A UAE customs officer was promoted by Dubai Ruler Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum for his role in rescuing a family stranded at Oman’s Hatta checkpoint.
Salem Abdullah Bin Nabhan Al Badwawi Sheikh Mohammed was promoted from officer to the rank of first officer, effective from the first day of Eid, according to the Dubai Media Office.
On his official Twitter account, Sheikh Mohammed shared a video of a radio presenter talking to the Syrian father about how the officer selflessly offered his personal car when their car broke down near the Oman border.
سالم البدواوي .. موظف حكومي .. ومواطن إماراتي .. ورجل يحمل معاني الشهامة الإماراتية pic.twitter.com/HpL8B2fgcm— HH Sheikh Mohammed (@HHShkMohd) June 26, 2018
“It was the first day of Eid on Friday morning at 7 a.m., and we were headed to Muscat. At the border, our car broke down,” the man told the radio presenter.
“The customs officer requested I park the car off to the side, and tried to help us get a two truck or taxi so we could go back home, but no one answered us as it was the first day of Eid and very early.”
“Salim Badwawi, the customs officer on duty, gave us his personal car keys and told us to continue our trip to Muscat.
“He first drove to his home in Hatta, dropped his belongings off, then insisted we continue our journey as planned.
“After we finished our trip, the officer took us back to our home in Dubai, then called a tow truck and had them tow the broken down car to a mechanic to fix,” the man added.