Ras Al Khaimah ruler grants boy’s request for mother to return to UAE

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RAK ruler grants boy’s request for mother’s return to UAE

 

RAS AL KHAIMAH – The ruler of Ras Al Khaimah has granted a request from a 7-year-old British boy to bring his mother back to the UAE.

Archie Appleyard had written a letter to Sheikh Saud bin Saqr Al Qasimi to appeal for his mother’s return. She had been stranded in the United Kingdom for 52 days due to coronavirus travel restrictions.

“It has been 52 sleeps now that I have been apart from my mother,” Appleyard wrote in his letter to Sheikh Saud.

“I feel so sad because we have never been apart for this long and all I dream and wish for is my mummy’s return,” said Appleyard, a Grade 1 student at RAK Academy Al Hamra.

To his delight, Sheikh Saud responded with a handwritten letter to Appleyard.

The May 12 letter said:

Dear Archie

Thank you for your letter. I enjoyed reading it. I remember meeting you and having a great day with you and your classmates.

I understand you miss your mom very much and I am very proud of you for being a brave boy.

I hope bringing her home will make you smile.

Yours sincerely,

Saud bin Saar Al Qasimi

Archie Appleyard had written a letter to Sheikh Saud to appeal for his mother’s return to the UAE.

On Instagram, Sheikh Saud said he was pleased to respond to the British boy’s letter.

“We worked to help reunite him with his mother at the earliest opportunity, highlighting on Zayed Humanitarian Day that the UAE will always be a beacon of humanity in this world,” Sheikh Saud said.

Twajudi service for emergencies

UAE residents who are currently abroad and urgently need to return to the country during the partial closure of airports and borders due to the coronavirus pandemic can register through a new service launched by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation.

As of Wednesday (May 13), the online service had been moved under the Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship website. Click here

Residents stranded abroad when flights were grounded in March have received permission to return to the UAE through the Twajudi service. On May 9, Etihad has started limited flights to Abu Dhabi for those who received permission to return to the country. Emirates also announced that it has opened flight bookings for similar flights back to Dubai.

Emirates, Etihad open flights to allow expats to return to UAE

Those with exceptional cases have been flown into the UAE since the coronavirus pandemic disrupted travel around the world, as in the case of a couple who were stranded in South Africa when borders closed. Dubai-based expats Mark and Chiara Hill arrived in the emirate on a special flight arranged by the UAE government so they can be reunited with their daughter. ICA/Expat Media

Expats stranded outside UAE: How to register to return to Dubai, Abu Dhabi and other emirates


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