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12 Tips for Managing Money in Times of COVID-19

12 Tips for Managing Money in Times of COVID-19

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In an earlier post, we shared some practical tips for saving money as an expat in Dubai. Due to the current health crisis, however, we may have to re-think our financial management ways. Whether we like it or not, the local as well as global economy is affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Many businesses have closed, some people have had their salaries reduced, while others have unfortunately been laid off. Indeed, everyone is struggling financially. Still, there are some things that we can do to manage the situation and emerge stronger than ever before! How to Manage Your Money Amid the Current Global Crisis In light of the current circumstances, here are some money management tips that all of us can do to survive — and endure — in times of COVID-19: 1. Re-evaluate your budget.
13 Banned Items in Your Check-in Luggage at Dubai Airports

13 Banned Items in Your Check-in Luggage at Dubai Airports

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Will you be traveling outside the country soon? If so, be careful what you put inside your luggage, as it might be banned when you have checked in through Dubai International Airport. On Twitter, the Dubai Police has just released a list of items that you shouldn’t pack into your luggage when traveling outside the UAE. Please take note that this is different from the list of items that are banned from being brought into the country. What NOT to Pack When Flying Outside Dubai For safety reasons, there are some items that are obviously banned in most airports, like chemicals, flammable liquids, and the like. On the other hand, some items, though seemingly harmless, may also be banned (or restricted) — like liquids in high quantities, for example. So while you may be tempted t
Employment Fines And Job Dismissal In UAE

Employment Fines And Job Dismissal In UAE

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Good Day UAE Expats: Article 120 of UAE Labour Law lists clauses when employer may enforce these penalties. UAE’s new labour regulations ensure that employees are treated fairly, with strict enforcement encouraging businesses in the country to protect the rights of their workers. However, there are certain cases where an employer may fine or even dismiss an employee for misconduct and breach of duties, and it is important for all employees to understand the circumstances when these penalties can be imposed. According to Article 102 of the UAE Labour Law, there are 7 disciplinary rules that an employee should be aware of. These include: A warning. A fine. Suspension with reduced pay for a period not exceeding 10 days. Deprivation from or deferment of periodi
FILIPINOS GET WARNED! NEVER EVER USE YOUR PASSPORT TO BAIL OUT FRIENDS!

FILIPINOS GET WARNED! NEVER EVER USE YOUR PASSPORT TO BAIL OUT FRIENDS!

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The Philippine Consulate General in Dubai has sent out a warning to all Filipinos to not use passports as a guarantee to bail out friends and relatives caught in legal trouble in the UAE. The consulate held that the passport is the property of the Philippine government and must be used with care, as reported by Expat Media. As a matter of fact, the consulate has reportedly received cases where Philippine passports could no longer be claimed back from authorities because the people who used it as bail went hiding. The consulate further noted that this practice creates problems for the passport holder, like delays in the renewal of passport or the processing of new employment visas.Content retrieved from: https://www.the-wau.com/post/ofwphili/filipinos-get-warned-never-ever-use-your...
Now, Abu Dhabi residents can pay traffic fines in installments without interest

Now, Abu Dhabi residents can pay traffic fines in installments without interest

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To avail of the service, drivers must have credit cards issued by one of these banks. Abu Dhabi motorists can now pay traffic fines in interest-free installments for one whole year. In a statement issued on Wednesday, the Abu Dhabi Police said the initiative, which allows drivers with traffic fines to pay them in parts as per their affordability, is being carried out in cooperation with five banks in the UAE. These include; Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank (ADCB), Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank (ADIB), First Abu Dhabi Bank (FAB), Mashreq Al Islami and Emirates Islamic Bank. To avail of the service, drivers must have credit cards issued by one of these banks. A motorist has to contact the bank directly, within a period not exceeding two weeks from the date of being booked, to request for paymen...
Is keeping dogs allowed in Islam or not?

Is keeping dogs allowed in Islam or not?

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According to Islam, a dog may be kept out side the house for useful purposes like guarding, hunting, leading a blind person, sniffing narcotics, detecting explosives etc Is keeping dogs, whether they are harmful or not, advised or prohibited in Islam? What about killing homeless ones? Or should only mad dogs, or the ones that could be contagious or harmful be done away with? Does dog saliva contain germs? In the wake of recent repeated attacks by street dogs on people and livestock here in Ras Al Khaimah, these questions are on top of everyone's minds. A pack of stray dogs attacked the animal barn of an Emirati national in the Ghalilah area, leaving eight cows dead and nine others badly hurt. In Umm Al Quwain, a pack of 20 dogs set upon Omar Ramadan, a seven-year-old Egyptian bo...
Coronavirus: UAE reports 365 Covid-19 cases, 115 recoveries, 2 deaths

Coronavirus: UAE reports 365 Covid-19 cases, 115 recoveries, 2 deaths

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More than six million Covid-19 tests have been carried out in the country so far. The UAE Ministry of Health and Prevention on Tuesday reported 365 cases of the Covid-19 coronavirus, along with 115 recoveries. Two deaths were also reported. More than six million Covid-19 tests have been carried out in the country so far. Meanwhile, a remote emergency control center using CCTV cameras has been rolled out in Abu Dhabi to monitor businesses and shoppers violating Covid-19 guidelines, including failure to maintain social distancing. The Department of Economic Development - Abu Dhabi has announced that the Smart Emergency and Control Room has been launched for remote inspection and monitoring of economic establishments in cooperation with the Monitoring and Control Center in order...
BREAKING: UAE Extends Visa Amnesty for 3 Months from 18th August 2020..Here is what you need to know!

BREAKING: UAE Extends Visa Amnesty for 3 Months from 18th August 2020..Here is what you need to know!

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The Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship (ICA) announced the extension of the residency for visa violators for another 3 months and these violators will also be exempted from Fines. Major General Saeed Rakan Al Rashidi, Director General of Foreigners Affairs and Ports at the Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship, stated that the extension starts from 18th August 2020 to 17th November 2020 for visa holders whose visa expired before 1st March 2020 and includes exemption from all fines incurred by them on condition of leaving the country .   Image: ICA UAE The authority said that this generous initiative was part of the series of national initiatives launched by the UAE and through which it has made focus the human element a priority in all its initiati...
UAE roads: The black point system explained

UAE roads: The black point system explained

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1 of 55 Depending on the seriousness of the traffic violation, police authorities can impose black points. Image Credit: 2 of 55 Black points explained Image Credit: 3 of 55 Image Credit: 4 of 55 A driving licence can get up to a maximum of 24 black points. Image Credit: 5 of 55 For repeat offenders, the case may be considered by a court. Image Credit: 6 of 55 You can also get your black points waived. Image Credit: 7 of 55 Which violations get the highest black points? Image Credit: 8 of 55 Violations that get 24 black points. Image Credit: 9 of 55 Violations that get 24 black points. Image Credit: 10 of 55 Violations that get 23 black points. Image Credit: 11 of 55 Violations that get 23 black points. Image Credit...
Dubai residents from India still need GDRFA approval to fly back to UAE, clarifies Air India Express

Dubai residents from India still need GDRFA approval to fly back to UAE, clarifies Air India Express

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Dubai: If you have a Dubai residence visa and are flying back to Dubai from India, you must have a return permit from the General Directorate of Residency and Foreign Affairs (GDRFA), the Indian budget airline Air India Express has clarified. However, residents returning to Abu Dhabi and Sharjah are permitted entry without approval from the Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship (ICA), it said, adding that ICA has recommended resident permit holders returning to the UAE to upload their data on uaeentry.ica.gov.ae so the authenticity of travel documents is verified. The clarification seeks to clear any confusion that travellers may have following earlier tweets by the airline. On Friday, Air India Express issued a tweet saying that as per the UAE aut