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Dubai - Parents made emotional appeal requesting the UAE govt to let students to return home.

By Saman Haziq

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Published: Fri 20 Mar 2020, 8:39 AM

Last updated: Fri 20 Mar 2020, 3:18 PM

With the Covid-19 recording a steady increase in the number of cases, a number of parents had scheduled early return of their children studying in universities abroad.
However, the sudden decision of the government to suspend entry of all UAE visa holders who are currently outside the UAE has left them worried as their children have been barred from entering the UAE.
Explaining her plight, a worried mother told Khaleej Times that both her children - son and daughter - who were studying in the UK had booked their air tickets to fly to the UAE on Wednesday night. Her daughter was allowed to travel but son was stopped at the airport in the UK.
"My daughter was allowed to travel because of her UAE residence visa, while my son was denied boarding pass because of unfortunate suspension of his on-arrival visa. He cannot travel to our home country (India) too, because of the travel ban announced by India. We are worried about his health and well-being during the forthcoming indefinite period in UK."
Breaking down over the phone, KM, father of a girls studying in India, made an emotional appeal requesting the UAE Government to let students (with resident visa of the UAE) to return home. KM has been running from pillar to post to see if his daughter, who is studying in India, can come back to the UAE on Thursday evening. Stationed outside Terminal 2 of Dubai International Airport, KM said he has been checking with the airport officials as well as the airline offices, but was told that his daughter won't be allowed as the UAE has suspended all valid visas for two weeks.
"I do not know what to do and whom to contact to bring my daughter back to the UAE. She is studying at Manipal University in Mangaluru and her flight was scheduled for this evening. Her hostel has asked her to vacate as they do not want groups of students to be staying and mingling on the campus. We do not have any relatives there and I do not feel safe to send her to anyone's house. I just want her home. I am being told that her flight from Mangaluru will not take off due to the new travel restrictions. Her mother has been crying since morning. We were hoping the government would give us some notice period to bring our kids back but this came so suddenly." 
Yukti's son boarded flight from Chicago last night and was expected to land in Dubai on Thursday evening but she was confused what would await him at the airport.
"When my son boarded his flight from Chicago, no one knew that this decision would come so suddenly and now, he is in his flight. We hope the UAE authorities allow him to come through as this decision came when he was mid-air. With even India and Canada also closing all international flights, we have nowhere to send him and I am concerned regarding his health and safety. I hope the government lets our children in and reunites us with them. I am worried about his health and safety and do not want him to be stuck at the airport and be exposed to the risk of contracting Covid-19."
saman@khaleejtimes.com



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