By Bernd Debusmann Jr
The request applies to both students on scholarships and those studying at their own expense.
The UAE government on Monday called on all Emirati students abroad to return to the country within 48 hours amid the global coronavirus pandemic, according to the UAE’s state-run WAM news agency.
The call applies to both students on scholarships and those studying at their own expense.
The statement was made in a circular issued by the UAE’s Ministry of Education and the National Emergency Crisis and Disaster Management Authority (NCEMA) as a preventive and precautionary measure to ensure the safety of students and help stop the spread of Covid-19.
The announcement came as the UAE announced it will temporarily suspend all passenger and transit flights amid the novel coronavirus outbreak.
According to WAM, Emirati authorities “have decided to suspend all inbound and outbound passenger flights and the transit of airline passengers in the UAE for two weeks as part of precautionary measures taken to curb the spread of Covid-19.”
Cargo and emergency evacuation flights are exempt from the suspension.