H. H. Sheikh Saud bin Saqr Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Ras Al Khaimah, has responded to a request from a Grade-1 student at RAK Academy Al Hamra, to return his mother to the UAE, after she had been stuck in the United Kingdom for 52 days due to the Coronavirus travel restrictions.

"I was pleased today to respond to a letter from Archie, the British boy whose mother was prevented from returning from the UK to Ras Al Khaimah due to the current circumstances," said H.H. Sheikh Saud bin Saqr in his response to a letter handwritten by the boy.

Archie Appleyard earlier wrote an emotive letter to H.H Sheikh Saud, appealing for his mother’s return, explaining that she had gone to the UK to say goodbye to his grandfather but had been unable to come back to the UAE due to Covid restrictions.

His letter, dated 11 May 2020 and titled “My letter asking for help”, reads as follows:

Dear Sheikh Saud A Qasimi [sic]

I met you when I came to your palace on 12 June 2019. I remember you as a very kind helpful Sheikh.

My reason for my letter is to ask your help to free my mummy from Covid lockdown in the United Kingdom. She went to say goodbye to Grandpa Pelo and got stuck. It has been 52 sleeps now that I have been apart from my mummy.

I feel so sad because I have never been apart for this long and all I dream and wish for is for my mummy’s return and for my family to be back together in Al Hamra village.

I hope you get this letter soon, and thank you so much for any help.

From Archie Appleyard – age 7

The handwritten response dated 12 May 2020 was hand-delivered by a member of the RAK media office and reads:

Dear Archie,

Thank you for your letter, I enjoyed reading it. I remember meeting you and having a great day with you and your classmates. I understand you miss your mommy very much and I am very proud of you for being a brave boy. I hope bringing her home will make you smile.

Yours sincerely,

Saud bin Saqr Al Qasimi

In his response on his Instagram account, H.H. Sheikh Saud said: "We worked to help reunite him with his mother at the earliest opportunity, highlighting on Zayed Humanitarian Day that the UAE will always be a beacon of humanity in this world."