UAE NEWS

Over 1.3 million Haj pilgrims arrive in Makkah

Over 1.3 million Haj pilgrims arrive in Makkah

UAE NEWS
Over 1.3 million Haj pilgrims have already made their way to the holy city of Makkah. August 11 (Zul Hijjah 10) has been declared as the first day of Eid, which means Haj starts on August 9 (Zul Hijjah 8). For the pilgrims already in Makkah, August 2 marked the last Friday they would spend in the holy city. The Grand Mosque was packed to the brim. Many pilgrims stayed put at the mosque after the Fajr prayer at 4.30am. They spent over eight hours at the mosque for the Friday prayers. It was a very slow crawl back home for the pilgrims, as policemen, soldiers and volunteers worked overtime to manage them. The pilgrims will mark the next Friday prayers in the tent city of Mina. Source: Content retrieved from: https://www.khaleejtimes.com/region/saudi-arabia/over-13-mi...
Help bring missing Sharjah teen back home

Help bring missing Sharjah teen back home

UAE NEWS
The family is desperately waiting for any shred of information about his whereabouts. Mohammed Perwez, a 15-year-old schoolboy, has been missing from his Sharjah home since July 4. His mother hasn't slept or eaten in days, his father is anxious, his sisters are nervous. The family is desperately waiting for any shred of information about his whereabouts. His distraught father, Mohammed Aftab Alam, says: "What will we do if something happens to him?" "He could be wearing either a blue T-shirt or a white kandoora," said the boy's father Mohammad Aftab Alam. You could help reunite the teenager with his family. If you have any information about him, you should immediately call the police on 80040/ 065943210. Help spread the message. #BringPerwezHome. Ramping up the search for the ...
Video: Passengers violently ejected from seats on turbulent flight

Video: Passengers violently ejected from seats on turbulent flight

UAE NEWS
The Boeing 777-200 was carrying 269 passengers and 15 crew members. At least 37 people were injured when an Air Canada flight from Vancouver to Sydney encountered sudden and severe turbulence, the airline said. Flight AC33 was diverted to Honolulu's international airport at around 6.46am on Thursday morning, reports the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC). Air Canada spokesperson Peter Fitzpatrick said 35 people sustained minor injuries. That number was later updated to 37 by emergency officials in Honolulu. The Boeing 777-200 was carrying 269 passengers and 15 crew members and was about two hours past Hawaii when it hit "severe clear air" turbulence, Fitzpatrick said. The turbulence happened at 10,973 metres (36,000 feet) about 966 km southwest of Honolulu, said US Federa...
UAE mobile court makes employer pay workers’ salaries on the spot

UAE mobile court makes employer pay workers’ salaries on the spot

UAE NEWS
The team ensured that all the workers' pending salaries were paid. Judicial authorities in Abu Dhabi have resolved a dispute between a number of workers and their employer which had resulted from the delay in paying their salaries. Using the mobile bus court, a special team from the Abu Dhabi Labour Court and other officials went to the workers' accommodation and managed to settle the dispute "very quickly". The team ensured that all the workers' pending salaries were paid on the spot. Authorities did not reveal the number of workers involved in the dispute. Meanwhile, the Abu Dhabi Judicial Department (ADJD) said on Monday that it has conducted awareness campaigns targeting 22,000 labourers at the Workers Village in the Musaffah area. Abu Dhabi Labour Court resolves a collec...
Dubai to offer free 30-day alcohol licence for tourists

Dubai to offer free 30-day alcohol licence for tourists

UAE NEWS
The free alcohol tourist licence is valid only to visitors who are non-Muslim and 21 years and over. The Emirate of Dubai is now offering a free 30-day alcohol licence for tourists, a move that ensures visitors will not be penalised for breaking the law. Alcohol retail outlet Maritime and Mercantile International (MMI), a subsidiary of the Emirates Group, has a separate segment on its website instructing tourists on the process of applying for the license. The free alcohol tourist licence is valid only to visitors who are non-Muslim and 21 years and over. Tourists are instructed to visit any MMI store with your original passport and complete and sign a form confirming that the buyer is a tourist. Furthermore, the store will take a copy of the passport as well as the entry stamp and...
Eid Al Adha likely to fall on August 11

Eid Al Adha likely to fall on August 11

UAE NEWS
The new moon of the lunar month of Zul Hijjah is expected to be on August 1. Eid Al Adha is likely to fall on Sunday, August 11, according to the International Astronomical Centre (IAC) in Abu Dhabi. Eng Mohammed Shawkat, Director of the Centre, said there will be no dispute over the sighting of the Helal or new moon of the lunar month of Zul Hijjah. "Most Arab and Islamic centres will be able to easily and clearly see the new moon of Zul Hijjah by naked eyes and telescopes," he said. As is the case every year, Saudi Arabia will announce the sighting of the new moon of Zul Hijjah and "most countries will approve this sighting which is linked to the season of Haj or pilgrimage." He added that most Arab and Muslim countries will sight the Helal of Zul Hijjah on Thursday, August ...
Pakistani teen’s family visits Texas school where she died

Pakistani teen’s family visits Texas school where she died

UAE NEWS
Sabika Aziz Sheikh was one of 10 people killed in a mass shooting at a Texas high school last year. The family of a Pakistani exchange student who was one of 10 people killed in a mass shooting at a Texas high school last year travelled to the US and visited the school and community this week, wanting to learn more about the nine months she had spent there, including her final moments. Sabika Aziz Sheikh's father, three siblings and cousin entered the Santa Fe High School art classroom where the 17-year-old was shot as she hid with other students in a storage closet. Her mother, Farah Naz, couldn't bring herself to take the final steps into the room, explaining in Urdu through an interpreter that the image "would stay with me … throughout my whole life." Although the family knew the
Filipinos need to meet this to work in UAE

Filipinos need to meet this to work in UAE

OFW, UAE NEWS
The program is spearheaded by the central bank of the Republic of the Philippines. The Philippines government has introduced a new programme for Overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) that will require them to attend a financial literacy seminar. This will make it mandatory for Filipinos aspiring to work in the UAE and other foreign countries to undergo training on managing their finances, under the Pinanysal na Talino at Kaalaman (PiTaKa) programme. The programme is spearheaded by the central bank of the Republic of the Philippines, Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP), in partnership with Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) and the BDO Foundation. The programme will be a part of the Pre-Departure Orientation Seminar and Post-Arrival Orientation Seminar of OFWs who will ...
No one has the right to insult you in UAE

No one has the right to insult you in UAE

UAE NEWS
You may initiate a criminal complaint against the person who used abusive language against you and other employees. At my workplace, we have a senior manager who swears at us during meetings when he is disappointed. I understand that our work is very stressful, but does that give him the right to insult his colleagues? I would like to know how to file a complaint against him. I do not have any recording of his swearing or insults, but my colleagues can stand witness. Pursuant to your queries, an employer should not abuse his employees at the workplace as abusing any individual in the UAE is a criminal offence. This is in accordance with Article 374 of the Federal Law No. 3 of 1987 in issuance of Penal Code of UAE. It states: "Punishment by detention for a period not exceeding six month...
Dubai bus crash: Families devastated, survivors horrified

Dubai bus crash: Families devastated, survivors horrified

UAE NEWS
The tragedy that claimed 17 lives was one of the worst in Dubai. The extended Eid Al Fitr holiday turned tragic for friends and families of 17 individuals who had lost their loved ones in one of the worst traffic accidents the UAE has witnessed in recent times. Devastated families and friends who lost their loved ones in an accident spent Thursday night and Friday morning attempting to identify the mortal remains of their loved ones at the Forensics Department, Dubai Police Headquarters. Till Friday evening, 13 victims were identified by their relatives. Survivors recounted the horror - the screams of the victims, blood-splattered seats, body parts strewn around, as the kin of the deceased wept for their loved ones, their lives torn to shreds by the bus accident. Twelve of the de...