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Dubai traveller caught with heroin hidden in tea bags at airport

Dubai traveller caught with heroin hidden in tea bags at airport

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A 21-year-old man has stood trial at the Dubai Court of First Instance after being caught with more than 1kg of heroin - hidden in bags of green tea - at the emirate's airport. He was charged with possession of illegal drugs and smuggling. The Pakistani man arrived at Dubai International Airport on November 7 last year on a visit visa, the court heard. A customs inspector, who was on duty at 4am on the day of the incident, said: "The defendant's luggage looked suspicious because of its abnormal volume. The accused was then stopped and his bags were searched." Three bags of green tea were found. "We opened the tea bags and found another bag in which there was heroin." The traveller was then referred to the Dubai Police anti-narcotics department. He was arrested and has since...
UAE-India legal deal: Everything expats need to know

UAE-India legal deal: Everything expats need to know

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India's decision to declare UAE as a reciprocating territory for the Civil Procedure Code will deter debtors from absconding after committing fraud, the head of the Indian mission in Dubai told Khaleej Times on Monday, January 20. On Saturday, January 18, the Indian Ministry of Law and Justice issued a gazette notification declaring the UAE as a reciprocating territory for the Code of Civil Procedure and identifying superior courts in the country, which in turn helps facilitating the execution of UAE civil court orders through Indian courts. Following the ruling, legal experts and lawyers have welcomed the order, and have said the new rule gives a strong message to defaulters of loans. 'Finer details to become clear over time' However, the finer details of how the rule will be
Want to bring a nanny to UAE? Here’s how

Want to bring a nanny to UAE? Here’s how

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Q1-My wife is set to deliver our first child in March. I wish to bring a nanny from my hometown in India temporarily to the UAE. Ideally, I would want the nanny to stay with us for three months. But I have been advised that it's illegal for visit visa holders to work in the UAE. What is the legal process to do this?  Answer: An expatriate holding a residence visa in the UAE may obtain visa for domestic worker provided that such an individual has a salary not less than Dh6,000 per month or a monthly salary of Dh5,000 with accommodation. If you qualify for the aforesaid criteria, you may apply for the residence visa of the prospective domestic worker. As a sponsor, if you are employed with a federal entity, you will have to file your salary certificate in Arabic and in case of p
Moving houses, renting a car? Dubai issues new rules

Moving houses, renting a car? Dubai issues new rules

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Dubai's Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) on Thursday issued rules for regulating road transport and car rental activities in Dubai, which is aimed at regulating the transportation of passengers, goods, valuables, packages, foodstuff and furniture by specialised companies. The resolution also regulates the rental of buses, trucks, recreational vehicles, motorcycles and bicycles. "The issuance of this decision is part of a plan for leveraging road transport and streamlining vehicle rental activities in the emirate. The overall objective is to regulate the practicing of such activities in this vibrant city," said Sultan Al Marzooqi, Director of Commercial Transport Activities at RTA's Licensing Agency. "The decision clearly defines the roles of RTA's Licensing Agency in this r...
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...
Designation on visa is actual position

Designation on visa is actual position

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I have received an offer letter from a company based in Dubai, in which my profession is mentioned as ‘accountant’, but in the visa provided, it is ‘archives clerk’. Is there any problem with this anomaly? Will this cause any problem if I want to apply for the sponsorship of my wife? My salary is Dh4,000. It is understood that you have now received an offer of employment from your prospective employer in Dubai who mentioned your designation of an ‘accountant’ in the offer letter and subsequently, they have provided you a visa where your designation is mentioned to be that of an ‘archives clerk’. Pursuant to your question, it may be advised that owing to the difference in the designations, you may not have to face any difficulties, as the position mentioned in your visa shall be you
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...
Pay Dh400 for not buckling up, driving with kid in front seat in UAE

Pay Dh400 for not buckling up, driving with kid in front seat in UAE

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You will be slapped a Dh400 fine and four black points if you fail to fasten the seat belt while driving or let a child sit in the front seat of your vehicle, the Sharjah and Fujairah Police have warned. The warning has been widely circulated by the police departments under a social media campaign to reduce accidents and raise road safety awareness. A top Sharjah Police official said that during the last two years, the two traffic violations (mentioned above) have reduced by almost 60 per cent. However, the patrols have noticed that many motorists are of late ignoring compliance of the seat belt rule. 'The cameras have also recently caught many drivers allowing children to sit in the front seats of their cars.' He said that the Sharjah Police are zeroing in on motorists who co...
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...