A group of 25 Emirati women volunteered to work as construction workers for two days as part of celebrations to highlight International Workers Day earlier this month, according to a report by the Khaleej Times.
The initiative was designed to give the women an insight into life as a Dubai labourer and was organised by Nashama UAE, a volunteer group which was set up in 2009.
“It was hot, difficult and I kept feeling thirsty. Our hands are just not used to working with the hammer and it took me some time to get used to it,” Maitha Ali was quoted as saying in the report as she hammered a concrete wall for two days from 7am to 5pm.
“When I look back at the experience, I just realise how little we appreciate these people whenever we cross a construction site while driving. It has affected me a lot on a personal note,” she added.
Another volunteer, Abdulla Esmael, a radio presenter, added: “Volunteering is a good way to experience and appreciate the lives of other people who make life comfortable for us. It reflects good manners when we appreciate people who work so hard. The whole experience has been uplifting and it will be a wonderful lifelong memory.”
The group also distributed greeting cards made by volunteers to the construction workers.
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