A stranded tourist in Dubai has safely returned to her home country after Dubai Police assisted her.
The tourist had been stranded in the emirate due to the global outbreak of the new coronavirus. She was seen by one of the patrol officers in the area and approached her.
“Our police officers approached the distressed woman and looked fatigued and needed immediate assistance,” Brig. Abdul Raheem bin Shafi’a, director of Al Barsha Police Station, said.
“As our officers accompanied her to the station, they learned that the Asian woman had come to Dubai with a tourist visa before the outbreak of the novel coronavirus. However, because of the precautionary measures undertaken by the UAE and many other countries against COVID-19, the airports were closed and she had to stay in the city with the little cash to spare. When the officers found her, she had already checked out from the hotel as she ran out of money,” Brig. Shafi’a said.
The station then contacted the Victim Support Program at Dubai Police to take over the case. The program has provided her with the moral and psychological support she needed.
“After she was admitted at one of the hospitals and received the necessary medical care, the station booked her a room at one of the hotels in the jurisdiction area until we, in cooperation with the partners, provided her with a ticket to fly back home and facilitated her Covid-19 test and travel procedures,” he added.