The agonising wait for tickets

  • Abdul Hakim from Manikganj who has been working in Saudi Arabia for three years faces uncertainty over his return to the country of his employment as his iqama or residency permit will expire on Sep 30. Photo: Mahmud Zaman Ovi

    Abdul Hakim from Manikganj who has been working in Saudi Arabia for three years faces uncertainty over his return to the country of his employment as his iqama or residency permit will expire on Sep 30. Photo: Mahmud Zaman Ovi

  • Md Kausar from Noakhali has been working at a bakery in Saudi Arabia for three years. He had bought a ticket for an Apr 11 return to the Middle Eastern country, but could not fly due to the coronavirus pandemic. Now he has no idea how he will return to work. Photo: Mahmud Zaman Ovi

    Md Kausar from Noakhali has been working at a bakery in Saudi Arabia for three years. He had bought a ticket for an Apr 11 return to the Middle Eastern country, but could not fly due to the coronavirus pandemic. Now he has no idea how he will return to work. Photo: Mahmud Zaman Ovi

  • Stranded Bangladeshi migrant workers began gathering outside the Saudia office in Dhaka for air tickets as early as 4am on Sep 24, 2020. Photo: Mahmud Zaman Ovi

    Stranded Bangladeshi migrant workers began gathering outside the Saudia office in Dhaka for air tickets as early as 4am on Sep 24, 2020. Photo: Mahmud Zaman Ovi

  • Many Bangladeshi migrant workers got their plane tickets to Saudi Arabia on Sep 24, 2020 but Md Mohiuddin, who has been working in the Middle-Eastern country for two decades, did not get the call. Photo: Mahmud Zaman Ovi

    Many Bangladeshi migrant workers got their plane tickets to Saudi Arabia on Sep 24, 2020 but Md Mohiuddin, who has been working in the Middle-Eastern country for two decades, did not get the call. Photo: Mahmud Zaman Ovi

  • Stranded Bangladeshi migrant workers wait for air tickets to Saudi Arabia outside the Saudia office in Dhaka on Sep 24, 2020 after days of protests. Photo: Mahmud Zaman Ovi

    Stranded Bangladeshi migrant workers wait for air tickets to Saudi Arabia outside the Saudia office in Dhaka on Sep 24, 2020 after days of protests. Photo: Mahmud Zaman Ovi

  • Stranded Bangladeshi migrant workers wait for air tickets to Saudi Arabia outside the Saudia office in Dhaka on Sep 24, 2020 after days of protests. Photo: Mahmud Zaman Ovi

    Stranded Bangladeshi migrant workers wait for air tickets to Saudi Arabia outside the Saudia office in Dhaka on Sep 24, 2020 after days of protests. Photo: Mahmud Zaman Ovi

  • Rezaul Karim, a stranded Bangladeshi migrant worker, was finally able to queue for an air ticket outside the Saudia office in Dhaka on Sep 24, 2020 after days of protests. Photo: Mahmud Zaman Ovi

    Rezaul Karim, a stranded Bangladeshi migrant worker, was finally able to queue for an air ticket outside the Saudia office in Dhaka on Sep 24, 2020 after days of protests. Photo: Mahmud Zaman Ovi

  • Rezaul Karim, a stranded Bangladeshi migrant worker, finally secured his air ticket to Saudi Arabia in Dhaka on Sep 24, 2020 after days of protests. Photo: Mahmud Zaman Ovi

    Rezaul Karim, a stranded Bangladeshi migrant worker, finally secured his air ticket to Saudi Arabia in Dhaka on Sep 24, 2020 after days of protests. Photo: Mahmud Zaman Ovi

  • Rezaul Karim, a stranded Bangladeshi migrant worker, finally secured his air ticket to Saudi Arabia in Dhaka on Sep 24, 2020 after days of protests. Photo: Mahmud Zaman Ovi

    Rezaul Karim, a stranded Bangladeshi migrant worker, finally secured his air ticket to Saudi Arabia in Dhaka on Sep 24, 2020 after days of protests. Photo: Mahmud Zaman Ovi

  • Stranded Bangladeshi migrant workers wait for air tickets to Saudi Arabia at the Saudia office in Dhaka on Sep 24, 2020 after days of protests. Photo: Mahmud Zaman Ovi

    Stranded Bangladeshi migrant workers wait for air tickets to Saudi Arabia at the Saudia office in Dhaka on Sep 24, 2020 after days of protests. Photo: Mahmud Zaman Ovi

  • Stranded Bangladeshi migrant workers wait for air tickets to Saudi Arabia at the Saudia office in Dhaka on Sep 24, 2020 after days of protests. Photo: Mahmud Zaman Ovi

    Stranded Bangladeshi migrant workers wait for air tickets to Saudi Arabia at the Saudia office in Dhaka on Sep 24, 2020 after days of protests. Photo: Mahmud Zaman Ovi

  • A stranded Bangladeshi migrant worker looks relieved as he emerges from the Saudia office in Dhaka on Sep 24, 2020 after securing his air ticket following days of protests. Photo: Mahmud Zaman Ovi

    A stranded Bangladeshi migrant worker looks relieved as he emerges from the Saudia office in Dhaka on Sep 24, 2020 after securing his air ticket following days of protests. Photo: Mahmud Zaman Ovi

  • A stranded Bangladeshi migrant worker looks relieved as he emerges from the Saudia office in Dhaka on Sep 24, 2020 after securing his air ticket following days of protests. Photo: Mahmud Zaman Ovi

    A stranded Bangladeshi migrant worker looks relieved as he emerges from the Saudia office in Dhaka on Sep 24, 2020 after securing his air ticket following days of protests. Photo: Mahmud Zaman Ovi

  • Arif Hossain, a stranded Bangladeshi migrant worker, started for Mohakhali for coronavirus test after securing his air ticket to Saudi Arabia. Photo: Mahmud Zaman Ovi

    Arif Hossain, a stranded Bangladeshi migrant worker, started for Mohakhali for coronavirus test after securing his air ticket to Saudi Arabia. Photo: Mahmud Zaman Ovi

  • Stranded Bangladeshi migrant workers holding tokens wait for air tickets outside the Saudia office in Dhaka on Sep 24, 2020 after days of protests. Photo: Mahmud Zaman Ovi

    Stranded Bangladeshi migrant workers holding tokens wait for air tickets outside the Saudia office in Dhaka on Sep 24, 2020 after days of protests. Photo: Mahmud Zaman Ovi