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Disabled Brit stranded in Dubai following the floods

Ian Molland

A disabled man from the UK has been left stranded in Dubai after the country was flooded earlier this month.

Ian Molland was scheduled to fly home from Dubai via Delhi on Wednesday, April 17th, after completing a solo excursion round India.

The 55-year-old was told he could join an alternative flight in four days' time, until then he would be put up in a 4 star hotel paid by Emirates.

But when he checked into the hotel he was told, with 180 passengers, there was only a booking for just one night.

Molland, from Tamworth, told Birmingham Mail:  "It's been absolutely amazing until now. I loved seeing the Taj Mahal, Jaipur and Jodhpur - but now I can't leave."

"Now it has truly been the experience of a lifetime - for the wrong reasons. I've also got health concerns and I've got to go without my important medication for five days. I've been abandoned in India."

The retired hotel inspector has physical disabilities limiting his mobility and health conditions after suffering a heart attack.

He booked his £950 flight with short layovers so he did not have to stay too long at airports during his journey.

Molland claims he was one of the 180 passengers booked on the 4.15am flight to Birmingham Airport last Wednesday who were assured they would be staying free of charge in a local hotel until their rescheduled journey on Sunday, April 21st.

But the following morning all the passengers were told they had to check out of their hotel and find alternative accommodation off their own backs until the weekend.

"I said 'there must be a mistake - I'm here till the 21st'. When I got downstairs there were 180 people all screaming and shouting. Everyone had been kicked out because the airline told the hotel to do that,” Molland told the publication.

He managed to find a studio apartment, setting him back an extra £250 - but there’s another problem - the new flight includes a 12-14 hour layover in Dubai.

Molland said: "I can't lie around inside the airport for 13 or 14 hours. I've flown with Emirates before and it's an airline I have trusted, so I had no hesitation in booking them again. Now I feel so let down and angry - but I am trying not to become too stressed because it will affect my health problems. I came out here to relax and disconnect - and now it's thrown everything into the air. It's certainly put a bad ending on things."

[ Dubai has seen severe flooding after unprecedented rainfall occurred across UAE this week - the heaviest rainfall in 75 years - with some areas recording more than 25 cm of rain in under 24 hours. ]

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