Emirati grandmother Um Saeed never expected to receive any recognition for cleaning the streets of Abu Dhabi during the recent UAE National Day celebrations. After all, she did it for love.
“What I did was something personal to show my love and gratitude to my country and its land,” Um Saeed said. Khaleej Times.
Captured by social media influencer Shadi Shawqi, a video of the elderly Emirati woman and her grandchildren circulated online and eventually reached the Abu Dhabi Department of Municipalities and Transport (DMT) office.
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Moved by the dedication of Emirati women, the DMT recently launched a community campaign in their name, the Um Saeed initiative, encouraging the public to do their bit to keep the emirate clean and green.
Um Saeed was delighted when the authorities took notice of her efforts and called her to the stage as the initiative was launched.
“I want to express my happiness for this recognition; it is like a badge of honor for me. It was very unexpected,” he said. KT.
Apart from expressing her love for the country, Um Saeed also wanted to show her grandchildren how to keep the country clean.
“I wanted to give my grandchildren a practical lesson in patriotism and highlight the importance of being proud to preserve the appearance of Abu Dhabi,” he said.
Older people must lead by example to the younger generations, he added. “If we don’t serve our country, who will?”
“I would like to call on all mothers to set an example with actions, not just words,” she said.
He also urged schools to do more to instil a love for the UAE among young people.
“(Schools should) replace awareness sessions with hands-on activities that foster a sense of patriotism in the younger generations. This will inspire them to take active steps to preserve the beauty of our country and make these actions ingrained in their personalities.” , Um. Saeed said.
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