By Andy Sambidge
Major-General Khamis Mattar Al Mazeina says situation was successfully resolved in less than an hour
The police chief in charge of the operation to break up worker protests in Dubai on Tuesday said the situation was dealt with "in a very professional and civilised manner".
Speaking about the event, Major-General Khamis Mattar Al Mazeina, commander-in-chief of Dubai Police, said police successfully resolved the dispute in less than an hour.
In comments published by news agency WAM, he said Dubai Police had "coordinated with the employer to resolve the issue of the workers, affirming that their rights will be preserved and that their matter will be brought to the concerned".
"Dubai Police interfered and managed to resolve the issue in less than an hour, after workers were promised that their demands will be carefully considered," Al Mazeina added.
He further said that the UAE’s labour laws were "clear and enacted to protect the worker’s rights", adding that the required procedures will be taken within the legal frameworks.
Al Mazeina also said that Dubai Police's presence at the scene was "just a normal precautionary measure to maintain order and ensure optimal level of public safety, including the workers", adding that the whole situation was settled in a "very professional and civilised manner".