National Day call: Sheikh Mohammad visits upset girl

National Day call: Sheikh Mohammad visits upset girl
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Dubai: Finally, Emirati girl Salama Al Qahtani broke into a smile as she got more than what she wished for.

Salama was distraught and inconsolable as she didn’t receive the National Day phone call from UAE vice-president and prime minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum. In a video shared on social media, a doleful Salama is seen sitting on a bench in the front-yard of her Al Ain home.

All her friends received greetings on the eve of the 47th UAE National Day from the Ruler of Dubai, but Salama was left out. To the surprise of many, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum called on her at her Al Ain home and personally conveyed the wishes to the young girl.

The UAE residents got a call from the number ‘1971’, the year in which the UAE was established, which played a pre-recorded message from the Ruler of Dubai on December 1. Salama waited for the all-important call, but unfortunately it never came. The children of her age, who got the call from the Ruler of Dubai, were seen rejoicing in the video.

In the viral video, Salama is in tears for not having received the phone call from the UAE prime minister.

In a noble gesture, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, who is equally popular among Emiratis and expatriates, visited Salama at her home. Sitting next to Salama and holding her hands, the UAE prime minister said, “Others just got my phone call. But I am meeting you personally and conveying the wishes. You are my daughter, may God bless you. Now you can tell everyone that you met me personally.” Hearing this, Salama was in tears of joy.

Everyone praised the Ruler of Dubai for the amazing gesture after the video went viral on social media.

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