Dubai: This bit of news will leave you stupefied. You won’t know whether to laugh or cry but you will certainly be filled with pity.
A UAE-based Indian resident, dozed off at Dubai airport’s Terminal 3 and missed the last flight to India on Sunday, reported PTI. The dilemma is now he cannot go to UAE as the country has refused entry to residency visa holders as a precaution to limit the spread of the coronavirus. All flights have since been suspended.
Moreover, he was not allowed to re-enter the UAE because his residency visa has also been suspended, the report said.
Arun Singh, 37, from Pune, had passed immigration and security and was due to board the 4 am Emirates flight to Ahmedabad on March 22 when he fell asleep in the waiting area and missed the final boarding call by a few minutes, PTI reported quoting The Gulf News
Singh, who works in the IT department of a bank in the UAE, said it was an honest mistake. “I just fell asleep as I was so stressed. I’m getting a divorce so I was flying back to India to file it,” he said.
“Initially I was allowed back into the arrivals immigration hall but then they said entry was only for GCC nationals. I explained to them that I had fallen asleep and that it was an accident,” he told the newsaper.
Singh said he has also contacted the Indian consulate in Dubai but they don’t have any information, the report claimed.
“I can shower and the shops are open so I can buy food and I will need to buy some clothes because my luggage is not with me. Things are available, but they say after Wednesday everything will close in the airport, so I don’t know what will happen then,” he said.