Meet the best street cleaners in the UAE
There are hundreds of unsung heroes who keep the streets of UAE clean and tidy. On November 13, 2016, the best of their lot from four emirates were rewarded for their hard work, which often goes unrecognized at the Middle East Cleaning Technology Week (MECTW) Show. A total of 13 street cleaning and waste management workers from Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Sharjah and Ras Al Khaimah were honoured in front of the representatives of the leading cleaning companies in the region that have introduced various automated technologies that are taking over human work in the cleaning sector. The
cleaners, nominated by the respective municipalities and waste management authorities, were all smiles when they received the ceremonial cheque of Dh 1,500 each and a certificate of appreciation at the second edition of MECTW.
“It is a very important day in my life,” one of the award winners, Naveed Hussain from Pakistan, told Gulf News.“I’m extremely happy about it and I will make good use of the money. But I want people to think about our hard work that goes behind cleaning the street when they litter.
They must remember that we work for the health and environment of the country which is now your home,” the 26-year-old who has been working in Sharjah for four years said. Jayaraman Nair, Chairman of VIS Exhibitions and Conferences - Organisers of MECTW, said the Unsung City Cleaning Heroes Award that was launched for Dubai cleaners was this time expanded to four emirates. “Being a cleaning show, MECTW aims to recognise the hard work and dedication of staff in the cleaning sector, who do the actual work and strive to make the emirates one of the cleanest and sustainable cities in the world. We wish to make this award a pan-emirate recognition for the city cleaning staff.”