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Why Dubai is a top health tourism hub despite Covid challenges

Why Dubai is a top health tourism hub despite Covid challenges

UAE NEWS
An increasing number of visitors around the world are travelling to Dubai for medical reasons.Prior to the pandemic, Dubai had projected that about 500,000 people would visit the emirate this year to avail of its health tourism facilities. An increasing number of visitors around the world are travelling to Dubai for medical reasons and some are making their travel plans following the emirate’s lifting of pandemic-related entry restrictions for tourists and visitors. The Dubai government has put out its best foot forward to contain the pandemic. Contrary to the rest of the world, Dubai is on the path to recovery at a rapid clip. The exemplary actions of the government have allowed the UAE to be ranked as one of the safest nations during the pandemic. It is the leading country i
UAE: You may be deported for working on a visit visa

UAE: You may be deported for working on a visit visa

UAE NEWS
Question: I am in Dubai on a visit visa. I have renewed my visa twice in the hope of finding a job. My daughter, who is 19 years old, is here on a visit visa, too. She is trying to find a part-time job to support herself. Is it legal for students on visit visas to work in the UAE? Answer: Pursuant to your query, it may be noted that the provisions of Federal Law No. (6) of 1973 Concerning Immigration and Residence as amended by virtue of Law No. (7) of 1985; Law No. (13) of 1996; and Federal Decree - Law No. (17) of 2017 (the Immigration Law) are applicable. Further, the provisions of the Federal Law No. (8) of 1980 Regulating Employment Relations in the UAE (the Employment Law) may be applicable as well. At the outset, it should be noted that it is illegal to work in the UAE withou...
Coronavirus: UAE reports 3,407 Covid-19 cases, 3,168 recoveries, 7 deaths

Coronavirus: UAE reports 3,407 Covid-19 cases, 3,168 recoveries, 7 deaths

UAE NEWS
More than 23 million tests have been carried out across the country so far. The UAE Ministry of Health and Prevention on Friday reported 3,407 cases of the Covid-19 coronavirus, along with 3,168 recoveries. Seven deaths were also reported. As many as new 131,262 Covid-19 tests were carried out, taking the total number of tests carried out in the country to more than 23 million so far. The total number of cases in UAE as on January 15 stand at 246,376 while total recoveries are 218,988. Death toll rises to 733. More than 22.9 million tests have been carried out across the country so far. "الصحة" تجري 131,262 فحصاً ضمن خططها لتوسيع نطاق الفحوصات وتكشف عن 3,407 إصابات جديدة بفيروس #كورونا المستجد، و3,168 حالة شفاء و7 حالات وفاة خلال الساعات الـ 24 الماضية. #وام pic.t
Dubai Announces New Mandatory Quarantine Rules

Dubai Announces New Mandatory Quarantine Rules

UAE NEWS
The Dubai Health Authority (DHA) has announced that the isolation or “quarantine period” for certain COVID-19 patients and close contact cases has been reduced to 10 days from the initial 14-day period. This applies to individuals who have come in close contact with a confirmed COVID-19 case but did not develop any symptoms. Dubai Orders Mandatory 10-Day Quarantine for Residents who had Recent Contact with Confirmed COVID-19 The health authority explained that the shortened isolation period is applicable to COVID-19 patients who have been asymptomatic since testing positive. The reduced isolation period also applies to patients with mild cases of COVID-19 who have fully recovered from their symptoms – without the use of fever-reducing medications. Meanwhile, those who have been hospi
UAE expat in Covid quarantine first Mahzooz millionaire of 2021

UAE expat in Covid quarantine first Mahzooz millionaire of 2021

UAE NEWS
'My first priority is to put some money aside for my family’s future.' Fujairah resident Seng-Boon Koo was the only winner to claim the massive second prize of Dh1,000,000 in Saturday night’s Mahzooz draw. The married father of four received the good news, under mandatory quarantine, whilst visiting his family in his native Singapore. “I was in total disbelief when I got the email,” said Koo. “As I am in Singapore and there is a 4-hour time difference, I was asleep by the time draw show took place. When I woke up and checked my phone and I saw Dh1 million in my Winnings Balance, my heart skipped a beat. In fact, maybe not just one beat but quite a few!” Koo, a 45-year-old HSE Specialist, is a regular p
UAE residents who’ve been abroad for over 6 months can return by March 31

UAE residents who’ve been abroad for over 6 months can return by March 31

UAE NEWS, WORLD NEWS
All they need is a valid resident visa and an approval from GDRFA. UAE residents who have been outside the country for more than six months can now return by March 31, 2021. That’s according to the website of Dubai’s budget carrier flydubai that was updated on January 4. All residents need is a valid resident visa and an approval from the General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs - Dubai (GDRFA). In a message to passengers, the website stated: “If you hold a UAE resident visa and have stayed outside of the country for more than 180 days, you will be allowed to enter the UAE until 31 March 2021.” Meanwhile, Air India Express (AIE), the budget airline of India’s national carrier, on its Twitter account also posted: “Passengers, who have stayed outside Dubai for
Indian expat wins 39cr jackpot in UAE

Indian expat wins 39cr jackpot in UAE

INDIA NEWS, UAE NEWS
KOCHI: A Keralite expat won 20 million dirhams (approximatel .. KOCHI: A Keralite expat won 20 million dirhams (approximately Rs 39 crore) in a monthly lottery in the United Arab Emirates. Abdussalam N V (28), who runs a shopping centre in Muscat won the raffle, the first draw of this year. Though the Kozhikode native won the Big Ticket Abu Dhabi draw on Sunday, he came to know about it only after a day as the organizers of the raffle could not locate him and break the news. The organizers even approached community members to reach out to Abdussalam. Later, he came to know about the win from his friend. He told a newspaper in the UAE over the phone from Muscat that he would share the prize amount with his friends who were part of drawing the ticket.  Source of content: Times Of
Pakistani expats are informed to comply with UAE social media laws

Pakistani expats are informed to comply with UAE social media laws

UAE NEWS
Residents who post insulting and defamatory comments online face imprisonment and fines of up to Dh500,000. Pakistan’s diplomatic missions in the UAE have asked its countrymen to abide by local laws while using social media. The Embassy of Pakistan in Abu Dhabi and the Consulate General of Pakistan, Dubai, advised their nationals living in the Emirates to avoid engaging in activities that violate the UAE’s community and social media laws. “The Consulate General of Pakistan, Dubai, advises Pakistani community members in Dubai and the Northern Emirates to abide by the local laws of host country and respective states of the UAE in using social media,” it said in an advisory through social media channels. “Out of context social media activity should be avoided and any issue/probl
Stranded Indian expats in UAE to get free stay

Stranded Indian expats in UAE to get free stay

INDIA NEWS, UAE NEWS
Indian expats from Saudi Arabia and Kuwait, who are currently stranded in United Arab Emirates (UAE) in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic-induced travel restrictions, are set to get free accommodation, a media report said on Friday. The expats, around 300 of them and mostly from Kerala, took an indirect route of flying via the UAE to Saudi Arabia and Kuwait since there were no direct flights from India, said the Gulf News report. According to the report, they were caught off guard with the news about flight suspensions in Saudi Arabia and Kuwait, after completing a 14-day mandatory quarantine in the UAE. Dubai Markaz Centre's volunteers' wing Indian Cultural Foundation (ICF) tied up with construction firm Aasa Group to arrange the free accommodation and food. Reacting to the d...

IMPORTANT UPDATE! Companies May Have to Pay Dh150,000 for Denying Health Insurance to Staff in UAE

UAE NEWS
Know the law in the UAE. Question: I have been on unpaid leave since May 2020 and my employer wants to extend it until the end of December 2020. He has also mentioned that it might be extended until the end of quarter 1 of 2021. Besides, he did not renew my health insurance since May 2020 even though I am still employed by the company. How long can an employer extend an unpaid leave? What should I do get my health insurance? Answer: We assume that you are employed by a mainland company based in the emirate of Dubai and further assume that you have been put on unpaid leave due to Covid-19. Therefore the provisions of Ministerial Resolution No. (279) of 2020 concerning the employment stability in establishments of the private sector during the application of precautionary measures...