Prices of essentials cut, Brits repatriated, trucks allowed…

By Eudore R. Chand

UAE 6 April 2020: Adnoc Distribution has launched a dedicated essentials shelf containing all home necessities and supplies in one place. Customers will now be able to shop for day-to-day essentials and food supplies such as milk, rice, sugar, salt and flour for discounted, competitive pricing at select Adnoc Oasis convenience stores.

“We realise that in these challenging times, customers want access to their daily necessities in the easiest and safest way possible,” said Ahmed Al Shamsi, Acting Chief Executive Officer, Adnoc Distribution, said Wam.

“We have created a convenient shopping experience that allows customers to pick up the important products that they may need when conducting their essential journeys. All of our stores will be replenished daily.”

Trucks allowed on Abu Dhabi’s roads during peak hours

Abu Dhabi Police announced that heavy-duty trucks and vehicles will continue to plying roads during peak hours, with effect from today, 5th April, until further notice.

The peak hours on Abu Dhabi roads start from 6:30 to 9 am and from 3 to 6 pm.

British citizens in UAE repatriated back to UK

On Sunday, 5th April, through coordination between the UAE and UK governments, a chartered Emirates airline plane flew out 345 British citizens who were unable to return home after the closure of UAE airports to international traffic on 24th March.

Last week, the UAE’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation and British Embassy in the UAE helped British citizens leave the UAE on commercial flights, including a FlyDubai service on 28th March.

Ambassador Patrick Moody, British Ambassador to the UAE, said: “I am delighted that 345 British visitors to the UAE have now arrived home in the U.K. I am equally delighted that Emiratis have returned to the UAE from the UK this week as well. This has happened because of the hard work of my team and the team at the UAE Embassy in London, and the fantastic cooperation of the UAE government.”

Mansoor Abulhoul, the UAE Ambassador to the United Kingdom, said: “I am delighted that we have been able to help Brits who were unable to return home after the closure of our airports. We have been working on this closely with the British government for the past week. I would like to thank all the travellers involved for their patience in these extraordinary circumstances.”

UAE arranges flight to repatriate Emirati citizens in UK

Two planes, chartered by the UAE Government, will bring home over 80 Emiratis from the United Kingdom on the 5th and 7th of April. These individuals were either studying or receiving medical treatment in the UK and were unable to return following the closure of UAE airports on 24 March.

Ambassador Mansoor Abulhoul, UAE Ambassador to the United Kingdom, said: “The welfare of our citizens is our highest priority. That is why our government took strict measures to stop the spread of the coronavirus within the UAE. Such a firm obligation also means getting our citizens home safe and sound at this difficult time.”

Khaled Belhoul, Undersecretary at the UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, commented: “This flight is one of 43 flights that we have organised to bring back 1,783 Emiratis from all around the world, and 22 evacuations are underway and shall be completed in the coming days to repatriate approximately 641 Emirati nationals. We are proud of our team, which has worked tirelessly for the past week to help UAE citizens return home.”



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