UAE ministry issues temporary death certificate for ferry victim

AL AIN — The UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) recently issued a temporary death certificate for Khalid Al Kaaby, the 17-year-old UAE national who was lost in the tragic Egyptian Al Salam’s ferry accident, last February. The ferry was carrying around 1,400 people, mostly Egyptians.

By Lana Mahdi

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Published: Thu 13 Jul 2006, 11:52 AM

Last updated: Sat 4 Apr 2015, 7:11 PM

Obeid Ibrahim Al Za'aby, Director of Consulate Affairs Administration at the ministry, said the UAE Embassy in Egypt has made every effort to issue a death certificate for lost UAE citizens, in addition to following up the victim's financial claims against the company that operated the ferry.

The official certificate issued by MoFA indicates that Khalid Al Kaaby died in the Egyptian ferry disaster and the Egyptian authorities have assured and announced his death.

Khalid Al Kaaby was lost in the marine accident along with his cousin, Mohammed Saeed Ghameel Al Yehyaey, a 20-year-old Omani, in addition to his uncle Sayed Ahmed Mohammed Imam, a-35-year-old Egyptian.

"The last time the Egyptian minister of Foreign Affairs visited the UAE, we discussed the matter with him," added Al Za’aby.

He emphasised that the temporary death certificate will enable the victim's family to approach government departments for the completion of various formalities — on the basis of the temporary death dertificate.

Saeed Al Kaaby, Khalid's brother, said "the family has suffered much already in the absence of any official document testifying Khalid's death. But now the MoFA has facilitated every thing by issuing this certificate," he added.

"The embassy of UAE in Cairo is doing all it can to support the victim's family," he said. Khalid Al Kaaby, it may be recalled, was travelling from Jeddah Port to Egypt when the accident occurred. He wanted to visit Egypt with his two deceased relatives, since his mother is Egyptian.

"Our late brother was studying in Grade 8 at the adult education centre in the Al Ain Educational Zone. He was a trainee soldier before that," he added.

He also commented that his parents, as well as the whole family, are still in shock and very grief-stricken at the untimely death of their young son," he said.

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