Stories of the daughters and wife of Dubai's ruler continue to make headlines and trigger controversies, the latest being a short video recorded and sent to the BBC by his daughter Sheikha Latifa bint Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum in which she uncovered how she has been living. In the 1:28 seconds video shared by BBC Latifa talks about being jailed in a villa with shuttered windows and locked doors and guarded by five policemen. She talks about not knowing what her fate will be and about being tired of living in that place. At the start of the video, the 35-year-old Sheikha Latifa talks about recording the video from the bathroom, saying that "it is the only room in the villa where she can actually close the door with a key". In secret footage shared with @BBCPanorama, Prince
Know your rights when it comes to Covid-triggered pay cuts. Question: My employer in Abu Dhabi asked me to acknowledge a pay reduction of three months — January-March 2021. Since pay reduction is reviewed quarterly, we have been asked to acknowledge any further extensions throughout 2021. Is this legal? If I don’t sign the agreement, is it treated as acceptance keeping in mind that ‘silence is acceptance or acknowledgement’? Answer: Pursuant to your queries, we assume that you are employed in a mainland company based in Abu Dhabi and your employer is affected by the pandemic. Therefore, the Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation (the MOHRE) had issued Ministerial Resolution No. (279) of 2020 Concerning the Employment Stability in Establishment of the Private Sector During
All your legal queries pertaining to the UAE citizenship law answered. Question: I am an Indian expat who has been living in the UAE for the last 25 years. I want to apply for the UAE citizenship scheme announced recently. However, my wife is not interested and wants to remain an Indian citizen. Is it possible for a husband to apply for the UAE citizenship, as his family retains their existing citizenship? Answer: Pursuant to your queries, it may be noted that under specific conditions, the amendments to Federal Law No. (17) of 19872 Concerning Nationality and Passports, as amended by Federal Law No. (10) of 1975 and Federal Decree Law No. (16) of 2017 (the “Citizenship Law”) now allows for investors, doctors, specialists, inventors, scientists, talents, intellectuals and artists t
Know your legal rights if your salary has been cut due to Covid-19 pandemic. Question: I have a personal loan worth DhDh70,000 with a bank in Dubai. I got a deferment on payment in June for four months as I was on a 50 per cent pay cut due to the coronavirus pandemic. But my company has still not restored our full salaries yet and my bank is not ready to extend the deferment. I can pay the loan only if I am paid in full. What legal help can I get? DON'T MISS: >> Salary cuts in UAE amid Covid: Can they be extended indefinitely? >> Coronavirus: Can UAE employer reduce salary permanently? Answer: Pursuant to your query, it may be noted that upon availing a personal loan (the Loan) from the bank (the Bank), you become liable and responsible to pay the instalments (...
Know the law: What's considered defamation in the UAE? Question: I lost my tooth and tooth bone due to a medical error of a dentist in a Dubai clinic. The clinic staff acknowledged the error (verbally) but refused to do anything about it. I registered a case with the Dubai Health Authority (DHA) and have got a report in my favour, stating it was a medical malpractice that caused me immense physical and mental trauma. I want to report this case in the Press for the larger good of people, so that no one suffers like me. But the hospital says it will sue me if I do so. Can I publish this case in the media with the DHA report or will I get sued? Answer: Pursuant to your query, it may be noted that on the basis of the findings stated in the report issued to you by the DHA, you may be en...
The announcement regarding the same was made on Twitter. Passengers flying from India to Dubai on India’s budget airline Air India Express will now have to follow revised regulations on Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) Covid-19 tests, according to an announcement made by the airline on its official Twitter handle. #FlyWithIX : Attention Passengers Traveling to Dubai⚠️ As per the advisory issued by the Dubai Health Authority (DHA), copy of the COVID-19 PCR test report submitted by passengers must have QR code linking to their original test report. @HardeepSPuri @MoCA_GoI @cgidubai — Air India Express (@FlyWithIX) February 17, 2021 “As per the advisory issued by the Dubai Health Authority (DHA), the copy of the Covid-19 PCR test report submitted by passengers must h
Sarath Kunnummal woke up late in the evening on Wednesday to the news of his win at Dubai Duty Free Millennium Millionaire Due to his odd working hours, 26-year-old Sarath Kunnummal was fast asleep when officials of the Dubai Duty Free Millennium Millionaire tried to let him know he won $1 million. A technical worker in the automobile industry, Indian expat Kunnummal became a dollar millionaire when his ticket 4275 was drawn on Wednesday. He said he was on the late shift the night before, working from 7pm to 4am. He learnt about his windfall only by 6pm on Wednesday, when his roommates broke the news. “I had slept off in the morning listening to some music. My phone was switched off in the process. No one could get through to me,” said Kunnummal, a Dubai resident since 2016.
Dubai: The picture shows him dressed in a pilot’s uniform. A crisp white shirt, epaulets on the shoulders and a golden aviation badge pinned above his left shirt pocket. Should there be any doubt about his profession, Babatunde Lawal Isiaka, 36, also wears a laynard neck strap with Emirates airlines’ name emblazoned in its distinctive font and colour across the length of the cord. For at least six years now, the Nigerian scammer has been masquerading as a pilot of the world’s top carrier. That’s nearly thrice as many years conman extraordinaire Frank Abagnale posed as a pilot for Pan Am in order to wangle free flights in the 1950s. Abagnale’s exploits were depicted in Steven Spielberg’s award-winning blockbuster movie, Catch Me if You Can, starring Leonardo DiCaprio. However, unli
Dubai: The Dubai Police have successfully seized a total of 1,034kg illegal drugs, arrested 1,044 suspects and uncovered 728 drug-related cases in the last four months of 2020, the authorities announced on Friday. Dubai Police also blocked 16 websites that promoted drugs and provided international anti-narcotics agencies with 68 security tips that led to the seizure of 3.512 tons of illegal drugs and narcotic pills as well as arrest of 34 suspects. The figures were revealed during an appraisal meeting chaired by Major General Khalil Ibrahim Al Mansouri, Dubai Police Assistant Commander-in-chief for Criminal Investigation, who praised the efforts exerted by the General Department of Anti-Narcotics at Dubai Police in combating drugs locally and internationally. Working tirelessly Bri...
Dubai: A Dubai maid, who posted her photo on Instagram wearing her employer’s clothes which she stole, was sentenced to three months in jail. The court has also issued a Dh500 fine against the maid. She will be deported after serving her jail term. According to the Dubai Court of First Instance, the maid’s 26-year-old Emirati sponsor was checking Instagram last December when he came across an account with the name of his Filipina maid. He was shocked to see her picture in which she was wearing his wife’s clothes. “The Instagram account was of the maid and she had posted a picture wearing clothes that looked like my wife’s clothes. When I told my wife, she confirmd it was her clothes and the maid had taken the picture inside our house,” the Emirati said on record. He then searched the