UAE completes 39 Emirati repatriation missions
1,743 people have been brought home
UAE authorities have completed 39 separate missions in bringing Emirati citizens stranded abroad back to their home country according to state news agency WAM.
In line with directives from the government, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation (MoFAIC) has returned 1,743 home by air and land, with a further 25 evacuations planned in the few year days.
Earlier in March, MoFAIC urged all citizens currently outside the country to return and contact the relevant authorities for assistance. “Due to the Covid-19 pandemic and many flight restrictions around the world, the UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Co-operation urges all UAE nationals currently outside the country to return home,” the statement said.
As all passenger flights across the UAE remain grounded, repatriation efforts are one of the few sources of air traffic in the region. In March, Ras Al Khaimah International Airport worked with German authorities to return stranded tourists back home. Similarly, Flydubai was granted permission at the end of last month to fly to London to return Brits home.