The ruler of Dubai, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum, has ordered the shake-up of the stateâ€™s management of the City, including the forced-retirement of nine senior officials, a day after he conducted a surprise official check of government offices at 7.30am and found a significant number of employees absent.
On Sunday, he made an unannounced visit to the Land Department and Department of Economic Development office and found it empty, an exercise which a Dubai media official said was intended to â€˜send a messageâ€™.
Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum casually wandered around the deserted office with empty seats, as he picked up an employeeâ€™s book and flicked through it.
The visit should not have caught so many people unawares as Sheikh Mohammed is known for his early-morning inspections â€˜to ensure government services are up to Dubaiâ€™s globally admired standardsâ€™.
In Dubai, public sector workers usually work from 7.30am to 2.30pm, while in the private sector usual business hours are from 8am to 1pm, resuming after the temperatures have begun to cool from 4pm.