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Abu Dhabi, UAEMonday 17 December 2018

UAE Ambassador to UK tells Emiratis to send their cars home after assault on student

Sulaiman Al Mazroui said emirates-plated cars are attracting unwanted attention

In this video screen grab, Emirati student Abdullah Al Hosani struggles with a man dressed in military fatigues on Brompton Street in London. He challenged the suspect after spotting him spray painting luxury cars in the street.
In this video screen grab, Emirati student Abdullah Al Hosani struggles with a man dressed in military fatigues on Brompton Street in London. He challenged the suspect after spotting him spray painting luxury cars in the street.

The UAE's Ambassador to the UK has told Emiratis to send their vehicles home or switch to a British plate following an alleged attack on a student last week.

Sulaiman Al Mazroui said the presence of distinctive Gulf-plated vehicles, which include those tagged "Dubai" and "Abu Dhabi", has attracted unwanted attention in some situations.

He was speaking after Abdullah Al Hosani, 31, was allegedly assaulted last weekend.

The business degree student told The National of how he intervened when he saw a man spray painting graffiti on a Mercedes G-wagen and found himself struck repeatedly by the suspect. The man has since been arrested and appeared in court.

“The police commissioner in the UK found that, in order to keep safety measures under current circumstances, it’s better not to use vehicles with the UAE’s plates to avoid unwanted attention,” Mr Al Mazroui told the Arabic newspaper Emarat Al Youm.

He said Emiratis studying at British universities have been informed about the decision.

"The UAE Embassy in the UK places a top priority to maintain the safety of its citizens, who either visit the UK for medical reasons, tourism or students on scholarship," said Mr Al Mazroui.

The Ambassador said that London is a safe city that draws visitors from around the world, yet he advised citizens to exercise caution while in public places.

“The embassy is following up on the case of the assault on Abdullah Al Hosani and necessary actions have been taken against the assailant by London police,” he said.

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