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TikTok leaves Hong Kong after China security law enactment

TikTok leaves Hong Kong after China security law enactment

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TikTok will exit the Hong Kong market within days, a spokesman told the Reuters news agency, as other technology companies including Facebook, Google and Twitter suspend processing government requests for user data in the region. The short-form video app owned by China-based ByteDance has made the decision to exit the region following China's establishment of a sweeping new national security law for the semi-autonomous city. "In light of recent events, we've decided to stop operations of the TikTok app in Hong Kong," a TikTok spokesman said late on Monday in response to a Reuters question about its commitment to the market. Last week, China's parliament passed sweeping new national security legislation for the semi-autonomous city, setting the stage for the most radical ch...
Up to Dh10 million fine for environmental violations under new Abu Dhabi law

Up to Dh10 million fine for environmental violations under new Abu Dhabi law

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EAD can also enter conciliation with violators to pay 75 per cent of a penalty. A new environment law was announced in Abu Dhabi on Tuesday, aiming to curb environmental violations by imposing heavy fines on violators. According to a series of tweets by Abu Dhabi Media Office, Khalifa bin Zayed has issued a new law enhancing the regulatory powers of Environment Authority - Abu Dhabi (EAD) to help conserve the environment and biodiversity in Abu Dhabi. Under the new law, with Executive Council approval, the EAD is empowered to impose financial penalties up to Dh10 million, up from the previous maximum fine of Dh10,000. The law gives EAD the right to impose a range of different penalties, such as putting establishments under financial, administrative and technical supervision o...
Etihad plans to fly to 58 cities as travel restrictions ease

Etihad plans to fly to 58 cities as travel restrictions ease

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These include major gateways in the Middle East, North America, Europe, Asia and Australia. Etihad Airways is gradually resuming services to more destinations across its global network. This follows the easing of travel restrictions by UAE regulatory authorities on outbound and inbound travel for citizens and residents. All travel remains subject to the entry and health regulations set by the UAE authorities, and those at the end destination. Throughout July and August, subject to the lifting of international restrictions and the re-opening of individual markets, the airline plans to fly to 58 destinations worldwide from its Abu Dhabi hub. These will include major gateways in the Middle East, North America, Europe, Asia and Australia. The return to a larger network of international ...
8.7m speeding offences recorded in UAE last year

8.7m speeding offences recorded in UAE last year

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A total of 626 drivers were fined in 2019 for driving too slow and below the minimum speed limit. More than 8.7 million speeding offences were recorded on the UAE roads last year, according to authorities. The figures from the Ministry of Interior (MoI) show that speeding violations last year are slightly lower compared to the 8.9 million offences registered during 2018. Majority of the violations were "drivers exceeding speed limit by not more than 20kmph" while the most serious speeding offences were committed by motorists "exceeding speed limit by more than 80kmph". Traffic authorities said that 626 drivers were fined last year for driving too slow and below the minimum speed limit. The fine for driving below the minimum speed limit is Dh400. Top three traffic offences
What to do if UAE company claims it doesn’t have funds to pay gratuity

What to do if UAE company claims it doesn’t have funds to pay gratuity

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Know your legal rights in the UAE. Question: I worked for a company in Ajman for 11 years. Recently, there has been a lot of issues with pending salaries at the firm, so I decided to submit my resignation. I am now concerned about my end-of-service benefits. If a company claims that it doesn't have the funds to settle my dues, what are the legal actions I can take to demand payment?   Answer We assume that you have resigned from your employment by serving the stipulated notice period mentioned in your contract. Therefore, the provisions of Federal Law No. (8) of 1980 regulating Employment Relations in the UAE (Employment Law) and the subsequent resolutions issued by the Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation (MoHRE) are applicable. It should be noted that an employee
Video: Dubai’s first female bus drivers hit the road

Video: Dubai’s first female bus drivers hit the road

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The three female bus drivers commenced work on July 3, 2020. Three female drivers have started piloting buses in Dubai from July 3, the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has revealed. The authority said it has recruited the first batch of female bus drivers, who have got behind the wheels on its internal bus network. The RTA said it is the first entity in the region to take this initiative. "This step creates job opportunities for women in a field dominated by men," said Ahmed Hashim Bahrozyan, CEO of the RTA's Public Transport Agency. "This initiative is unprecedented in the Middle East region. The step is also compatible with the RTA's principle of empowering women and achieving gender balance across various jobs." RTA has recently recruited the first batch of three female bus...
Dubai visitor caught with marijuana at airport gets 10 years in jail

Dubai visitor caught with marijuana at airport gets 10 years in jail

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The 24-year-old man was also ordered to pay a fine of Dh50,000. A Dubai visitor, who was caught at the airport as he tried to smuggle 6.1kg of marijuana, has been sentenced to 10 years in jail.  The Dubai Court of First Instance found the 24-year-old Asian man guilty of charges that include importing and possession of illegal drugs. He will be deported after completing his sentence and paying a Dh50,000 fine, the court ruled.  The defendant has been placed in detention since his arrival at the Dubai International Airport (DXB) on March 3. He was apprehended by customs inspectors and then referred to the General Directorate of Anti-Narcotics. He arrived at DXB's Terminal 3 at 8am, a customs inspector said during the public prosecution investigation. "After his luggage went thr
2 arrested in Dubai for bid to peddle drugs

2 arrested in Dubai for bid to peddle drugs

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'The penalty for personal possession can be up to 10 years imprisonment' The Dubai Police have arrested two Britons and recovered narcotic drugs they allegedly intended to peddle. A police spokesperson said the recovered drug stash includes cannabis and pills that are banned in the UAE. "The police referred the case to the public prosecution and the accused are currently out on bail," the spokesperson added. Dubai Police Spokesperson: " Two British nationals were arrested for the possession of narcotics with the intent to supply. They were taken into custody and charged with possession of cannabis, pills, and other items that are classified as illegal substances in the UAE. - Dubai Media Office (@DXBMediaOffice) July 6, 2020 The UAE has a zero-tolerance policy for recreational...
Man on trial for duping woman of Dh1.1 million in UAE

Man on trial for duping woman of Dh1.1 million in UAE

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The suspect wrote five cheques - each worth Dh40,000 - for the victim against the rented land, the woman said. A man stood trial at the Fujairah Civil Court for allegedly duping a woman of Dh1,100,000. As per court records, the case unfolded when the victim lodged a complaint with the Fujairah Police against the suspect claiming that he tricked her into buying a plot of land he owned for Dh1,100,000. "He also promised that his own company would rent the same plot of land for three years for Dh200,0000," she said. The suspect wrote five cheques - each worth Dh40,000 - for the victim against the rented land, the woman added. "Later, I discovered that he (the defendant) did not have any project to carry out on the plot of land as he had assured her." He even asked her to s...
Dubai expat blackmails ex-fiancee with private photos

Dubai expat blackmails ex-fiancee with private photos

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The man confessed that he threatened to defame her in front of her husband and expose her past. An expat is standing trial at the Dubai Court of First Instance on charges of invasion of privacy and posting private photos of his ex-fiancee and her sister on social media and threatening them. According to public prosecution records, the 31-year-old Asian man posted photos of the two sisters, of his nationality, on Instagram and Facebook. He also blackmailed his ex-fiancee stating that he would disgrace her by disclosing information about her past. He was pushing her into repaying him the gold and money he had allegedly spent on her during their engagement period. He is also accused of verbally abusing the woman on WhatsApp. The case dates back to January 28 and was registere...