Man stranded at Dubai airport: 'No country wants me'

Syrian stranded at Dubai airport is still waiting for his destiny at terminal 2

Image Credit: Courtesy: Wasfi Tayseer Jarad
Wasfi Tayseer Jarad, who has been stranded at Dubai International Airport Terminal 2 for 17 days, says it is so hard to sleep while sitting on a chair with noise all around.
10 Gulf News

Dubai: Dubai Immigration and airport authorities have intervened in the case of a Syrian national who woke up on Thursday morning still stranded at Dubai International Airport Terminal 2.

Investigators from the General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners’ Affairs (GDRFA) in Dubai flanked by airport security escorted 34-year-old Wasfi Tayseer Jarad to airport immigration offices to find a way forward to help resolve the travel impasse.

Jarad has been living at Terminal 2 for the past 17 days following his release from Dubai Central Jail where he had served three years of a seven-year drugs-related sentence imposed in 2010.

He received an early pardon and was released earlier this month after memorising the Quran in jail.  “I cannot go back to Syria fearing for my life,” Jarad told Gulf News from the airport.

Jarad confirmed that he refused authorities’ requests on Thursday to board an aircraft bound for Latakia, Syria, and that he would prefer to travel to any other country other than Syria. Jarad said he does not have any idea what to do.

“My family fled Syria to Al Zatary refugee camp in Jordan. My father told me that he will try to get me a Syrian passport and send it to me here,” he said. The meeting with Dubai immigration and airport officials was unproductive, he said, but officials said they were hopeful that a passport could be secured by Jarad’s family to help him travel.

Dubai police tried to help Jarad renew his passport with the Syrian Consulate in Dubai. Police said the request was not successful.

Jarad said that he has no money as he has spent all his money on airfare. Jarad’s bag contains few belongings. He said the airport authorities allowed one of his friends to send underwear to him. He washes his one set of clothes in the public washroom.

“I’m sleeping on the chairs for a few minutes as it is so hard to sleep deeply while sitting on the chair with the noise around,” he said. “Many workers at the airport know me. Most pity me and some even cry after listening to my story of being stranded here. Currently, no country wants to receive me because I’m Syrian and because I have no passport. I hope someone will give me a helping hand.”


  • Amit Bhattacharjie

    Oct 25, 2013 6:04

    This is a real-life story compared to the Hollywood film THE TERMINALstarring Tom Hanks and Catherine Zeta-Jones. I hope this guy will beoffered some timely and valuable assistance especially after what he mayhave gone through in prison.

  • Barakath Ali

    Oct 25, 2013 4:55

    Brother, don't worry do your prayers you have an option to do theprayers at airport terminal. Insha allah there will be a way foreverything don't think that you are Syrian no body will accommodate you,there are lots of good heart living in this world definitely you willsee you family again & live with them with full joy. I pray foryou don't lose your confident. "There is a way for everything"May allah help you!

  • Abel Biju

    Oct 25, 2013 4:20

    I wish i could do something to bail you out of this problem..

  • hameed

    Oct 25, 2013 2:49

    I pray for you. You will reunite with your family members soon.

  • Nadia

    Oct 25, 2013 2:10

    This guy needs another chance, memorizing the Quran, Allah's Book, is abig achievement and and alone because of that should he be given achance to complete his living here.

  • alam

    Oct 25, 2013 1:57

    I don't understand why after 17 days Dubai authority has not taken an urgent action he needs rest ... Dubai is most respected city in the world please send him any of the airlines hotel free of cost until he will get travel documents or until Amnesty International will come forth

  • James

    Oct 25, 2013 1:21

    Please forward this message to the authorities. Syrian refugees are accepted in Turkey, I suppose Gulfnews can contact United Nations Office and I am sure they can guide his way to Turkey.

  • carlos ante

    Oct 25, 2013 1:17

    Perhaps, Dubai airport can give you temporary job, and an exemption ofthe rule while the guy is waiting for his passport to be granted. Aftermemorizing the Quran, shows he's still a person deserved a secondchance. I am calling all the can-afford Syrian residing here in Dubai,please help this guy-the tom hanks of Syria(The Terminal).

  • Osman

    Oct 25, 2013 12:56

    He may apply to go to Albania.

  • Warner

    Oct 25, 2013 12:41

    I'm not Syrian but reading your story make me cry I want to help youbrother even just some food you can eat in airport in dubai ... Don'tthink that because your Syrian no one loves you, you have a new life nowafter jail.....

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This is a real-life story compared to the Hollywood film THE TERMINALstarring Tom Hanks and Catherine Zeta-Jones. I hope this guy will beoffered some timely and valuable assistance especially after what he mayhave gone through in prison.

Amit Bhattacharjie

25 October 2013 18:09jump to comments