Qatar's Sheikh Abdullah bin Ali Al Thani has come as a guest to the UAE, at his own behest, said an official source at the UAE Foreign Ministry.
"Sheikh Abdullah enjoyed the warm welcome and gracious hospitality during his stay in the UAE after he was harassed by the Qatari government,” the source said, adding that Sheikh Abdullah has had unrestrained mobility and freedom of movement during his stay in the UAE.
Subsequently Sheikh Abdullah had expressed his desire to leave the UAE following which all measures were taken to honor his desire without any reservations.
The source in a statement expressed regret over the fabrication of facts, which is symptomatic of the general trend in which the State of Qatar continues to fabricate lies and half truths.
For his part, Chairman of the Department of Education and Knowledge Dr. Ali Rashid Al Nuaimi said that Sheikh Abdullah had asked to move to the Emirates for his “own safety.”
“For the record, a trusted source confirmed that Sheikh Abdullah bin Ali Al Thani is free to leave the United Arab Emirates as he likes and to whatever destination he likes,” Nuaimi tweeted.
He added that during his stay in the UAE, Sheikh Abdullah was honored and kept away from lights upon his request and fear for his safety.
Sheikh Abdullah has repeatedly referred to the threats against him through implicated and clear messages by his country’s regime as a result of his stance against the regime during the crisis, Nuaimi stressed.
Saudi Arabia, UAE, Egypt and Bahrain severed diplomatic and trade ties with Qatar in June over Doha’s support to extremists and its close ties to regional rival Iran.