9 Senior Civil Servants Fired In Dubai After Sheikh's Spot Check Sheikh Mohammed was photographed standing beside empty desks which should have been occupied by high-ranking officials. The sheik is known for spot checks so they only have themselves to blame.
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9 Senior Civil Servants Fired In Dubai After Sheikh's Spot Check

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9 Senior Civil Servants Fired In Dubai After Sheikh's Spot Check

9 Senior Civil Servants Fired In Dubai After Sheikh's Spot Check

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Sheikh Mohammed was photographed standing beside empty desks which should have been occupied by high-ranking officials. The sheik is known for spot checks so they only have themselves to blame.

RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

Good morning. I'm Renee Montagne. When the ruler of Dubai showed up for a spot check of some of his civil service departments, it made for some awkward pictures that the government's media office posted on Twitter. Sheikh Mohammed was photographed standing beside a line of empty desks, which should have been occupied by high-ranking officials. The sheikh is known for spot checks, so they only have themselves to blame. That is, the nine senior officials who ended up sacked. This is MORNING EDITION.

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