Etihad brings family together, father in UAE meets baby for first time

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Abu Dhabi - The family has been living in the UAE for 10 years.

By Staff Report

Published: Sun 17 May 2020, 12:00 AM

Last updated: Mon 18 May 2020, 8:42 AM

It was an impatient wait for Abdulmajid Koutrach at the arrival section of the Abu Dhabi airport. Not only was he going to meet his wife and son after four months, he was going to see his newborn baby for the first time.

Etihad, the national airline of the UAE, has repatriated Abdulmajid's wife Farah Oubed along with their young son Adam and newborn baby Ahmad, who were stranded abroad as a result of the global lockdowns caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.

Koutrach said: "I am truly grateful to the UAE government and Etihad Airways for bringing my precious family back to our home in the UAE. It was very hard to be away from them for so long due to the coronavirus crisis and I'm the happiest man alive to see my beautiful wife Farah and our oldest son Adam again, and especially to meet my new son Ahmad for the very first time."

The family, who have been UAE residents for more than 10 years, were granted approval to return to the country and travelled on Etihad flight EY140 from Toronto to Abu Dhabi on May 12. They were welcomed at Abu Dhabi International Airport by Koutrach, who met his newborn son Ahmad for the very first time.

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