UAE sends new batch of aid to Ukrainian refugees
The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has sent a plane with 52 tonnes of food to support Ukrainian refugees in the Republic of Bulgaria. It is noted that there are more than 90,000 Ukrainians in the country.
The plane was dispatched following talks between Rim bint Ibrahim Al Hashemi, Minister of State for International Cooperation, and Theodora Genchovska, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Bulgaria. The ministers emphasised the strength of bilateral relations and the UAE’s continued efforts to assist Ukrainian refugees.
Sultan Al Qaitoub, UAE ambassador to Bulgaria, reiterated the country’s desire to “actively participate in efforts to provide humanitarian assistance and support to Ukrainian refugees in neighbouring countries” these days.
The state had earlier sent seven planes with humanitarian aid for Ukrainian refugees in Poland and Moldova, including 156 tonnes of food, medical supplies and ambulances.
The authorities of the United Arab Emirates have made it possible for Ukrainian citizens to legalize their presence in the country and to obtain residence visas for a period of one year. No local sponsor is required for the issuance of a residence permit.
Tourists from Ukrainian cities stuck in the UAE and unable to return to their home country can also stay in the country for a year – no penalties will be charged for exceeding the established terms of stay (30 + 10 days).
In early March, the UAE authorities resumed visa-free travel for Ukrainian citizens. Thus, all Ukrainian citizens arriving in the UAE starting from 3 March 2022 are entitled to visa-free entry and residence in the Emirates.
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