On July 8, 2020, the Frontline Heroes Office was officially established in the United Arab Emirates. Through the Federal Decree No. 95 of 2020, UAE President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan saw to it that indispensable roles of frontline workers during extraordinary crises shall be recognised through the new government office—emphasising the needs and priorities of frontline workers to better equip them with resources and necessary support.
The role of the Frontline Heroes Office is primarily to recognise the heroism and sacrifices of the frontline workers battling the extraordinary circumstances of the current worldwide pandemic. Consequently, the Office’s mandate includes identifying the frontline workers and establishing identification criteria in order to prepare and implement support strategies directed to the new heroes of our times. The Office, being an independent entity granted with financial and administrative autonomy, shall also hold power to organise events and activities recognising notable frontline workers through awards, certifications and nominations.
The Frontline Heroes Office shall be spearheaded by His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, and its office shall be based in Abu Dhabi. The Chairman has the power to establish branches anywhere in the Emirates. A database listing the names of frontline workers shall be established through an online registry interlinking the relevant federal, local or private bodies, which are commissioned to follow the directives of the Office Chairman.