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Kingdom’s embassies offer crucial lifeline for Saudis stranded abroad due to COVID-19 outbreak

Atta Ur Rehman KhanWeb Editor & Columnist

01st Apr, 2020. 12:21 am
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Kingdom’s embassies offer crucial lifeline for Saudis stranded abroad due to COVID-19 outbreak

Hundreds of Saudi citizens stranded abroad due to the coronavirus travel bans are living in the lap of luxury at the expense of Saudi Arabia.

According to the details, Since the first case of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) was reported in Saudi Arabia, the government has been taking all necessary measures to protect its people through the closure of schools and offices to the halting of international and domestic flights.

And Saudi embassies around the world have been working day and night to organize the safe return of citizens, posting flight deadlines and important contact numbers on Twitter.

However, not all Saudis studying, working or on vacation in other countries have been able to make it home.

As the world battles with the pandemic, the Saudi government has been trying to ensure the well-being and health of its citizens stranded abroad, urging Saudi nationals to abide by the rules and regulations of the countries of their residence.

The sources of Arab News said, The Kingdom has expanded a ban on international flights for two weeks to help authorities fight the virus effectively within the country.

A number of Saudi families, tourists, businesspeople and students have found themselves stuck in the US capital, Washington, DC with no idea of when the next evacuation flights will take place.

Ayman Nassief and his family were on a two-week holiday in Orlando, Florida when the travel ban came in.

“When they closed Disney World in Orlando, we sensed something, and decided to go back to Washington to take the first flight to Saudi Arabia,” said Nasseif, an architect from Jeddah who had traveled to the US with his wife Safinaz Salamah, a pediatrician, and their daughter Hatoon, a freelance graphic designer.

“I knew that the flight had been canceled before I arrived in DC, so I called the embassy on their dedicated hotline. The embassy immediately made arrangements for our stay at the Hilton McLean hotel,” Ayman Nassief included.

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