Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Dutch Cyclist Praises UAE People in British Magazine

Following a Noble Humanitarian Gesture by Abu Dhabi Police Female Staff Member

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates - Sunday, October 25th 2015 [ME NewsWire]

UK’s biggest cycling magazine, Cycling Weekly recently published an article penned by world famous Dutch cyclist, Theo Bos, by which he praised the noble manners and ethics of the UAE people. Bos told the magazine about his personal experience after suffering a minor accident while participating in the Abu Dhabi Tour.

Elaborating on the details of the incident, 32-year-old Theo Bos, explained that he fell off his bike into stage two of the race, and was transferred by ambulance to an Abu Dhabi hospital for treatment. He said: “After receiving the proper treatment, I went to the pharmacy so that I could buy the prescribed medicine. When I reached out to pay, I remembered that I had no money, because I was wearing my sports suit. An Emirati lady who was waiting in line with her son understood my dilemma and insisted on paying the bill; saving me from an embarrassing situation.”

Bos continued: “I took the medicine and waited in front of the hospital for my teammates to pick me up and drive me back to the hotel where we were staying, but nobody came for me. I was trying to get a taxi when the same local lady, who turned out to be an employee at Abu Dhabi Police called Afraa Al Muhairi, insisted to take me to the hotel in Yas Island in her private car.”

Adding further, Bos said: “At first I felt a bit embarrassed, but again she insisted. There was an empty seat next to the driver, and I needed to get back to my teammates, so I accepted her help. More surprisingly, she insisted on giving me her mobile phone to call my mother in Holland and reassure her. On top of it all, she told the driver to stop at a restaurant and bought me food and water. This kind of gesture reflected the cultured noble humanitarian values of the welcoming people of the UAE, and their high sense of ethics that we rarely see in other countries.”

The Security Media Department’s officials made a phone call to inquire about the health of Theo Boss, who had returned to Holland. Bos said that he had fully recovered and that he was planning to visit the UAE again to acquaint his fiancée with this generous country and its noble and kind people. He also confirmed his wish to meet Mrs. Afraa Al Muhairi to thank her for her generous gesture, and indicated that she represents what all women around the world should be like.

Commenting on the incident, Colonel Mubarak Awadh Mubarak bin Muhairom, Director General of Community Protection and Crime Prevention at Abu Dhabi Police said: “Such noble gestures are no stranger to the sons and daughters of Zayed, or to the police staff members. Such incidents are a common occurrence, only a few come under the spotlight. The UAE people are used to doing good deeds, but they don’t try to show it off. This reflects their genuine Arab ethics and values, and their good will to do what they consider a natural duty towards others.”

For her part, Afraa Al Muhairi, staff member at the Finance and Support Services at Abu Dhabi Police stressed that any Emirati woman would do the same in similar situations, driven by the values and ethics that she inculcated. “These ethics stem from our traditions and religion, which call for helping the needy and being generous to our guests,” she added. She also expressed her happiness and pride for the Dutch cyclist’s reaction, which mirrored a mere fraction of the genuine ethics and behaviors of the Emirati people.

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