Dubai Airports hosts stranded passengers in its hotels due to coronavirus

Dubai Airports hosts stranded passengers in its hotels due to coronavirus
The UAE government has suspended all passenger flights from and into the country, including transit ones, since March 25 to curb the spread of coronavirus. (WAM)
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Updated 04 April 2020

Dubai Airports hosts stranded passengers in its hotels due to coronavirus

Dubai Airports hosts stranded passengers in its hotels due to coronavirus
  • The total number of passengers that were affected by the travel suspension decision is about 600

DUBAI: Dubai International Airport announced they are working on completing the travel procedures for the remaining 91 stranded passengers due to the suspension of most flights, state news agency WAM reported on Friday.

The Dubai International Airport said it will host all passengers in its hotels until a decision is made on whether to enable their return back to their countries, or to complete their necessary medical examinations to allow their entry into the UAE.

The total number of passengers that were affected by the travel suspension decision is about 600.

"These are unprecedented circumstances and our primary focus is to ensure that those passengers who are stranded at DXB receive the necessary levels of care and attention," CEO of Dubai Airports Paul Griffiths said.

"We have worked closely with the airlines and the authorities to either clear passengers through health checks and immigration formalities to enter the appropriate quarantine arrangements or helped to organise flights to repatriate passengers to their home or onward destinations," he added.

Meanwhile, the suspension of all passenger and transit flights in the UAE are still in effect, as part of the country’s efforts to tackle the spread of coronavirus, General Civil Aviation Authority said on Thursday.

An Emirates representative told Arab News that their services to London, Frankfurt, Zurich, Paris and Brussels starting April 6 are not commercial flights but repatriation flights arranged by embassies to send citizens to their home countries.

The UAE government has suspended all passenger flights from and into the country, including transit ones, since March 25 to curb the spread of coronavirus.


Lebanon inks final deal for 2.1 mln doses of Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine

Lebanon inks final deal for 2.1 mln doses of Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine
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Lebanon inks final deal for 2.1 mln doses of Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine

Lebanon inks final deal for 2.1 mln doses of Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine
  • The vaccines are expected to arrive in batches starting February
  • The ministry is also cooperating with the private sector to secure 2 million vaccine doses from Astrazenca and Sinopharm

BEIRUT: Lebanon’s caretaker health minister signed a final deal on Sunday to secure 2.1 million doses of Pfizer-BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine as the country battles a steep rise in infections.
The vaccines are expected to arrive in batches starting February, the ministry said in a statement.
The ministry is also cooperating with the private sector to secure 2 million vaccine doses from Astrazenca and Sinopharm, it added.
Lebanon is under a three-week lockdown that ends on Feb. 1 and a strict 24-hour curfew until Jan. 25 after lax measures over the Christmas and New Year’s holiday period led to a spike in cases.
In addition to these deals, Lebanon has also signed up for 2.7 million doses to be delivered through COVAX, the global scheme backed by the World Health Organization to provide vaccines to poorer countries.