On Sunday morning, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, ruler of Dubai and vice president of the UAE, conducted spot checks in various government offices to find some of them empty, with many employees turning up late to work.
Video footage and pictures showing Sheikh Mohammed visiting empty offices, shared by the Dubai Media Office, quickly went viral on social media. The tour coincided with the first day of the school year in Dubai.
Mona Al Marri, director-general of the government of Dubai’s Media Office said that Sheikh Mohammed “certainly wanted to send a message,” adding that “timeliness starts the top and we won’t go after employees when their bosses aren’t there.”
According to Dubai Media Office, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed wanted to check in “on the quality of services [government entities] provide.”
He began his tour at 7:30 a.m. (GMT +4) and visited the Dubai Municipality, Dubai Land Department, the Dubai Economic Department and Dubai International Airport.
In a video clip posted by Dubai Media Office, Sheikh Mohammed was seen casually walking inside Dubai Airport, greeting stunned visitors and employees while ensuring that airport services were operating properly.
Sheikh Mohammed’s website stated that the tour was “part of his keenness to follow up the progress of work in various government departments, especially service providers.”