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UAE helps kin of Al Ain crash victims

Country bears repatriation costs and one year's pay to families of victims in Al Ain crash

  • By Binsal Abdul Kader, Staff Reporter
  • Published: 20:26 February 12, 2013
  • Gulf News

  • Image Credit: Courtesy Al-Ain Police Public Relations office
  • Rescue operations under way at the accident spot, 35km from downtown Al Ain, on Monday.

Abu Dhabi: The UAE Government on Tuesday announced special monetary assistance to the families of 21 workers who were killed in the horrific accident in Al Ain on February 4.

The UAE will pay one year’s salaries of the victims  to their families, said Shaikh Abdullah Bin Mohammad Bin Butti Al Hamed, Undersecretary at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, in a statement carried by WAM.

This is to alleviate the   burden of those families after losing their breadwinners, until a final legal ruling is issued by the authorities regarding the compensation, he said.

The Under Secretary said the  UAE Government has borne the costs of the repatriation of the bodies of 21 workers [19 Bangladeshis, an Indian and an Egyptian] to their home countries after the administrative procedures were completed.

He expressed his heartfelt condolences to the families of the deceased.

“On behalf of the Bangladeshi government and people, I express my sincere gratitude to the UAE Government for this humanitarian gesture,” Mohammad Shahadat Hussain, Charge d’Affaires at the  Bangladeshi Embassy in Abu Dhabi, told Gulf News on Tuesday.

He said all 19 Bangladeshis’ families were depending on the victims’ income.
“Now the UAE Government has given a new lease of life to those families; otherwise their life would have been tough until they get their compensation,” Hussain said.

M. K. Lokesh, Indian Ambassador to the UAE, said the UAE gesture once again proves its commitment to the workers who greatly contribute to this nation’s development. “We are very happy about this gesture.”

Thamer Mansour, Egyptian Ambassador to the UAE, said it  is a great help to the affected families. “I really appreciate the UAE’s move, it is really a great support to those families,” he said. 

The news gave a relief to Bangladeshi Jamil Hussain, 24, who was  last night accompanying  the body of his uncle  Wasir Ali, 40, the last one among the 21  Al Ain crash victims to be repatriated . “It will be a great relief to his wife and three children,” he said.

“Accompanying the body of my uncle is not at all easy for me; but this news gives me little bit relief,” Hussain told Gulf News on Tuesday. He was on the way to airport, accompanying his uncle Wasir Ali’s body to Sylhet in Bangladesh, when the UAE announced  a special monetary assistance to the families of Al Ain crash victims.

“For me it came at the right time. At least it will immediately minimise the financial burden of his 30-year-old widow, his two 11 and nine-year-old sons and a five-year-old daughter— especially the children’s education,” Hussain said.

This will be a great help to an ailing father who lost all his hopes after losing his only son, said Humayun Shafikkulla whose cousin Mohammad Farooq Hussain died in the tragedy.

The father—who was a rickshaw-puller in a Bangladeshi village—sent his son to the UAE as he was no longer able to work, he said.

Comments (29)

  1. Added 19:50 February 13, 2013

    THIS GESTURE OF THE UAE AUTHORITIES, SALUTE TO THEM UAE, ALLAH BLESS THIS UAE AND LAND. I LOVE UAE. RASIHD HUSSAIN(ALAMGIR) sharjah.

    RASHID HUSSAIN ALAMGIR.SHJ, SHARJAH, United Arab Emirates

  2. Added 18:56 February 13, 2013

    Salute to UAE goverment.

    morshed, sharjah, Bangladesh

  3. Added 17:54 February 13, 2013

    I am with all those commented in support of the govt but will ask : 1- Where is the blood money from the insurance companies ? 2- Where is the compensation from the company they used to work for ? 3- There must be a long term program for cases like these.

    shah Wali, Peshawar, Afghanistan

  4. Added 17:41 February 13, 2013

    This gesture of the UAE Authorities has really moved me emotionally. In today's fast track life where even the own blood relations does not bother about us, the UAE govt has thought about the Victim's family. This is y I love UAE. I have left UAE a year back but will always love UAE for its various acts. I always pray for UAE.

    Aqeel, Hyd, India

  5. Added 17:40 February 13, 2013

    Salute to UAE goverment for this great gesture.. May Allah help and protect all of us.

    Ashakur Rahman, Sharjah, Bangladesh

  6. Added 17:32 February 13, 2013

    A noble gesture by the UAE. Timely help. This shows that UAE cares for its people. May the Almighty bless this land and its rulers abundantly.

    Mrs. Yousufa, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

  7. Added 17:16 February 13, 2013

    Authorities have done a wonderful thing, this will add a golden feather to UAE's image.

    Thushara, dubai, United Arab Emirates

  8. Added 17:10 February 13, 2013

    This is a kind gesture by the UAE Government an May the individuals be rewarded for this act.....

    Aman, Dammam, Saudi Arabia

  9. Added 16:08 February 13, 2013

    Great gesture indeed, I am impressed with the compassion, generosity and humanity extended by the UAE authorities. Proud of you UAE.

    Liza, Dubai, India

  10. Added 15:30 February 13, 2013

    Congratulations and great saluting to authorities of UAE.

    Waheed, Islamabad, Pakistan

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