A Etihad Airawys plane carrying Arab citizens lands at Abu Dhabi International Airport on Wednesday.
The Emirates Humanitarian City has been set up as per the highest of standards to facilitate high-quality care for individuals admitted, ensuring their privacy and dignity are maintained throughout their stay. Individuals will undergo a 14-day quarantine period during which they will undertake the necessary medical and laboratory tests, and be monitored to ensure their health and safety.
The ambassadors added that this humanitarian gesture is not strange for the UAE’s leadership, government and people, who always lead in providing humanitarian assistance everywhere.
A general view of the Emirates Humanitarian City.
Sharif Badawi, Ambassador of Egypt to the UAE, said, "The UAE’s prompt response to help evacuate Egyptian citizens from Wuhan and bring them back is due to the strong relations between our two countries and our continued cooperation and coordination."
He then thanked the UAE and its leadership for its humanitarian gesture and support for Arab countries and peoples, especially the Egyptian people.
Fahad Saeed Al Menhali, Ambassador of Yemen to the UAE, thanked the UAE and its leadership for the humanitarian initiative, stressing that the Yemeni people will remember its supportive stance to stand by them during good and bad times.
Mohammed Amin Abdulla Al Kareb, Ambassador of Sudan to the UAE, praised the rapid response of the UAE’s government to the request of the Sudanese government to evacuate Sudanese students studying in China.
He also expressed the appreciation of the government of Sudan and the families of the students, who thanked the UAE’s leadership for its humanitarian actions while expressing his gratitude to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, UAE Ambassador to Sudan, and the staff of the UAE Embassy in Khartoum, who fully coordinated with the Sudanese government during the evacuation process.
Zaid Ezzeddine Mohammed Nouri, Ambassador of Iraq to the UAE, said that humanitarian initiatives are not strange to the UAE, which is always responding to urgent humanitarian appeals, especially those related to Arab affairs and solidarity.
He also praised the UAE’s efforts to help Iraqis who are in China and suffering from difficult conditions and thanked the UAE’s leadership, government and people for their humanitarian stances and their keenness to cooperate with Iraq while affirming that the UAE leads in supporting Iraq after 2003.
Mohammed Al Haiba, Ambassador of Mauritania to the UAE, praised the UAE's humanitarian stance and its ongoing support for other Arab countries, stressing that its initiative in China is a major humanitarian gesture that this is not alien to the country, which is always the first to lead charitable and humanitarian work.
Coronavirus concerns led Saudi Arabia to cut off air and sea travel with Bahrain, Egypt, Iraq, Italy, Kuwait, Lebanon, South Korea, Syria and the United Arab Emirates. The kingdom had earlier closed off its land borders as well.
"We are deeply concerned both by the alarming levels of spread and severity and by the alarming levels of inaction. We have therefore made the assessment that COVID-19 can be characterised as a pandemic," WHO Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told a news conference on Wednesday.
The World Health Organisation (WHO) warned on Thursday that several countries were not showing "the level of political commitment" needed to "match the level of the threat we all face." "This is not a drill," WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told reporters. "This epidemic is a threat for every country, rich and poor."
The Gulf Co-operation Council (GCC) nationals wishing to enter the UAE should undergo COVID-19 medical test and place themselves under house quarantine for 14 days, said a statement issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation on Friday.
The Ministry expressed its sincere condolences to the Thai government and people and to the families of the victims of this heinous crime, as well as its wishes for a speedy recovery for all the injured.
Friends hugged sobbing family members struggling with staggering loss on Friday in a rural northeastern Thailand community mourning the children and other victims slain by a fired police officer in the nation's deadliest shooting rampage.
Biden said on Thursday that the risk of nuclear "Armageddon” is at the highest level since the 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis, as Russian officials speak of the possibility of using tactical nuclear weapons after suffering massive setbacks in the eight-month invasion of Ukraine.
Speaking at a fundraiser for the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, Biden said Russian President Vladimir Putin was "a guy I know fairly well” and the Russian leader was "not joking when he talks about the use of tactical nuclear weapons or biological or chemical weapons.”
Around 100 tents were destroyed in a fire at one of the refugee camps in Lebanon on Wednesday. According to local media reports the tragic incident happened at Al Wafa refugee camp in Lebanon's Arsal region, northeast of Beirut.