Chinese mission picks tab to send businessman home

DUBAI — The Consulate-General of the Peoples Republic of China (PRC) in Dubai is picking the tab for repatriation of the seriously injured Dubai-based Chinese businessman Ling Zhiming who leaves for Shanghai tonight.

By Meraj Rizvi

Published: Fri 19 Aug 2005, 11:59 AM

Last updated: Thu 2 Apr 2015, 7:14 PM

Zhiming will be accompanied by Annie Lin Xiaoli, a member of the Chinese Community Centre (CCC), Dubai who has volunteered to travel with him simply on grounds of humanity. They are scheduled to travel by Air China which will leave for Shanghai via Beijing at 11.20pm (Dubai time). The Shanghai Chinese officials and Zhiming's wife Wang Jincui will receive him at the Shanghai airport on August 20 and will be rushed to hospital for medical care.

Zhiming, a resident of Dubai for 10 years was injured and left at the Consulate premises on July 28 in a serious condition.

According to Lin, no details on who brought Zhiming to the Consulate premises in Dubai could be found. But the man is currently in coma due to brain injuries and the PRC Consul-General Yang Wenzhong immediately rushed the injured businessman to Rashid Hospital.

The Chinese Community Centre, a non-profit charitable organisation registered with the Dubai Economic Department, is taking keen interest along with the consulate in the repatriation of Zhiming since his wife is unable to arrive in Dubai due to financial problems.

"However, we have learnt that Zhiming has a brother in Dubai who has not yet contacted either the mission or the CCC about his whereabouts," he said.

The businessman, according to hospital sources is in critical condition and “is almost dying.” His wife and children are waiting anxiously for his return. Zhiming who holds PRC passport with more than one year expired UAE visa is being helped both by the consulate and the CCC to help him return to the country.

According to the hospital source, “Rashid Hospital has decided not to charge Zhiming even a penny on the medical treatment.”

Meanwhile, the Ras Al Khaimah immigration authority has as a special case decided to waive off all fines due against him for 12-month overstay.

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