As Beirut continues to feel the devastating effects from the horrific explosion that took place on the evening of August 4, some UAE residents have arrived back in Dubai from the Lebanese capital and received a heartwarming greeting from airport staff.
As people arrived into Dubai on a flight from Beirut, they were greeted by airport staff with white roses, which are often a symbol used to showcase eternal loyalty.
Photos of the emotional scenes were shared on social media, with many who arrived thanking the UAE for “always being there for Lebanon”.
People arriving from Beirut were greeted with this at #DubaiAirport… I don’t even know where to start… Thank you for always being there for #Lebanon & the Lebanese in the UAE… pic.twitter.com/TTeHFnCQjw
— Samer S. Hamadeh (@IAmMrBrightside) August 9, 2020
According to one traveller, those arriving from Beirut were also fast-tracked through security, as airport staff waited with white roses which were given to every Lebanese passenger.
“UAE you never fail to impress,” she added.
Travellers from Lebanon get the gcc fast track lane when they arrive to Dubai. Airport security welcomes you “home” fi watankom. And a team from airport security was distributing white roses to every lebanese ma3 “Hamdellah 3a salamatkom” UAE you never fail to impress!!! ♥️🇦🇪♥️🇦🇪 pic.twitter.com/yLnCRfQyPh
— Nour Al Hassan (@nouralhassan) August 9, 2020
In a further show of support from the UAE. to Lebanon amidst the crisis, HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, ordered for emergency aid to be dispatched to Lebanon last week.
A 747 jumbo departed with around 30 tonnes of medicines and medical supplies on board, confirmed the International Humanitarian City (IHC) in Dubai.
“His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the Ruler of Dubai, ordered the aid to be sent immediately on his personal aircraft in response to the devastating blast which rocked Beirut yesterday,” Mohammed Ibrahim Al Shaibani, Chairman of the Supreme Committee for the Supervision of IHC said.
The catastrophic blast in the Lebanese capital has killed at least 135 people and left around 4,000 people injured. According to Governor of Beirut, 300,000 people have been left homeless and that up to 85 per cent of grain stocks in Lebanon have been destroyed.
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