Abu Dhabi honors labor force on International Workers' Day

May 1 marked the globally recognized labor holiday known as International Workers’ Day, and the Directorate General of Residency and Foreigners Affairs in Abu Dhabi in Al Ain celebrated by organizing an event for all cleaners and day laborers who are currently employed in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

The recognition of these workers not only directly demonstrates the moral principle held by Islam, but also celebrates the strength that largely has contributed to the rapid development of the Gulf Emirates.

“The celebration of International Workers’ Day reflects the teachings of true Islam, which sets the framework for establishing relationships with workers and for protecting their rights,” Col. Khalifa Matar Balquba' Al Humairi , director of the Residency and Foreigners Affairs, said. “This framework serves as a source for the strategy and values of the Ministry of Interior, which include positive interactions and social responsibility. It also reflects the department’s support and care for the workers and their keenness to foster social communication and cooperation in line with the interest of the government to maintain workers’ rights.”

Al Humairi distributed certificates of gratitude to each worker and awarded a trip to Umrah to two senior workers, as well as pilgrimage trips to recently converted Muslims. The event also provided explanations regarding labor rights in both Urdu and English.

“The celebration represents a gesture of gratitude to workers in recognition of their dedicated efforts,” Al Humairi said. “Such initiatives strengthen the relationships between the workers at the department, foster a sense of belonging within the department and strengthen bonds, as well as encourage them to be more productive and to further devote themselves to their work.”

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