ADNRD not responsible for air bookings

ABU DHABI — The Abu Dhabi Naturalistion and Residency Department (ADNRD) is not responsible for the problems and delay in air ticket bookings during the amnesty period, according to ADNRD Director Col. Nassir Al Awadi Al Menhali.

By Ahmed Abdul Aziz

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Published: Fri 13 Jul 2007, 9:29 AM

Last updated: Sun 5 Apr 2015, 3:08 AM

“I do not think that the amnesty period would be extended. The period is enough if the sponsors and illegals are really serious in regularising the status or if the workers prefer to leave the country,” said Col. Al Menhali.

The ADNRD is ready to handle the rush as 600 illegals approach the department every day for assistance in amnesty formalities. “The air ticket booking is the responsibility of the countries’ embassies here. Hence, the labour attaché of each embassy should coordinate with the airlines to organise air passage,” said Captain Yousef Al Zaabi from ADNRD administration.

A source at ADNRD said 97 per cent of the illegal workers coming to the ADNRD are from Asian countries such as India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka.

Meanwhile, Bangladeshi Ambassador to the UAE Nazimullah Chowdhury said, “We need police help during the amnesty, particularly on Sundays and Mondays because the workers come to the embassy to complete formalities in large numbers.”

A source in state-owned Bangladeshi carrier, Biman, said the airline is planning to increase the number of flights, if necessary.

Lakass Manan, Abu Dhabi branch manager of Air India Express, said, “We are waiting for the approval to give discounts to amnesty-seekers.”



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