43 flights have been sanctioned to bring Emiratis home

Siobháin Spear
Apr 6, 2020

The UAE has arranged a number of flights to bring Emiratis back home during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Since the closure of UAE airports on March 24, airlines have been working with the authorities to find solutions for repatriating stranded passengers and to bring home citizens of the UAE.

Stepping up efforts to bring Emiratis back from all over the world, the UAE Government has charted two planes that will carry over 80 passengers back from the United Kingdom. One of these flights departed on April 5 and the other is scheduled for April 7.

According to WAM, these flights are just two of forty-three flights that have been arranged. Commenting on the approved flights, Ambassador Mansoor Abulhoul, UAE Ambassador to the United Kingdom, said: “The welfare of our citizens is our highest priority. That is why our government took strict measures to stop the spread of the coronavirus within the UAE. Such a firm obligation also means getting our citizens home safe and sound at this difficult time.”

The two planes from the United Kingdom were chartered to bring home individuals who were either studying or receiving medical treatment and were unable to return following the closure of the UAE’s airports.

Khaled Belhoul, Undersecretary at the UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, commented: “This flight is one of 43 flights that we have organised to bring back 1,783 Emiratis from all around the world, and 22 evacuations are underway and shall be completed in the coming days to repatriate approximately 641 Emirati nationals. We are proud of our team, which has worked tirelessly for the past week to help UAE citizens return home.”

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