UAE flying home all citizens who are students abroad
The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has announced that it is flying home all of its citizens who are students currently studying abroad with immediate effect due to the global Coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak.
According to The National, this week, UAE authorities stated that they will repatriate all of their citizens who are students abroad within 48 hours.
This comes as the next step in the worldwide tightening of travel restrictions, as part of global attempts to limit the spread of the virus.
This precautionary measure is being led by the UAE’s Ministry of Education and the National Authority for Emergency, Crisis and Disaster Management. The Abu Dhabi Media Office tweeted that this operation is being undertaken in cooperation with the embassies in the affected countries.
Returning UAE students abroad not permitted to travel again
The authorities also explicitly stated Emirati students who did return were not permitted to travel again “under any circumstances.”
Many of these students now also find themselves attempting to claim back refunds of thousands spent on accommodation fees, meals and additional associated expenses.
Web-based learning will now be the norm for the next few months
As many institutions in the US, UK, and Europe, close for the foreseeable future, students face months of uncertainty for the future of their courses, exams and qualifications.
Thousands of international students from the UAE have been forced to abandon their courses mid-semester, and in many cases take up web-based learning alternatives for the next few months.
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Josephine Walbank is a reporter for Global Education Times (GET News) with a focus on education in the UK, Asia-Pacific, and Americas, and student experience and lifestyle news.
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