Move follows an attack on an Emirati student in London's Knightsbridge
UAE nationals studying in the UK have been given one week to bring UAE-registered vehicles back to the country or change their plates to British ones, according to local media reports.
Gulf News quotes the UAE’s ambassador to the UK, Sulaiman Al Mazroui, as saying that the ban pertains to Emirati students enrolled in UK universities for long periods of time, but that the ban will eventually be extended to cover other categories of UAE nationals living in the country as well.
Emirati students in the UK have been informed of the decision, Al Mazroui added.
The move follows an attack on 31-year-old Emirati student Abdullah Al Hosani last week in London’s Knightsbridge area. During the incident, a 24-year old Iraqi national sprayed the word “war” on Al Hosani’s SUV and threatened to kill him.
The culprit was arrested and appeared before Westminster Court to face charges of physical assault, racially motivated aggression and drug possession.
Al Mazroui added that the safety of UAE nationals is a priority for the country’s diplomatic mission in the UK, and urged that Emiratis in the country take caution in “some” public places.