residents for their support in a new campaign entitled ‘Your City Needs You’.

Sheikh Hamdan is urging people to become volunteers and help the city in what is an unprecedented time in its history.

The global COVID-19 pandemic has affected the global economy and governments worldwide are working together in solidarity to try and curb the spread of the deadly disease.

That message of solidarity is the central theme to this new initiative being launched by Sheikh Hamdan, which is encouraging citizens and residents to make a contribution to voluntary efforts by downloading the ‘Day for Dubai’ app via the Apple Store or Google Play Store.

It has been described as both the first and largest ‘smart platform’ for voluntary efforts in the UAE, and you can lend your hand by supporting community services in the Emirate in a bid to support and strengthen institutions in times of disasters and emergencies.

On the main homepage it reads, “Express your belonging to the homeland and keep others safe by participating in the application of the Day for Dubai.”

The primary objective and aim, according to organisers, is to build a culture of safety and resilience, in addition to supporting the efforts of first responders in emergency situations.

How to register: 

You can register through the Day for Dubai mobile app or log on to the website

Is it only for a day?

The ultimate goal of this initiative is for each person to give at least a day of their year to help those in need.

You can contribute by giving a full day to volunteering activities, or you can spread out your time over the year to complete a day. However, volunteering more than one day is encouraged.

What do volunteers do?

This is dependent on your interests, knowledge, skills and passion, but volunteering categories include:

  • Emergency and safety
  • Health
  • Community support
  • Elderly
  • Children and youth
  • People of determination
  • Education
  • Mentoring
  • Sports and Recreation
  • Culture and Arts
  • Environment and wildlife
  • Tolerance and hope, among others
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