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UAE: Former company official cleared of Dh17 million fraud

UAE: Former company official cleared of Dh17 million fraud

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Court acquits defendant due to lack of evidence An Abu Dhabi-based drilling company has lost a court case, where it had accused its former general manager (GM) of embezzling more than Dh17 million (m) from the firm's bank account. In its lawsuit filed at the Abu Dhabi Court of First Instance, the company had alleged that the GM illegally took the cash from its bank account and disbursed it to unknown parties. The accused had denied the charges against him in court. His lawyer had presented to the court a defence memorandum, where she argued that the accusations -- both material and moral -- were baseless against her client and were malicious in intent. She found legal loopholes in the documents submitted to the court by the complainant, as they lacked sufficient evidence t...
UAE: Emirati, Indian expat from Oman win Dh1 million each in Mahzooz draw

UAE: Emirati, Indian expat from Oman win Dh1 million each in Mahzooz draw

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Winners match 5 out of 6 numbers in the 24th draw Two persons have become overnight millionaires after matching five out of six numbers in the 24th Mahzooz draw. Indian national Syam, and Sultan, an Emirati, became the sixth and seventh Mahzooz millionaires of the year and will take home Dh1 million (m) each. Syam, an Indian expatriate who has lived in Oman for the past 18 years, said: “I’ve never won before and I’ve had weeks where none of my numbers came good. I wasn’t able to watch the draw show this weekend, so I was surprised when I got an email saying I won. Then I saw the figure and couldn’t believe it; I went on YouTube, watched the draw, and confirmed the numbers.” The first thing that Syam did after becoming a millionaire was calling his wife. "My family is back in Indi
Covid: Some UAE firms ask unvaccinated staff to take PCR tests regularly

Covid: Some UAE firms ask unvaccinated staff to take PCR tests regularly

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Staff has to bear expenses for the test on their own, companies say Some UAE-based companies have been asking employees, who are yet to receive their Covid-19 jabs, to submit negative PCR test reports once a fortnight at their own expenses to ensure the health safety of other employees and clients. Senior officials in the private sector said that a large number of their employees have received Covid-19 jabs, and the rest would be administered the vaccine soon. “Flydubai continues to facilitate Covid-19 vaccines for its employees and complies with all government requirements,” the budget carrier’s spokesperson said in a statement. Abdul Salam KP, Group Executive Director of Malabar Gold and Diamonds, said around 60 per cent of his staff have received both the doses of a Covid-
Abu Dhabi exempts seven categories of people from COVID-19 vaccination

Abu Dhabi exempts seven categories of people from COVID-19 vaccination

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A COVID-19 vaccination centre in Abu Dhabi. The Abu Dhabi Emergency, Crisis and Disasters Committee, and Abu Dhabi health regulator, the Department of Health (DoH), detailed the exempt categories. Image Credit: Courtesy: SEHA Abu Dhabi: Abu Dhabi has approved seven categories of people who are exempt from having to get COVID-19 vaccinations in the UAE, but they must first officially apply for an exemption. The announcement was made on Tuesday, and includes people who have been vaccinated against COVID-19 in another country. The Abu Dhabi Emergency, Crisis and Disasters Committee, and Abu Dhabi health regulator, the Department of Health (DoH), detailed the exempt categories, urging those who wish to remain exempt from vaccination to visit an authorised medical centre in Abu Dhabi f...
Eid Al Fitr in UAE on Thursday, Shawwal moon not sighted

Eid Al Fitr in UAE on Thursday, Shawwal moon not sighted

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This means that UAE residents will enjoy the Eid holidays till Saturday. The Shawwal crescent was not sighted in the UAE on Tuesday. Therefore, Wednesday, May 12, will be the last day of the holy month of Ramadan, and the first day of Eid Al Fitr will be on Thursday, May 13. Eid prayer timings across UAE This means that UAE residents will enjoy the Eid holidays till Saturday. The five-day break began on Tuesday. Earlier this evening, Saudi Arabia, too, announced that the crescent had not been sighted. Mosques across the country will host Eid Al Fitr prayers on Thursday with strict Covid safety rules. Dubai issues guidelines for Eid prayer at mosques The total duration of the prayer, including the sermon, is limited to 15 minutes. Mosques and musallahs will open 15 minute...
Covid-19 vaccine in UAE: Exemption for pregnant women, six other categories

Covid-19 vaccine in UAE: Exemption for pregnant women, six other categories

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To receive an official exemption, the applicant needs to visit an authorised medical centre for medical evaluation. Pregnant women and recipients of Covid-19 vaccine outside the UAE are among the categories that have been exempted from vaccination, authorities in Abu Dhabi announced. The exemptions also apply to active Covid-19 patients, participants in vaccine clinical trials, and former Covid-19 patients following medical evaluation, as well as those who have previously had severe allergies to vaccines or components of vaccines, and those who have diseases that may be incompatible with the vaccine. The list has been approved by the Department of Health in coordination with the Abu Dhabi Emergency, Crisis and Disasters Committee. To receive an official exemption, the applica...
UAE Eid Al Fitr 2021: Dh10,000 fine for gatherings, parties

UAE Eid Al Fitr 2021: Dh10,000 fine for gatherings, parties

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Residents asked to report Covid safety violations to the police. Eid Al Fitr gatherings and parties are banned in the UAE Capital, the Abu Dhabi Police have announced. This is a Covid safety measure. The host of such gatherings will be fined Dh10,000 and each guest, Dh5,000, the police said on Tuesday. On Monday, a top Dubai Police officer had said that gatherings of over five are banned in Dubai. Hosts of such parties would be fined Dh50,000, and each guest, Dh10,000. Third Eid celebrated amid Covid in UAE The Abu Dhabi Police called on residents to comply with all Covid safety measures, including mask use and social distancing. Gatherings at home or farms or any public place are strictly banned. The police urged residents to avoid social practices that pose a risk to the ...
Eid Al Fitr: Shawwal moon not sighted in Indonesia, Malaysia

Eid Al Fitr: Shawwal moon not sighted in Indonesia, Malaysia

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In the Gulf region, the UAE and Saudi Arabia have urged Muslims to try to spot the crescent on Tuesday evening. Authorities in Indonesia and Malaysia on Tuesday said that the Shawwal moon had not been sighted. Therefore, Wednesday, May 12, will be the last day of the holy month of Ramadan, and the first day of Eid Al Fitr will be on Thursday, May 13. In the Gulf region, the UAE and Saudi Arabia have urged Muslims to try to spot the crescent on Tuesday evening. If the moon is sighted on Tuesday, the first day of Eid Al Fitr will be Wednesday. If the moon is not sighted, the first day of Eid will be Thursday.Content retrieved from: https://www.khaleejtimes.com/world/rest-of-asia/eid-al-fitr-shawwal-moon-not-sighted-in-indonesia-malaysia.
Eid Al Fitr on Thursday, Shawwal moon not sighted in Saudi Arabia

Eid Al Fitr on Thursday, Shawwal moon not sighted in Saudi Arabia

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UAE residents will enjoy a long weekend to mark the occasion. The Shawwal crescent was not sighted in Saudi Arabia on Tuesday. Therefore, Wednesday, May 12, will be the last day of the holy month of Ramadan, and the first day of Eid Al Fitr will be on Thursday, May 13. According to the federal government announcement, residents in the UAE will enjoy a five-day Eid break -- Ramadan 29, 30, and Shawwal 1, 2 and 3 (Tuesday, May 11, to Saturday, May 15).Content retrieved from: https://www.khaleejtimes.com/ramadan-2021/eid-al-fitr-on-thursday-shawwal-moon-not-sighted-in-saudi-arabia.
UAE Covid: 2 arrested for violating quarantine, visiting mall without masks

UAE Covid: 2 arrested for violating quarantine, visiting mall without masks

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The youths filmed themselves walking at a mall without masks and scant regard for safety protocols. Two men, who violated Covid quarantine and other safety rules, have been arrested in Abu Dhabi. The youths filmed themselves walking at a mall without masks and scant regard for safety protocols. In the video, both of them can be seen sporting a quarantine wristband. Such bracelets are typically worn so authorities can ensure that those wearing it adhere to quarantine requirements. According to the UAE Public Prosecution, the youths were arrested after the Abu Dhabi Police spotted the video on social media. The Emergency Crisis and Disaster Prosecution called on residents to adhere to all Covid safety protocols to avoid legal repercussions.Content retrieved from: https://www.kha...