Dubai: More than 300 Pakistani and 50 Indian nationals were left stranded at Dubai International Airport (DXB) on Wednesday.
The individuals, who hold visit visas to the country, were held back due to non-compliance with entry requirements for tourist visa-holders, according to the General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs (GDRFA) in Dubai.
The UAE Immigration rules mandate that passengers must carry a valid hotel reservation or a relative's reference, and a return ticket booking, which they did not have, Khaleej Times reported.
"Passengers who have (the required) funds would be able to enter the country or their PROs can arrange their entry. The rest of the passengers will be flown back to Pakistan," Pakistan International Airlines regional manager Shahid Mughal said, adding that the travellers were mainly blue-collar workers.
Consulate General of India in Dubai press, information, and culture consul Neeraj Agarwal said at least 57 Indian passengers had been stranded at the airport since last night.
"The Consulate was notified of their status through our helpline. Our sources say 14 were allowed entry into Dubai, however, the remaining have been stuck there since last night," he said, adding that staff have come forward to extend their support to the stranded passengers, providing them with food, water, and other amenities as required.