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Does your real estate company in Dubai charge fees for Ejari renewal?

Does your real estate company in Dubai charge fees for Ejari renewal?

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I stay in a one-bedroom apartment in Dubai, and my annual rent is Dh50,000. However, my real estate company charges Dh2,000 as 'admin charges' every year for contract renewal. This clause is mentioned in the contract between me and the real estate company. However, there is no such thing in the Ejari. I recall reading your advice that annual 'commission' to real estate firms is illegal. Are 'admin charges' illegal, too? It's just a fancy name for commission, in my opinion. Which authority should I approach to raise this issue? And how do I go about it? It may be noted that the real estate company which manages your tenancy should not collect a commission for the renewal of your tenancy contract every year. However, the real estate company may charge a reasonable amount as adminis...
How much money can you transfer from India to UAE?

How much money can you transfer from India to UAE?

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Q-I have taken out loans in the UAE, and intend to repay them by selling off my property in India. Can I transfer the proceeds from the sale of a property in India to the UAE? Are there any restrictions imposed by the government of India on the amount of funds that can be transferred? Do I have to take permission from the Reserve Bank of India and the Central Bank of UAE? A-It is assumed that you are a non-resident Indian (NRI) currently residing in the UAE and the property which you intend to sell is located in India. Among the applicable policies are the Foreign Exchange Management Act of 1999 (Fema); the regulations of the Foreign Exchange Management (acquisition and transfer of immovable property in India) Regulations of 2000 read with Master Circular No. 4/2013-14; and the Fore...
New same-sex reproduction technique successful in mice

New same-sex reproduction technique successful in mice

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Using stem cells and gene editing, researchers in China have created mice born to same-sex parents.  Some of the mice had two biological mothers, with no paternal DNA. Others had two biological fathers, with no maternal DNA. Although the mice with two male parents only lived a few days, those with two mothers were healthy and went on to have children of their own. The new technique uses a type of embryonic stem cell from one parent, and the natural egg or sperm of the other. Other attempts to facilitate same-sex reproduction have focused on creating sperm with a mother's DNA or eggs with a father's. Gene editing helps bend the rules of reproduction in mammals "I was impressed by this study because it is technically challenging," said Kenneth Ka-Ho Lee, a stem cell biologist at the
Will insurance cover damages by rain? UAE law firm clarifies

Will insurance cover damages by rain? UAE law firm clarifies

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Damages to vehicles and properties caused by the ongoing record-breaking rain spell are generally covered under the UAE insurance policies unless it has been explicitly excluded in the agreement, legal experts have said. Sridhar Subbaraman, founder and owner of insureatoasis.com, said all automobile insurance cover damages caused by the rains. "In fact, all insurance companies have already scores of claims for damages caused either due to accidents following the rains or damage caused to the vehicle due to flooding and water seepage. The motor insurance policies generally sold here does cover loss and/or damage due to natural perils," Subbaraman told Khaleej Times. According to the Unified Motor Vehicle Insurance Policy, unless a weather pattern is declared a "natural disaster" b...
Five-year tourist visa announced in UAE for all nationalities

Five-year tourist visa announced in UAE for all nationalities

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1 of 9 Sheikh Mohammed makes announcement. 2 of 9 His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, on Monday announced that tourist visas in the UAE will now be issued for five years. 3 of 9 "Today, we change the system of issuing tourist visas in the country, to make the duration of the tourist visa for five-years, multiple uses, for all nationalities," Sheikh Mohammed tweeted. 4 of 9 "We received more than 21 million tourists annually, and we want to establish the UAE as an international tourist destination," he added. 5 of 9 The move comes in a bid to support the UAE's tourism economy, and affirm the country's position as a global tourist destination...
Sheikh Mohammed announces new 5-year Dubai plan, governance system

Sheikh Mohammed announces new 5-year Dubai plan, governance system

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A 50-goal plan for Dubai - which will be implemented in the next five years - has been approved by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, as he chaired the first meeting of the newly formed Dubai Council on Tuesday. Details of the comprehensive plan is set to be announced in 60 days. "There are 50 goals in the plan that we will include in the performance agreements of directors general. We will implement what we announce though our work team - or the team will be changed," Sheikh Mohammed tweeted. ترأست اليوم الاجتماع الأول لمجلس دبي .. اعتمدنا تطوير خطة من خمسين هدفاً لدبي خلال الخمسة أعوام القادمة سنعلنها خلال ٦٠ يوم . خمسين هدفا في الخطة سنضمنها في اتفاقيات الأداء الخاصة بمدراء العموم . ما نعلنه سننف
Are you eligible to work in the UAE? Find out.

Are you eligible to work in the UAE? Find out.

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Have a query on your UAE visa? Here is how you can raise it with the right authority

Have a query on your UAE visa? Here is how you can raise it with the right authority

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‘How and when can my employer deduct my salary in the UAE?’

‘How and when can my employer deduct my salary in the UAE?’

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Reader gets electricity bill shocker: Dh15,000 for two months, Dubai resident asks questions

Reader gets electricity bill shocker: Dh15,000 for two months, Dubai resident asks questions

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Picture used for illustrative purposes only Image Credit: Stock image Gulf News reader complains: I rented a townhouse in Jumeirah Village Circle last year, and recently I received a bill from Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (Dewa) of Dh15,000 for two months. That is shocking as my monthly bill does not exceed Dh4,000. I requested Dewa to check and they visited my house and found out that a tool inside the water tank stopped working, which is why the water drained out without being consumed and the leakage was 1,000 gallons of water per hour due to the breakdown. Now, due to this breakdown, I received a bill of Dh15,000 for two months. My question is that, is my landlord not legally expected to pay this bill as it is not my fault...