Over 200 stranded tourist visa holders from India and Pakistan, who were unable to meet the minimum entry criteria set by the UAE Immigration authorities, had to fly back home on Thursday.
A total of 545 tourist visa holders from Pakistan and over 100 Indian nationals, predominantly jobseekers, have been stranded at Dubai International Airport since Wednesday.
Sources at the Pakistani and Indian diplomatic missions in Dubai, stranded passengers and travel companies in Dubai confirmed the reports. As of Thursday 1pm, over 200 passengers from India and Pakistan have already returned to their home countries.
Sources at the airport have also confirmed that travellers from some other South Asian and African countries are also stranded in a similar predicament.