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PM Modi lays foundation for first Hindu temple in Abu Dhabi

PM Modi lays foundation for first Hindu temple in Abu Dhabi

India News, Middle East
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday visited Wahat Al Karama, the war memorial in Abu Dhabi, and paid tribute to UAE’s martyrs. He then travelled to Dubai to witness the foundation stone-laying ceremony for the first Hindu temple in the capital of the UAE and addressed the Indian community at the Dubai Opera. The Prime Minister arrived in Abu Dhabi from Jordan on the second leg of his three-nation tour on Saturday and was received by Mohammed Bin Zayed and other members of the Royal family at the airport. PM Modi held wide-ranging talks with Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan as India and the UAE signed five agreements, including a historic pact awarding a consortium of Indian oil companies a 10% stake in offshore oil concession. Later today, PM Modi will d
Assaulted in Mecca: Women around the world speak out about being sexually harassed during pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia

Assaulted in Mecca: Women around the world speak out about being sexually harassed during pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia

Middle East
Thanks to #MeToo campaign, many women are finally coming out to share about their sexual assault cases. #MeToo campaign led to many other campaigns like #MeNoToo among others and now another campaign named #MosqueMeToo has taken the internet by storm. With the help of the campaign, many women are speaking about their experiences of sexual abuse that took place at Hajj. It all started when Sabica Khan, a Pakistani woman, posted her horrid account on Facebook and soon she found that she was not the only victim at Hajj. She revealed how she was assaulted next to the Kaaba, the structure at the center of Islam’s most holy mosque in Saudi Arabia. Sabica also said that she had been touched by many men while performed tawaf- a compulsory rite of the pilgrimage. The post went viral and soon Egy
Dubai ‘celebrity’ plastic surgeon suspended over immoral viral clip

Dubai ‘celebrity’ plastic surgeon suspended over immoral viral clip

Middle East
The doctor has been suspended and will be referred to a violations panel for questioning over the incident. A well-known plastic surgeon has been suspended by Dubai Healthcare City authorities after a video footage from his clinic - that showed him doing acts that are against the morals, customs and traditions of the UAE and infringe public decency laws here - went viral on social media platforms. The clip, which contains scenes that contradict the morals and traditions of society, has sparked a wave of anger and outcry from the public. The doctor has been suspended and he will be referred to a violations panel for questioning over the incident. Dr Ramadan Al Baloushi, CEO of the Dubai Healthcare City, told Khaleej Times that once the authorities were informed about the footage t...
Winners of Abu Dhabi excellence awards honoured

Winners of Abu Dhabi excellence awards honoured

Middle East
The award ceremony, held at Emirates Palace, saw hundreds of government officials, ministers, officers from the UAE Armed Forces and the Abu Dhabi Police. Sheikh Hazza bin Zayed Al Nahyan, deputy chairman of the Abu Dhabi Executive Council, honoured the top federal entities and employees who received the Abu Dhabi Award for Excellence in Government Performance, on Wednesday. The award ceremony, held at Emirates Palace, saw hundreds of government officials, ministers, officers from the UAE Armed Forces and the Abu Dhabi Police, as well as the nominees, eager to see which federal entities won the prestigious awards. The fifth Abu Dhabi Award for Excellence in Government Performance, which is held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of A...
UAE NRIs’ red flag helped scrap India’s orange passport plan

UAE NRIs’ red flag helped scrap India’s orange passport plan

Middle East
Indian residents in the UAE had vehemently opposed plans to change the colour of the passport from navy blue to orange. Indian residents in the UAE are heaving a sigh of collective relief as the Indian government has decided to do away with plans of an 'orange passport' for residents with an ECR Status. It is said that the MEA decided to scrap the passport reform plans after the government received "several individuals and collective representations requesting to reconsider these two decisions". Indian residents in the UAE had vehemently opposed plans to change the colour of the passport from navy blue to orange for people with an Emigration Clearance Required (ECR) status. India scraps plan for orange-coloured passports However, it was largely because a Public Interest Litiga...
World Government Summit helps find solutions to most pressing global issues

World Government Summit helps find solutions to most pressing global issues

Middle East
Under the patronage of the Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the sixth edition of the World Government Summit (WGS 2018), will get underway next week. A strong line-up, including government representatives, dignitaries and thought leaders will discuss key themes at the event, which runs on February 10-13. More than 130 speakers across 120 interactive sessions and over 4,000 participants from 140 countries - including heads of governments and representatives of 16 international organizations - have been confirmed to attend the event at Madinat Jumeirah, Dubai. Mohammad bin Abdullah Al Gergawi, Minister of Cabinet Affairs and The Future, Chairman of the World Government Summit, said that the event "has become a perman...
Woman delivers baby in Dubai airport restroom

Woman delivers baby in Dubai airport restroom

Middle East
A woman, who locked herself in the restroom for four hours while in labour, was given necessary aid by the Dubai Police airport security department. The woman had entered the ladies' restroom quietly and did not ask for help. The airport authorities were informed by the cleaner designated to the area after she heard unusual sounds and no response to her query to help. She said the woman had been inside for more than three hours. Brigadier Ali Ateeq bin Lahej, director of airport security at the Dubai Police, said the cleaner tried to knock and open the door but found it tightly sealed. "She heard strange sounds and thought the woman was sick and informed her boss, who in turn alerted a police officer. A team led by the female police officer checked and found the woman was in labou...
HAPPY News For UAE Expats! HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Has Been Approved By A New Entry Visa System in UAE !

HAPPY News For UAE Expats! HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Has Been Approved By A New Entry Visa System in UAE !

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The Cabinet has approved a new entry visa system on Sunday. This system seeks to attract qualified and talented professionals to the UAE. It will be carried out in phases, said His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, Vice President, Prime Minister, and Ruler of Dubai. Seeking Global & Regional Talent The first phase of the new system will begin with education, health, and tourism visas. The second phase will then focus on targeting professionals in the fields of science, research, and medicine, among others. Special committees have been set up to prioritize these fields as well as to make plans for attracting regional and global talent. In return, these professionals will enjoy the benefits of living in the UAE, such as state-of-the-art infrastructure, practical financial...
Plant population dipping in Middle East, warn experts

Plant population dipping in Middle East, warn experts

Middle East
The festival will continue till February 17. Historical buildings, government departments and structures of significance in Sharjah, including Khorfakkan, Kalba and Dhaid will be illuminated by a million colours. The eighth edition of the Sharjah Light Festival will begin tomorrow with a grand opening ceremony at the Dr Sultan Al Qassimi Centre for Gulf Studies. The festival will continue till February 17. Stories of the Father of the Nation Sheikh Zayed, significant moments that illuminate the cultural heritage of Sharjah and key historical moments in the Arab world will be narrated through the annual light festival. The annual festival will celebrate science, creativity and heritage in a display of lights, colours and music at Sharjah's beloved landmarks. The festival will be laun...
Skype blocked in UAE: VPNs to the rescue (again?)

Skype blocked in UAE: VPNs to the rescue (again?)

Middle East
However, we have some simple tidbits on why you should use them at your own risk On December 31, users of the beloved Skype were bludgeoned with the news that it has been blocked in the UAE. Not exactly good news especially for expats, who rely on the app to connect with their loved ones back in their home countries. Well, this really isn't a surprise, given that, technically, services using voice-over Internet protocol (VoIP) are disallowed in the country. As we previously reported, the UAE's Telecommunications Regulatory Authority has stated that there has been no change in its stance with regards to VoIP, referring to its regulatory policy on the service. It falls at No. 14 on its list of prohibited Internet content. For a while now, etisalat and du have offered Botim and CMe,...