UAE grants scholarship to children of coronavirus frontline workers

The Frontline Heroes Office was established in July 2020 to support medical and non-medical workers fighting COVID-19 in UAE. (File/AFP)
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Updated 17 September 2020

UAE grants scholarship to children of coronavirus frontline workers

  • The new initiative aims to remove some of the financial burden experienced by many frontline healthcare professionals
  • Around 1,850 children have already received the scholarships, which cover costs of tuition, transportation, and laptops

DUBAI: The children of frontline healthcare professionals in the UAE will be eligible for scholarships across the country’s public schools, state news agency WAM has reported.
The new initiative, called “Hayyakum,” aims to remove some of the financial burden experienced by many frontline healthcare professionals and encourage them to keep their jobs.
Around 1,850 children have already received the scholarships, which cover costs of tuition, transportation, and laptops.
“We, at the Frontline Heroes Office, hope to provide the same level of support and compassion that those on the frontline have provided to millions of people across our nation,” Sheikh Sultan bin Tahnoon Al-Nahyan, Chairman of the Board of the Frontline Heroes Office, said.
The Frontline Heroes Office was established in July 2020 to support medical and non-medical workers who are on the UAE’s frontline against COVID-19.
“We wish their children every success as they embark upon a new school year and we look forward to watching them follow in their parents’ footsteps to become outstanding members of society,” Al-Nahyan added.
The country’s Education Minister Hussain bin Ibrahim Al-Hammadi welcomed the grant, describing it as a true example of community solidarity.”
“The Ministry on Education seeks to directly provide educational support for the children of frontline healthcare professionals so they can continue their invaluable and noble work,” he said.


No Middle East peace without solving ‘Palestinian problem,’ says Russia

Updated 18 September 2020

No Middle East peace without solving ‘Palestinian problem,’ says Russia

  • Kremlin observes ‘progress’ in the normalization of ties in the region

MOSCOW: Russia said it would be a “mistake” to think of peace in the Middle East without resolving the Palestinian issue.

The Foreign Ministry statement came on Thursday after Israel normalized relations with long-time foes Bahrain and the UAE at the White House on Tuesday.

Russia said it noted “progress” in the normalization of ties between Israel and several Arab countries but said that “the Palestinian problem remains acute.” 

“It would be a mistake to think that without finding a solution to it that it will be possible to secure lasting stabilization in the Middle East.” 

Moscow urged regional and global players to “ramp up coordinated efforts” to solve the issue. 

“Russia is ready for such joint work,” including in the framework of the diplomatic Quartet of Middle East peace negotiators and in close coordination with the Arab League, the Foreign Ministry said. 

US President Donald Trump has said similar US-brokered deals are close between the Jewish state and several other nations. 

Bahrain and the UAE are the first Arab nations to establish relations with Israel since Egypt in 1979 and Jordan in 1994. 

Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas said on Tuesday that only an Israeli withdrawal from its occupied territories could bring peace to the Middle East.