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'Big relief' for in-transit passengers at DXB as they're offered hotel rooms, essentials

anjana@khaleejtimes.com Filed on March 27, 2020

The passengers got stranded due to various restrictions to deal with Covid-19 pandemic.

Several Indian passengers who are currently stranded at the Dubai International Airport  have been moved to hotel rooms and provided with basic essentials, Khaleej Times has learnt.

The Consul General of India has thanked the UAE authorities for helping the 19 passengers who are unable to fly home due to flight cancellations and airport closure in India.

"We thank the UAE authorities for accommodating the 19 Indian nationals who were stuck at Dubai airport for past several days. They got stranded due to various restrictions to deal with Covid-19 pandemic. Hotel rooms have been given to them inside the airport," Indian Consulate tweeted on Friday.

These passengers were in transit at the Dubai Airport when India announced the decision to impose a ban on passenger flights. Some of the stranded passengers have been at the airport since March 18.

Dubai is taking steps to help those passengers who were in transit at the Dubai International Airport when their home countries suddenly stopped inbound flights. Dubai Airports has issued a statement informing that airlines and embassies are now working to send the passengers to their home countries.

"Passengers who are stranded at Dubai International because of the cancellation of their onward flights are being assisted by Dubai Airports' staff by referring them to their airlines and embassies who are working to repatriate them to their home countries," Dubai Airports noted.
Ankit Parek, an MBA student from Bangalore confirmed that he has been moved to hotel room, and so are other passengers.
"This is a big relief. We have a proper place to rest and sleep now."

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Anjana Sankar

Anjana Sankar is a UAE-based journalist chasing global stories of conflict, migration and human rights. She has reported from the frontlines of the wars in Yemen and Syria and has extensively written on the refugee crisis in Bangladesh, Iraq and Europe. From interviewing Daesh militants to embedding with the UAE army in Yemen, and covering earthquakes, floods, terrorist attacks and elections, she has come out scathe-free from the most dangerous conflict zones of the world. Riding on over 14 years of experience, Anjana currently is an Assistant Editor with Khaleej Times and leads the reporting team. She often speaks about women empowerment on her Facebook page that has 40,000 plus followers.


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