Covid-19: Over 300 visitors from UK leave UAE on special flight

The last of over 300 British visitors have left for the UK this morning on a special flight arranged by Emirates Airlines

  
An Emirates Airline Boeing 777-300ER plane lands at the Dubai International Airport in Dubai, United Arab Emirates February 15, 2019.

An Emirates Airline Boeing 777-300ER plane lands at the Dubai International Airport in Dubai, United Arab Emirates February 15, 2019.

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The 345 British travellers were among several hundred visitors who found themselves stranded in the UAE after flights were suspended. 

The last of over 300 British visitors have left for the UK this morning on a special flight arranged by Emirates Airlines, according to Patrick Moody, British ambassador to the UAE.

The 345 British travellers were among several hundred visitors who found themselves stranded in the UAE after flights were suspended in response to Covid-19.

Moody thanked the airlines, the UAE authorities and his staff who'd "worked tirelessly" to help identify those who needed to get home.

He promised to look after those who were still staying in the UAE, and urged residents to follow government advice to stay home and stay safe.

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