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Stranded in Dubai, waiting for help

Syed Hussaini
Filed on March 19, 2020

We humbly request both the UAE and KSA authorities to take a note of the problems.

We are visitors to Dubai from Yanbu, Saudi Arabia. Our three-week intended visit to spend time with our student daughter in Dubai is now hijacked by the spread coronavirus with all flights suspended. We arrived with a one-month visitor visa, so we thought of extending it before the expiry.

We were asked to pay Dh1,900 per visa for one month and Dh2,200 per visa for three months. The lady at the counter claimed that this hike is not by airline but from the government. The visa extension fee is highly shocking to us without any public announcement from the department of immigration. The regular one-month visitor visa costs SAR325 (around Dh317) and we frequently obtain and travel to the UAE. I wish to share grievances with the authorities:

体育竞彩网1. Why is the visa fee is so high?

体育竞彩网2. We are not personally responsible for the current situation.

3. Scores of visitors including us are forced to stay for longer periods until further notice.

4. Our confirmed return flight dated March 14, 2020 was first redirected from Yanbu to Jeddah and later cancelled until further notice due to safety measures by the governments.

5. We are in distress as our KSA exit and re-entry visas and the UAE visit visas are close to expiry and we didn't come expecting to deal with such a situation.

6. The concerned departments and authorities need to ease the concern of visitors and facilitate their return to their countries without adding further hardships. We humbly request both the UAE and KSA authorities to take a note of the problems being faced by people like us and extend helping measures to reduce our problems.

体育竞彩网-Syed Hussaini, Dubai

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