COVID-19 countermeasures in UAE: 94% residents optimistic about future

UAE had proved its success in terms of safety and security

  
The view of Dubai Downtown Skyline at Sunset on November 27, 2018 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Image used for illustrative purpose.

The view of Dubai Downtown Skyline at Sunset on November 27, 2018 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Image used for illustrative purpose.

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ABU DHABI: Nasser Al Zaabi, Official Spokesperson of the Ministry of Community Development, said the preliminary results of a survey measuring the public opinion on the recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic and returning to normalcy revealed a significant rise in optimism among community members in August 2021 to 94 percent, while trust levels among community members in the UAE government's COVID countermeasures rose to 95 percent.

During the UAE Government media briefing on the latest COVID-19 pandemic developments, Al Zaabi stressed the UAE had proved its success in terms of safety and security. All government authorities have combined to achieve the national and community objective: to make the UAE among the first countries to recover from the pandemic, by providing everything required to return to normalcy, including the vaccine.

The country’s sectors have also proven their flexibility and readiness to address challenges, by setting plans and strategies to contain the pandemic’s possible repercussions, he added, noting that according to a recent recovery developments report, 15 national community authorities launched 65 initiatives as part of the strategic goal, entitled, "Strengthening community resilience in the recovery from the multiple impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic." "Under the framework of the strategic index, entitled, "Optimism about Living Conditions," we concluded that we have achieved positive results in terms of increasing the community’s confidence in the country’s recovery levels, including a rate of return of occasions at 95 percent out of the target 100 percent, and a rate of resumption of religious activities in places of worship by 100 percent, and the percentage of the community members’ confidence in the country’s recovery measures at 53 percent, exceeding the target of 50 percent," Al Zaabi further added.

"Regarding the community’s optimism, we achieved a result of 103 percent in the index covering community members who feel they can fulfil their basic needs, achieving 59 percent out of the target of 60 percent, while in terms of the level of optimism about the return to normalcy, we achieved 54 percent, exceeding the goal of 50 percent," he further said.

The survey focused on the UAE Government’s procedures and initiatives to ensure the safe return to normalcy, he explained, noting that the results indicated 90 percent of people support the gradual return to mosques and other places of worship, 79 percent endorse the full return of employees to workplaces and 73 percent support the return of students to schools.

Concerning the UAE Government’s procedures and initiatives for the COVID-19 recovery period, Al Zaabi stressed the optimism level among community members in August 2021 reached 94 percent compared to 34 percent in April 2020, and the confidence level among community members in August 2021 reached 95 percent, compared to 25 percent in April 2020.

Al Zaabi then highlighted some of the achievements of the Ministry of Community Development in serving the local community, with an emphasis on priority categories of select group, most notably senior citizens, people of determination, children and students.

In cooperation with the Ministry of Health and Prevention and in support of the efforts to restart schools, a COVID-19 vaccination centre for students, senior citizens and people of determination was inaugurated in the Ajman Customer Happiness Centre of the Ministry of Community Development, he added.

The second edition of summer community platform activities and initiatives concluded at the end of August and attracted 14,031 participants representing all community segments, including children, the youth, parents, senior citizens, people of determination and students, he further added.

This year saw an increase of 150 percent in physical and virtual participation, numbering over 5,688 attendees, in addition to thousands of members of the community who participated in 37 interactive workshops covering five key areas, which are agriculture, culture and entertainment, family, health and sports, Al Zaabi said in conclusion.

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