Russian-Ukrainian crisis: RAK offers free hotel stays to stranded Ukrainians – News

All-inclusive accommodation applies to existing hotel guests for a ‘limited period of time’.



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Published: Fri 25 Feb 2022, 16:36

Authorities in Ras Al Khaimah will offer free hotel stays to stranded Ukrainian tourists who cannot return home after Russia launched a military attack on the Eastern European country.

In a statement published at Khaleej timesan official spokesperson for the Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority (RAKTDA) said the authority “provided guests staying in Ras Al Khaimah with full board accommodation, including food and beverages and other amenities”.

However, all-inclusive accommodation is applicable to existing hotel guests for a “limited period of time”.

“RAKTDA is committed to helping tourists in need and providing assistance when needed, as has been demonstrated many times in the past,” the spokesperson said.

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Some hotels in Ras Al Khaimah have confirmed Khaleej times receive a circular to cover hotel stays for stranded Ukrainian tourists until February 28.

However, this does not apply to new guests checking into hotels in the emirate, hotel managers have confirmed.

In the statement released, the RAKTDA spokesperson said the support is “part of the ongoing efforts to ensure the best possible experience for guests staying in our emirate and is intrinsic to the culture of Ras Al Khaimah.”

Ukraine closed its airspace to civilian flights on Thursday, citing a high security risk after Russian missiles launched in several cities killed 137 Ukrainians and injured 316 on the first day of fighting.

Airlines from the United Arab Emirates, including Wizz Air, Air Arabia and Flydubai, have also temporarily suspended trips to Ukraine amid growing violence.

It is not the first time that the authority has offered similar support to stranded people.

In January, stranded tourists from Kazakhstan also received free stays when flights were canceled following violent protests and unrest in the central Asian country.

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