The Abu Dhabi Police GHQ recently organized a number of community-based, cultural, sporting events and activities to mark the International Workers’ Day celebrations across the country. The events, attended by 500 workers, took place at Yas Island and were held in cooperation with the Ministry of Labor; Etisalat; as well as a number of partners and Community Police volunteers.

In this context, the Law Respect Culture Bureau, at the General Secretariat of the Office of H.H Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior, continues its educational lectures targeting the labor community, in cooperation with the Guidance Department at the Ministry of Labor.

Lt. Colonel Hammoud Al Affari, Deputy Director of the Bureau, said that the educational program for workers seeks to include the largest possible number of labor working in the UAE. He noted that most workers have a different law culture than the one prevailing in the UAE and most of them are poorly educated. It is therefore imperative to educate them and acquaint them with the laws applicable in the State, which include an important legal aspect to protect their rights against all attempts of exploitation and deprivation of rights.

For his part, Captain Hamdan Al Hafiti, coordinator of the staff members’ awareness program, indicated that the Law Respect Culture Bureau is keen to always communicate with the workers’ category, take part in international events to interact with them, and try to provide them with the required level of legal culture to acquaint them with the legal consequences and penalties resulting from certain behaviors that are regarded as illegal by the law. “Most workers ignore that such behaviors make them liable for accountability and could cause them to lose their jobs as a result of their ignorance of the legal provisions,” said Captain Al Hafiti.

Captain Al Hafiti added that the legal awareness program was launched from the labor city in the Sharjah Industrial Area, and will cover all labor communities and cities in the northern emirates, through a series of various awareness lectures. Gifts were also distributed to the workers.

Furthermore, the Community Police Branch at the Madinat Khalifa Police Station of the Peripheral Regions Directorate at Abu Dhabi Police honored partners and a number of workers, as part of the celebrations marking the International Workers’ Day.

For his part, Captain Juma’a Al Badi, Community Police Branch Manager, noted that organizing and participating in such events comes in line with the community-based initiatives that the Abu Dhabi Police is keen to implement, in order to communicate and interact with various segments of society.

He also emphasized that the Community Police dedicates significant attention to the workers’ category, through various communication and awareness programs, which are addressed to workers in particular. It is also keen on working to achieve the main objectives of this partnership, which is based on security and safety.

On this occasion, Captain Al Badi praised the workers’ role and efforts in the renaissance and development process that is witnessed by the State in various fields. He also congratulated them for their continuous efforts and commitment, which contribute positively and efficiently to the development process.

The events were attended by representatives of the participating entities and the Community Police Branch staff members, including officers and civilians.
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