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Coronavirus: All travellers to Sharjah must take second PCR test on arrival

Coronavirus: All travellers to Sharjah must take second PCR test on arrival

GULF NEWS, UAE NEWS
Residents are now allowed to enter the emirate without any prior approval under new travel guidelines issued by Sharjah authorities All tourists and residents travelling to Sharjah must have a negative Covid-19 test result before they board their flights, officials have announced. The results will be valid for up to 96 hours from the time the PCR test is taken, said the Sharjah Emergency, Crisis and Disaster Management Committee on Wednesday. All passengers will have to take a second PCR test once they land in the emirate. Travellers must also self-quarantine at their residence or hotel and wait for the test results. Those who test positive will have to isolate for 14 days. All medical expenses will be borne by individuals. It is recommended that t...
Coronavirus: Hotels in Dubai should close by 3am under new rules

Coronavirus: Hotels in Dubai should close by 3am under new rules

GULF NEWS, UAE NEWS
Restaurants in Dubai have been asked to restrict the number of people in each group to eight individuals per table. Venues and conferences in Dubai will have to wind up their activities by 1am at the latest. The emirate's Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM), issued a circular on Thursday stating that all entertainment activities are to conclude by 1am. The authority also informed hotel establishments that food and beverage services should be strictly suspended after 3am, including the closing of venues. "This is with the exception of delivery and room services," added the circular, which cautioned outlets to adhere to the new guidelines with immediate effect. Praveen Shetty, chairman and managing director of Fortune Group of Hotels, told Khaleej Times: "We wel...
Covid-19: Reunion time as UAE resumes visit visas

Covid-19: Reunion time as UAE resumes visit visas

GULF NEWS, UAE NEWS
'The online system to make applications are yet to open' Following the UAE's decision to start issuing entry permits, scores of residents in Abu Dhabi, Sharjah, and other emirates have begun planning a reunion with their families whom they haven't seen for months. On Thursday, the UAE government announced it has resumed issuing entry permits, except for work, starting from September 24. The Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship (ICA) said the resumption of issuing visas is within the framework of easing restrictions and strengthening the country's efforts towards supporting recovery plans of the country's economy. However, the issuance of work permits is still on hold at this stage. Dubai, which has its own immigration authority, began issuing visit visas in June. Tr...
Saudi Arabia suspends flights to and from India

Saudi Arabia suspends flights to and from India

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NEW DELHI: The General Authority of Civil Aviation (GACA) of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has suspended all flights to and from India in wake of the increasing number of Covid-19 cases here. Besides India, air travel to and from Brazil and Argentina has also been suspended by Saudi Arabia. (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); In an official statement, GACA said: "Saudi Arabia has suspended travel to and from India, Brazil, and Argentina; including any person who has been there 14 days prior to their proposed arrival in Saudi." However, passengers who have official government invitations have been excluded from this suspension. Saudi Arabia and the UAE host a significant Indian migrant population. More on Covid-19 Five days back, Air India Express...
Equal pay for men and women from today in UAE

Equal pay for men and women from today in UAE

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Women from the private sector welcomed the law as forward-looking and pro-women empowerment. A new law that will ensure equal pay for men and women in the private sector will come into effect in the UAE starting today. As per a new decree by the President, His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, women will be paid as much as men for the same job and wages will be determined by market standards and not gender. Article 32 of Federal Law No 08 of 1980 regarding the regulation of labour relations will be amended to the effect with the objective of reinforcing gender equality in terms of wages and salaries in the private sector. The Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation began the efforts for achieving gender equality in terms of wages by implementing a decree on A...
Reminder: Expired UAE visit visa deadline fast approaching

Reminder: Expired UAE visit visa deadline fast approaching

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1 of 12 Visit visa holders have a month from August 11 to exit the UAE without paying any fines. Image Credit: Gulf News 2 of 12 Read the announcement here: https://gulfnews.com/1.1597133949345 Image Credit: Gulf News 3 of 12 The ICA had shared details of the announcement through their social media accounts. Image Credit: Gulf News (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); 4 of 12 GDRFA had also shared the same announcement on its social media channels. Image Credit: Gulf News 5 of 12 Image Credit: Gulf News 6 of 12 What are the overstay fines for visit or tourist visas? Image Credit: Gulf News 7 of 12 Overstaying your visit visa can lead to a heavy penalty. Image Credit: 8 of 12 Residence visa holde...
Last day for expired UAE visit visas: How you can change your status to stay on

Last day for expired UAE visit visas: How you can change your status to stay on

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1 of 10 The deadline for expired visit visa holders will end on September 11. Read the announcement here: https://gulfnews.com/1.1598433359285 Image Credit: Gulf News 2 of 10 You can leave the UAE by September 11, without paying any fines. Image Credit: 3 of 10 Image Credit: Gulf News 4 of 10 If you are unable to leave the UAE, you have two options for changing status. Image Credit: Gulf News (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); 5 of 10 You would need to apply for an employment or residence visa or another visit visa. Image Credit: Gulf News 6 of 10 You would also need to pay change status fee. Image Credit: Gulf News 7 of 10 The fee is implemented as you are not exiting the UAE and re-entering. Image C...
Dh750,000 fine waived as Indian expat in Sharjah is set to fly home after 20 years

Dh750,000 fine waived as Indian expat in Sharjah is set to fly home after 20 years

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Sharjah: What’s in a name? Even a letter matters, says Thanavel Mathiazhaagan, an Indian worker in the UAE who is set to return home after being granted a waiver of nearly Dh750,000 in overstay fines. The man from the Indian state of Tamil Nadu claims that he could not avail amnesty opportunities in the UAE in the last 20 years as his identity verification was not cleared from India due to a mismatch in his father’s name in documents back home and that shown in his passport. As it turns out, there was a spelling error in his father's name in the documents in India. Mathiazhaagan, 56, said he himself realised this (the reason for not getting the clearance) only after his latest request for repatriation was taken up by two social workers in the UAE after he sought their help to return
What does Dubai’s new flexible-working law mean for UAE parents?

What does Dubai’s new flexible-working law mean for UAE parents?

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Everything you need to know about getting a work permit and work visa in UAE

Everything you need to know about getting a work permit and work visa in UAE

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To work in the UAE, your first step is getting a work permit. It starts with finding a job, which can be done through classified sites such as Getthat.com Now this works in three ways: You could be hired from overseas; You are in the UAE on a visit/tourist visa and find a job; or Already have a job but are moving to another company. Don’t worry, it’s not complicated. It’s quite simple. Let us help you better understand the process: The process begins with what is called a ‘work permit’ from the Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation (MoHRE). The company/organization that has hired you has to bring you in on this permit/employment entry first, following which they will convert it into a residency visa. The wo