Reuters said that thousands of travelers are stuck in the Emirates’ airports due to the failure of the state’s decisions regarding the suspension of flights permanently.
Reuters said that hundreds of Europeans were stranded after the UAE suspended airports for passenger transportation earlier than expected.
Oil engineer Jimmy Richardson was due to return to Britain on Wednesday to join a new job, but the airports of Dubai and Abu Dhabi announced late Tuesday evening to suspend flights that night.
“This is adding a lot of pressure,” the agency quoted Richardson as saying. We have no idea what’s going on. ”
It was announced first that Dubai and Abu Dhabi airports will suspend all passenger flights from Thursday night for a period of two weeks, except for evacuation flights, as part of measures to contain the outbreak of the novel Coronavirus.
But later an early suspension of airport work was announced on Tuesday night, which caused great disruption in passenger traffic.
“We would like to inform you that all passenger and transit flights to and from Abu Dhabi International Airport will be temporarily suspended from March 26 at 23:59 Emirates time for a period of two weeks, except for the necessary cargo and evacuation flights,” said a statement posted by Abu Dhabi Airport on Twitter today, Tuesday.
The General Authority of Civil Aviation said that the decision to suspend flights does not include the necessary cargo and evacuation flights, taking all precautionary and preventive measures in accordance with the recommendations of the Ministry of Health and Community Protection.
The Civil Aviation Authority stated that new requirements will be introduced for examination and isolation in case of moving forward later to resume flights aimed at protecting passengers, flight crew and airport personnel from the risks of infection.
Before that, the government in the Emirates announced last Monday the suspension of all passenger and transit flights to and from the country for 48 hours.
This reflected the successive floundering decisions of the ruling regime in the Emirates regarding dealing with the outbreak of the Coronavirus in the country.
Dubai Economic, the authority responsible for regulating the business sector in the emirate, said on Twitter on Wednesday that Dubai directed the private sector companies to implement the remote work system for 80 percent of the employees between now and April 9.
The decision excludes pharmacies, grocery stores, “supermarkets” and cooperative societies.
On Wednesday, authorities instructed retail food outlets to remain open 24 hours, but without exceeding 30 percent of their capacity to ensure a two-meter distance between shoppers.
This comes as the UAE announced the registration of 85 new cases of the emerging Coronavirus, bringing the total number of infected people in the country so far to 405 cases.
Farida Al Hosani, the official spokesman for the health sector in the UAE, stated during the periodic briefing of the UAE government about the virus, that the new cases recorded include 7 cases of citizens, in addition to cases from different other nationalities.