Bangladeshi migrant worker Mosharraf Hossain has been honoured as a frontline hero in the United Arab Emirates. His image was screened on the iconic Burj Khalifa recently.
A video clip of the event was uploaded on the Facebook page "Frontline Heroes UAE" on April 16.
"Burj Khalifa, an iconic global landmark, is honouring #OurUAEHeroes and telling their stories to the world. Frontline Heroes took care of us when we needed them the most, and now it is our turn to reciprocate the support," reads a message written along the video post.
"Show your support to our heroes by getting your vaccine!"
According to Gulf News, Mosharraf (38) is one among hundreds of frontline volunteers and professionals recognised and supported by the Frontline Heroes Office in UAE for making personal sacrifices in the Gulf country's battle against the pandemic.
His work before the Covid-19 outbreak was in the emergency pest control department of Dubai Municipality, where he has worked since 2006. He was part of a team that responded to calls from residential areas about potentially dangerous animals, said the report published last month.
When the pandemic broke out, he became part of the National Sterilisation Programme in UAE. To prepare for the role, Mosharraf enrolled in a training workshop that covered personal protection against the virus and mixing and applying disinfectant chemicals.
Each shift would begin with donning personal protective equipment, including a mask, gloves, face shield, and full suit. The teams then combed each street, building, and structure while the rest of the city's residents were inside after curfew hours. They would travel in vehicles or modified bikes to spray disinfectant chemicals on narrow roads. Sometimes, they would use drones.
"It was a tough task, but I kept reminding myself that it was important to work, and I owed this country for the opportunities it had given me," said Mosharraf. "So, I kept doing my job day after day and night after night."