UAE NEWS

Working on a holiday? Employees to be paid 150% of salary

Working on a holiday? Employees to be paid 150% of salary

GULF NEWS, UAE NEWS
It is also prescribed in the Employment Law that the daily hours of work are to be designed by the concerned employer in a manner that employees are not required to work for more than five hours at a stretch I am working as a saleswoman in a laundry shop on a limited contract since May 2015. Recently the company transferred me to their shop in a mall. The company is forcing me to work during public holidays without compensation. When I objected to it, the company threatened me with termination. I told the management that they can terminate me for not working on public holidays and I will seek assistance from the Ministry of Labour. To add to it, my working time is from 9am to 9pm. Although the actual timing is 9am to 1pm and 4pm to 9pm, as it is a shopping mall, I cannot take a br...
Video: 12-year-old Dubai-based Indian girl sings 102 songs in 6 hours

Video: 12-year-old Dubai-based Indian girl sings 102 songs in 6 hours

GULF NEWS, INDIA NEWS, UAE NEWS
She started singing around 4pm and finished by 10.30pm It was the perfect gift twelve-year-old Suchetha Satish could give her country on the eve of the Indian Republic Day by breaking the world record of singing in over 100 languages at a concert held at the Indian Consulate Auditorium, Dubai on Thursday evening. Twelve year old Indian High School student Suchetha Satish left the audience spellbound as she took to the stage fluently singing song after song in different languages and made the transition look super smooth. She began singing at 4.10pm and tirelessly finished her non-stop singing marathon by 10.30pm. The grade seven student sang for over six hours and covered almost all European languages, 26 Indian languages, several other South American languages and South East Asian lan...
Dh20,000 fine, jail for hunting stone-curlews in UAE

Dh20,000 fine, jail for hunting stone-curlews in UAE

GULF NEWS, UAE NEWS
MoCCAE warns against hunting stone-curlews to preserve ecological balance. The Ministry of Climate Change and Environment, MoCCAE, has issued a warning against using electronic devices that mimic bird calls to lure stone-curlews in the UAE, imposing a fine of up to Dh20,000 and jail time for violators, wam reported on Thursday. The move follows the increase in hunting of the rare bird species during its winter migration through the country that poses a threat to its reproduction. The UAE has adopted legislations and launched several initiatives for the conservation of rare and endangered bird species. Sultan Alwan, Assistant Under-Secretary for the Regions Sector at MoCCAE, said, "The ministry has recently noticed that some people use electronic devices that imitate the voice of the...
I shall live on their memories: Mother who lost 7 kids in Fujairah fire

I shall live on their memories: Mother who lost 7 kids in Fujairah fire

LIFE, UAE NEWS, WORLD NEWS
Grandmothers and mothers in the area offer condolences to the distressed mother. In response to a call from the Ras Al Khaimah Sports and Cultural Club, mothers, grandmothers and educators have offered condolences to the distressed mother who lost her seven kids in a recent fire at Rol Didana area. All seven children of Salima Al Saridi were suffocated to death after the room the kids were sleeping in caught fire and was filled with heavy smoke in Fujairah. The agonised mother, in her thirties, said she could do nothing but accept her fate and surrender to her destiny. "To Allah we belong, and to Him is our return," she said. "I shall live on their memories, and recall their words in which they were bidding her farewell." They used to tell me that they wish to join their late fat...
VAT in UAE: New online calculator to check authenticity of tax invoice

VAT in UAE: New online calculator to check authenticity of tax invoice

GCC News, Information, UAE NEWS
The Federal Tax Authority (FTA) on Tuesday launched a Tax Registration Number (TRN) verification service on its website, where consumers can check the authenticity of tax invoices and ensure that the merchants and service providers issuing them are registered with the FTA. The Authority also debuted the VAT Calculator, which allows consumers and service recipients to instantly calculate the Value Added Tax (VAT) due on their purchases of goods or services. This, in turn, makes it possible for the public to remain aware of their rights and ensures full transparency. Sarah Al-Habshi, director of Tax Compliance and Enforcement at the Federal Tax Authority, said that the new services were part of the Authority's efforts to protect consumers and prevent any attempts at price manipulat...
Best spots to watch Dubai Shopping Festival closing fireworks

Best spots to watch Dubai Shopping Festival closing fireworks

GCC News, GULF NEWS, UAE NEWS
Here are the timings. Al Seef, La Mer and The Beach will simultaneously mark the end of the 23rd edition of Dubai Shopping Festival (DSF) with a spectacular firework show on January 27, Tuesday. Throughout the month-long shopping festival, the destinations have been offering spellbinding experiences that included mega prizes, breathtaking fireworks displays every weekend, and a variety of family-friendly and entertainment activities such as, African drummers, carnival stilt walkers, LED butterflies, amongst others. On the culminating day of the festival, the three destinations will give a fitting farewell to a thrilling month of great deals and big wins with their biggest fireworks display of the Festival. The extended spectacle will take place as a momentous finale for the visitors...
‘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?

Information, UAE NEWS
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...