Tuesday, June 01, 2021

India-UAE flights: How this family with Golden Visas flew to Dubai

Two families from Kerala were the latest UAE residents to make news, when they arrived in Dubai on an Emirates flight early Sunday morning, amid a temporary suspension of flights from Covid-struck India.

Despite entry restrictions on passengers arriving from the virus-stricken nation, Indian expatriates who hold a golden visa are exempted from the stringent norm.

Younus Hassan, the chairman and managing director of Al Irshad Computers, a computer sales company, is one such golden residency visa holder.

His wife Hafsa and children — Nihla Yunus, Nujum Yunus, Mohammad Hilal, and Mohammad Hani Hamdan — received the golden visa under his sponsorship and were on board the flight as well.

A second four-member family was also on the flight, according to Hassan; however, due to social distancing norms, they avoided communicating with each other.

Hassan’s younger children — Hilal and Hani — are students of Our Own English High School at Al Warqa in Dubai. “My older daughter has completed her undergraduate studies and is looking to pursue her postgraduate degree. The second one is studying engineering at MES College of Engineering, Kuttippuram,” he said.

“My family and I travelled to our hometown in Kozhikode during the first week of April after the children’s school closed for the spring break,” Hassan told Khaleej Times.

“While I returned 10 days later, my family extended their stay for a few more weeks to take care of our family’s needs back home. Since my younger children are attending online classes, they decided to stay back home,” he added.

31/05/21 Dhanusha Gokulan/Khaleej Times

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