UAE establishes hotline to help holders of valid residence permits abroad

DUBAI, Jan. 2, 2019 (Xinhua) — Photo taken on Jan. 2, 2019 shows the Burj Khalifa at sunset in Dubai, the United Arab Emirates (UAE). (Xinhua/Mahmoud Khaled/IANS)

DUBAI (Rahnuma): The UAE’s foreign ministry has created a helpline for residents affected by the two-week suspension of re-entry to the country due to the coronavirus outbreak, state news agency WAM reported on Thursday.

Holders of valid residence permits overseas and their family members and first-degree relatives in the UAE can call the helpline 0097124965228 for enquiries and assistance for humanitarian and emergency cases to ensure their safe return to the UAE, the ministry said in a statement.

Earlier, the UAE helped evacuate 80 people from Iran including 74 South Koreans and six Iranian family members, a step the country has taken in response to a request by the South Korean government due to the coronavirus outbreak in the Islamic Republic.

The country, meanwhile, reported 27 new coronavirus cases and the recovery of five. The total number of coronavirus cases had reached 140, with two cases in critical condition.

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