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‘White oil’: Saudi Arabia seeks place on tourism map

‘White oil’: Saudi Arabia seeks place on tourism map

UAE NEWS
Saudi Arabia is promoting sites such as the little-known Al Wahbah crater in a bid to kickstart tourism Gazing at a shimmering salt pan below, a group of first-time Saudi hikers descended craggy slopes into a volcanic crater, part of a hidden trove of natural wonders being promoted to kickstart tourism. Saudi Arabia will soon begin issuing tourist visas, opening up one of the last frontiers of global tourism - a sector touted as the Kingdom's "white oil" - as it steps up diversification efforts to wean itself off its crude oil dependence. Now in the midst of historic social change, the Kingdom is seeking a place on the global tourism map by promoting sites such as the Al Wahbah crater, widely unheard of even within Saudi Arabia with the near absence of local tourism. On a warm wi...
10 UAE office rules every employee should remember

10 UAE office rules every employee should remember

UAE NEWS
Know these disciplinary rules at workplace While you work in the UAE, being well-informed about labour laws certainly helps. It makes you aware about the office decorum that you need to follow. Awareness and understanding of the laws can go a long way in ensuring that you can steer clear of any disciplinary action at the workplace. What's more, if you are subjected to an unfair treatment by the employer, knowing the rules can come to your aid. DISCIPLINARY RULES Article 102 The disciplinary rules that may be inflicted by the employer or the representative shall be: 1 - Warning 2 - Fine 3 - Suspension with reduced pay for a period not exceeding ten days 4 - Deprivation from or deferment of periodic bonus in establishments containing a system for such bonuses 5 - ...
Tax-free no more: Saudi Arabia, UAE to roll out VAT next year

Tax-free no more: Saudi Arabia, UAE to roll out VAT next year

UAE NEWS
In Photo: In this December 20 photo, people take selfie with a giant Christmas tree at a shopping mall in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Residents in the traditionally tax-free haven of Dubai are preparing for higher prices when the government imposes a 5-percent value-added tax on most goods like food, gasoline and water and electricity bills starting January 1. Governments in oil-exporting Arab Gulf states are looking for new ways to boost revenue amid continued lower oil prices. Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE), which have long lured foreign workers with the promise of a tax-free lifestyle, plan to impose a 5-percent tax next year on most goods and services to boost revenue after oil prices collapsed three years ago. The value-added tax (VAT) will apply to a range...
Have Emirates ID service fees changed in UAE?

Have Emirates ID service fees changed in UAE?

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The Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship issues a clarification The Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship has denied changes in Emirates ID fees for services it offers. The authority issued a clarification after rumours circulated online regarding an increase in fees. The authority confirmed that the charges in exchange for its services, including issuing, renewal and replacing of ID cards are fixed in accordance with the two resolutions - Cabinet No 14 for 2005 and No (25) for 2011 - regarding the registration and issuing of ID cards for Emiratis and GCC citizens. As per the two cabinet resolutions, GCC citizens will be issued a five-year valid ID for Dh100, while validity for expatriates ID was connected with the number of years of residence and fixed at Dh100...
HAPPY INFO Expats! UAE New LABOR LAW Expected To BENEFIT Workers Under These 19 Job Categories

HAPPY INFO Expats! UAE New LABOR LAW Expected To BENEFIT Workers Under These 19 Job Categories

UAE NEWS
His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the President of the United Arab Emirates, as recently approved the Federal Law No. 10 of 2017. The law contains provisions on employment of domestic workers in the UAE, including provisions about labor contracts, working hours, vacation leaves, participation of recruitment agencies and settlement of disputes. What domestic workers are entitled to, according to the new law. Domestic workers: should be paid current month’s wages no later than the 10th of the following month. should be granted 12 hours per rest day, including 8 hours consecutive. should be given one day of paid rest per week. are entitled to 30 days of medical leave per year. should be provided medical insurance by employer. should be accorded with decent acco
‘UAE will not escalate tension with Qatar’

‘UAE will not escalate tension with Qatar’

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Military aircraft have switched to alternative routes to avoid future incidents of interception by Qatar UAE will not escalate the ongoing diplomatic crisis with Qatar in the best interest of the safety and security of the residents, a military official said on Tuesday. "The UAE Armed Forces will not escalate the current crisis with Qatar. We have instructions not to escalate," Brigadier General Hilal Saeed Al Qubaisi from the UAE military told reporters at a news conference held at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation in Abu Dhabi. He said the UAE military aircraft have switched to alternative routes over Saudi Arabia to avoid future incidents of interception by Qatar. Al Qubaisi disclosed four separate incidents where Qatar warplanes intercepted emirati...
Worker molests woman in Dubai while delivering water to her house

Worker molests woman in Dubai while delivering water to her house

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He claimed he unintentionally touched her because of the small space inside her kitchen. A water vendor, who allegedly sexually harassed a female customer while at her place to deliver a water bottle, was charged in a Dubai court on Tuesday. A complaint was registered on December 17, 2017, at Al Rashidiyah police station. The complainant, an air hostess from Costa Rica, accused the Pakistani vendor, 24, of touching her inappropriately. He denied a sexual harassment charge when his case was heard by the Court of First Instance. He claimed he unintentionally touched her because of the small space inside the kitchen. "It was 10am and I was at home alone as my husband was in Australia on a business trip. I telephoned the defendant who worked at a company that usually delivered water to ...
Emirati fined Dh2.2m for embezzling public funds

Emirati fined Dh2.2m for embezzling public funds

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He was in charge of issuing receipts for road tariffs imposed on lorries. A public employee, who was convicted of embezzling Dh2.2million he collected from the receipts of road tariffs but never handed over the cash to his employers, has been fined Dh2.2 million and jailed for three months. He has also been asked to pay back Dh2.2million he embezzled to the public department. The Federal Supreme Court in Abu Dhabi upheld earlier rulings by lower courts that handed down the sentence to the Emirati man after he was found guilty of embezzling public funds. Official court documents stated that the man who had been working with the department of public works in Al Dhaid since 2010, was in charge of issuing receipts for road tariffs imposed on lorries after collecting materials in the are...
Car pile-up clogs traffic on Dubai’s Sheikh Zayed Road

Car pile-up clogs traffic on Dubai’s Sheikh Zayed Road

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Motorists are advised to take alternative routes. Multi-vehicle accidents clogged Dubai's road on Tuesday morning. After a car pile-up on Al Yalays Road this morning, another collision involving six to seven cars took place on Sheikh Zayed Road - next to FAB (earlier known as FGB) metro station. The vehicles were going towards Sharjah. The accident choked traffic as emergency services and police immediately rushed to the site to clear up the road. Debris were scattered across all lanes of SZR. Dubai Police took to Twitter to inform residents about the accident: #حالة_الطرق#حادث اصطدام بين عدة مركبات على شارع الشيخ زايد بعد جسر أكاديمية شرطة دبي باتجاه دبي. — Dubai Policeشرطة دبي (@DubaiPoliceHQ) January 23, 2018 #TrafficUpdate A multi-vehicle #traffic #accident on SZ
Sheikh Hamdan snaps couple’s picture in New Zealand

Sheikh Hamdan snaps couple’s picture in New Zealand

UAE NEWS
Sheikh Hamdan kept his 6.1 million followers enthralled with his holiday pictures. Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Dubai Crown Prince and Chairman of the Dubai Executive Council, has been constantly updating his followers on Instagram about his current adventurous trips. From New Zealand, Scotland, Mongolia and London recently, Sheikh Hamdan has given his 6.1 million followers snaps which are a treat for the eyes. Whether it is skiing on snow-clad mountains in Aspen in Colorado, USA, or walking down London streets, or enjoying the wilderness in New Zealand, Sheikh Hamdan has posted his whereabouts on his official Instagram account @faz3. His followers are head over heels with his latest snap where he becomes a photographer for a couple in New Zealand. Sheikh Ham...