Bloomberg Agency said that the UAE’s move to impose restrictions on unvaccinated people is a human rights violation.
The agency stated that the UAE authorities are considering imposing restrictions on people who have not yet received a vaccine despite being eligible to receive it, which has sparked online criticism.
“Strict measures are considered to restrict the movement of unvaccinated individuals and implement preventive measures such as restricting entry to some places and obtaining some services,” said Saif Al Dhaheri, spokesman for the National Emergency, Crisis and Disaster Management Authority.
The move sparked discussions about policy and whether people should choose vaccinations in a country where medical checks for certain infectious diseases are a prerequisite for obtaining a visa.
Sheikha Manal Bint Mohammed Al Maktoum, daughter of the ruler of Dubai and the prime minister of the United Arab Emirates, said, “This imposition means depriving people of their rights.”
Human rights circles widely criticized the UAE regime regarding vaccination, including depriving the families of prisoners of conscience and opponents of vaccination.
Meanwhile, the UAE is set to remain on the UK’s Red List for air travel indefinitely because Dubai and Abu Dhabi are major transit hubs, as suggested by British Transport Secretary Grant Shaps.
In the UK, health authorities cannot be sure of travellers’ origins through Abu Dhabi and Dubai, Shaps said.
British media quoted Shabs as saying that the problem lies in people from other countries calling Dubai Airport, and to a lesser extent, Abu Dhabi.
“If we are left on the red list for transit reasons, it makes no sense because (passengers) can pass through other routes,” Emirates Airline President Tim Clark told The Independent.
“It endangers our UK operations to Emirates Airlines,” he said. It is a pity if they keep us on the red list.”
Earlier this month, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson advised travellers in the UK not to book overseas holidays in a move that dealt a blow to the UAE’s tourism industry.