British man dies in road accident on Dubai holiday

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A British man in his late 20s has died while on holiday in Dubai.

Gavin Duffy, from Billingham, Teesside, is thought to have died in a road accident on Friday.

Mr Duffy was an amateur athlete and a member of the Billingham Marsh House Harriers. He did not have travel insurance so friends and family are raising money online to bring his body home.

The quantity surveyor was on holiday when the accident occurred, after flying in from Newcastle Airport to meet friends in Dubai.

Friends have left tributes on his gofundme website page. According to the Northern Echo, one friend, Rachel Mulloy, wrote: "If you had the pleasure to meet Gavin, you would agree that he had an infectious personality and lust for life that touched everyone that he met. He was also an accomplished runner and completed many events on behalf of various charities."

A Foreign and Commonwealth Office spokeswoman told the BBC: "We are providing consular assistance to the family at this difficult time."

Amber Howard, Brand Manager for Travel Insurer Holidaysafe, said: "Many people's perception when visiting family at a 'second' home or spending the holidays in a foreign country is the holiday is a short break so they don't need travel insurance.

"When staying with friends or family, the cost of the holiday or cancellation is very low, and if they don't have an existing medical condition to cover, they don't believe insurance is required. But this tragic case highlights that accidents do happen and if you don't have the right cover, it can be very costly.

"Travellers should always look to purchase a single trip policy where there is cover of at least £5m medical and repatriation costs, which would give added security for themselves and family in any eventuality."

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