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Soon, grace period for illegal residents in UAE

Soon, grace period for illegal residents in UAE

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Under the new initiative called 'Protect yourself by modifying your status'. The Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship is preparing to launch the "Protect Yourself by Modifying Your Status" initiative, implementing the Cabinet's decision and allow for a grace period for illegal residents to rectify their status. Ali Mohammed bin Hammad Al Shamsi, Chairman of the Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship, praised the decision of the Council of Ministers to adopt a new legislative package to review the current residence system. Those who have such a status won't face legal consequences, will be exempt from violation fines. This helps the UAE maintain its economic competitiveness, strengthening its position as one of the best countries in the world by providing decen...
One-year UAE residency visa announced for people in war, disaster zones

One-year UAE residency visa announced for people in war, disaster zones

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They will also be exempted from fines. The Cabinet, chaired by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, has adopted a resolution on Monday granting nationals of countries - suffering from wars and natural disasters - a residency visa for a year in the UAE. Regardless of their condition of residence, the visa intends to offer those affected a chance to improve their living conditions until they are ready to return to their home countries. The period for applying for the 1-year residency begins from August 1 to October 31 of this year, which can be extended and exempted from any irregularities or fines. #wam_breaking | The UAE to grant nationals of countries facing war and conflict a one year stay permit,...
New visa rules in UAE: All you need to know

New visa rules in UAE: All you need to know

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A number of visa facilitations for visitors, residents, families and people overstaying have been approved by the Cabinet. The Cabinet, chaired by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, adopted a number of visa facilitations for visitors, residents, families and people overstaying their visa to cater for a wider segment of the society. The Cabinet approved a new legislative package, including a review of the current residency system to allow a two-year extension of the residency period for the dependents of their parents after finishing their university studies. Transit visa 1. A new decision has also been approved to exempt transit passengers from all entry fees for the first 48 hours. 2. Transit vi...
UAE workers expect salary hike in 2018

UAE workers expect salary hike in 2018

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Over 66 per cent of respondents believe salaries are either increasing or staying the same Professionals across the UAE expect to receive a raise in their salaries in 2018, a new survey by Bayt.com has revealed. Over 66 per cent of respondents in the UAE believe that salaries are either increasing or staying the same. At the same time, 56 per cent of employees expect to receive a raise in 2018, with 27 per cent expecting a raise of up to 10 per cent, the survey found. In terms of salary, 60 per cent of UAE respondents claim that their current salary package consists of basic salary with benefits, while 23 per cent claim that it consists of basic salary only. In addition, 17 per cent said they receive a basic salary as well as a commission and benefits. Over 52 per cent of respondent...
Eid Al Fitr holiday announced in UAE

Eid Al Fitr holiday announced in UAE

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The government announced that the holiday will last till the third day of Shawwal. The Federal Authority for Government Human Resources has declared that Eid Al Fitr holidays for federal entities in the UAE will begin from Thursday (June 14), the 29th Ramadan. The government announced that the holiday will last till the third day of Shawwal. FAHR announced Eid al Fitr holiday for the Federal Government pic.twitter.com/bNFjE3BhMA — FAHR (@FAHR_UAE) June 11, 2018 If Eid Al Fitr falls on Friday, June 15, then the holiday will last until Sunday, June 17. The Authority conveyed its greetings to the President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, His H
Dubai Immigration to Filipinos: ‘Contact us for help’

Dubai Immigration to Filipinos: ‘Contact us for help’

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The General Directorate of Residency and Foreigner Affairs – Dubai (GDRFA) has initiated steps to be closer to the emirate’s estimated half a million Filipinos, promising weekly updates and calling their attention to a mobile application enabling them to have direct links to the agency’s services as well as top officials for their queries and suggestions. This, according to Maj. General Mohammed Ahmed Al-Marri, GDRFA director who told The Filipino Times at a morning briefing, June 5, that the move is meant to assist the Filipino community in clearing the air on a range of concerns and to provide them with the latest immigration news “To help the community of Filipinos, we’d like to be clear; we’d like them to follow our social media (and) contact us if there’s anything,” Maj. General
Sheikh Khalifa issues two new laws in UAE

Sheikh Khalifa issues two new laws in UAE

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The laws have been published in the official gazette. The President, His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, has issued two federal laws concerning waqf and arbitration. Federal Law No. 05 of 2018, 'Waqf Law', issued in the latest edition of the Official Gazette, contains 40 articles and follows the latest legislative and global developments governing waqf (an inalienable charitable endowment under Islamic law) as an economic and social pillar contributing towards humanitarian development and providing for an active working environment in the endowment sector across various fields, including health, culture and sustainability. The law classifies waqf according to three categories -- 'Waqf Ahli' where proceeds are designated for the waqf founder's children and their off-sp...
First day of Eid Al Fitr on June 15, says astronomy centre

First day of Eid Al Fitr on June 15, says astronomy centre

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New moon of the lunar month of Shawwal shall be monitored after sunset on June 14, Thursday. Most Muslim countries will be sighting Shawwal moon on Thursday, June 14, the International Astronomy Centre in Abu Dhabi said on Wednesday. This means that Eid Al Fitr will be celebrated on June 15, marking the first day of the three-day celebration. In the UAE, the moon will most likely be difficult to see with the naked eye when it sets around 41 minutes after sunset. The crescent moon will be visible by telescope in east and southeast Asian countries and Europe, the astronomy centre said. In most of the Arab world, the crescent moon cannot be easily seen with the naked eye except for in the far western regions of southern Morocco, Mauritania, and west Africa. Most of the America...
Soon, expats may get new temporary work permits in Oman

Soon, expats may get new temporary work permits in Oman

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The government is also working on a structure to allow flexible movement of expatriate workers. Non-Omani professionals may soon be able to work in the Sultanate under temporary employment licence for a set period. Oman government is working on the new amendment to address business needs requiring expatriates for specific specialised professions. The temporary work permit will be issued to professionals working in medical, academic, technical, consultancy, expertise and training fields, according to the Implementation Support and Follow-up Unit's annual report. The Ministry of Manpower will update these specialised jobs annually in accordance to the demand of the labour market. Besides, the government is working to put a system in place that will ease labour mobility between compani...
UAE, Saudi Arabia discuss expansion of ties

UAE, Saudi Arabia discuss expansion of ties

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The meeting was also attended by Sheikh Shakhbout Al Nahyan, UAE's Ambassador to Saudi Arabia. Reem bint Ebrahim Al Hashimy, Minister of State for International Cooperation in UAE, and Ahmed Qattan, Saudi Minister of State for African Affairs, on Tuesday discussed the outstanding relations binding the UAE and Saudi Arabia as well as ways to further develop them to serve the interest of the two nations and their peoples. The meeting, which was attended by Sheikh Shakhbout Al Nahyan, UAE's Ambassador to Saudi Arabia, also dealt with aspects of cooperation in the African continent with a special focus on how to boost joint projects there. The UAE Minister expressed thanks for the warm reception and hospitality, pointing out that the joint relations between the two countries are histori...
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