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Filipina expat with Dh190,000 debt gets new life in UAE

Filipina expat with Dh190,000 debt gets new life in UAE

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She is now living happily and freely in the country as she looks for a job. A 43-year-old Filipina expat, who was stuck in the UAE for almost eight years, being jobless and facing a travel ban over a Dh190,000 bounced cheque conviction, is among the many workers who have been helped by the human rights authorities in Abu Dhabi to start new lives. Fatma Abdulrahim Obaid, head of the Human Rights Section at the Abu Dhabi Judicial Department (ADJD) told Khaleej Times on the sidelines of the Labour Court Information Forum on Monday that her office had handled and solved 23 cases of workers with various problems during the first six months of 2018. The human rights office had handled 42 cases during 2017. Most of the cases, according to Fatma, involve workers facing immigration issues su...
How to renew your Emirates ID and UAE residency visa online

How to renew your Emirates ID and UAE residency visa online

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It is quite common for companies to ask you to go about the initial process of Emirates ID (residency visa) renewal on your own and it ideally shouldn’t take you more than two days to complete this. Here’s what we did to renew our ID online: Renewal application form Usually most people use typing centres for this process. You can complete the application online in English or Arabic from the comfort of your home or office. You can also use their app to apply for new IDs, and renewal or replacement of cards. Emirates ID online Have these documents ready for reference Current Emirates ID card, original passport, visa page on your passport (the orange visa stamp on your passport) and your credit cards Have these documents in soft copies for uploading You need a scanned so
Dubai announces free funeral tent service

Dubai announces free funeral tent service

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Such initiatives reinforce the values of social solidarity and communal well-being. The Community Development Authority (CDA) will be providing tents to Emiratis in Dubai to mourn the loss of their loved ones. These tents will be funded by the government as a way to bolster communal ties and offer financial support to residents of the emirate. The 'community builders' team that comprises 10 government authorities will offer the service. The rising costs of funeral services prompted the launch of the new tents, the CDA said. "Such initiatives reinforce the values of social solidarity and communal well-being," the authority said in a Press statement on Saturday. "These values are part and parcel of the vision of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Pr...
Date freely in UAE, but respect local customs

Date freely in UAE, but respect local customs

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Certain laws in the UAE are influenced by the Islamic principles and by local customs and values. Q-I am a Dubai resident and come from a culture where we are encouraged to date our future spouses for a few months before marriage. I have received conflicting reports about the legality of unrelated men and women hanging out in the UAE. Can you tell me the legalities of pursuing such a courtship in the country? Will I fall in trouble, legally speaking? A-It is understood that you are a resident in Dubai and you belong to a culture that encourages you to date your future spouse for a few months before marriage. We understand that you are looking to pursue courtship and want to understand the laws on this matter. Certain laws in the UAE are influenced by the Islamic principles and by ...
These employees are entitled to paid leave or overtime pay in UAE

These employees are entitled to paid leave or overtime pay in UAE

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Public holidays, official government working days and hours are determined by a decision of the UAE Cabinet. Q-I work for a federal government company in shifts. My company gives me a day off on public holidays only if it falls during my day shift on a weekday. If the public holiday falls when I am on night shift or on a weekend, I don't get any sort of compensation. Is this legally right? A-It is understood that you work for a federal government company in shifts and your employer grants you a paid leave for a public holiday only if it falls on a day when you are on day shift and on a weekday. Such a leave is not granted if the holiday falls on a weekend or on a day when you are scheduled to work on a night shift, and no compensation is given to you for this. You have not specified...
“Not Paying Salary on Time” Illegal: Up to 50K AED Fine for Employer

“Not Paying Salary on Time” Illegal: Up to 50K AED Fine for Employer

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  Recently, we received a message from one of our readers mentioning that a certain “reputable” company has not paid its workers for more than two months now. Hence, this article seeks to address similar situations, i.e. employers who do not pay their employees on time. We share some tips on your rights as a worker, how to file a complaint, not going absent because of the delay in salary, and even how to gently remind your boss in fulfilling this basic obligation. Related Post: How to File a Complaint at Tasheel (Employer Keeping Passport of Employee) Ideally, workers should be receiving their salaries no later than the 10th day of the following month. This was even reiterated in the law on domestic workers issued by His Highness President Khalifa himself. Otherwise, emplo
New Year Marks Start of Long Term Visas for Expats

New Year Marks Start of Long Term Visas for Expats

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The year 2019 brings great news for foreign investors, entrepreneurs, researchers, outstanding students, retiring expats, and Emirati women, as new visa rules and legislation are now in place! Retiring expats, for instance, may now opt to stay for five more years even after retirement, as long as they meet certain criteria. Meanwhile, a new system guarantees Emirati women 50 percent of the seats in the Federal National Council (FNC). Now that’s women empowerment! UAE Implements Long Term Visa & Other Rules Based on a report by Gulf News, here is a glimpse of what we can expect this year in terms of visa-related matters: Depending on the size of their investment in the country, foreign investors may be granted five or 10-year visas. The new rules also allow 100 percent foreign o
120 ways to make you happy at workplace across UAE

120 ways to make you happy at workplace across UAE

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Training sessions will be conducted for public and private firms to help create healthy, happy work environments. Just when you think you've exhausted all means to try to be happy at work, the UAE has found not one but 120 ways to improve workplace environments across the country. The National Programme for Happiness and Wellbeing recently launched 120 practical models to enhance wellbeing at the workplace in both public and private sectors. Ohood bint Khalfan Al Roumi, Minister of State for Happiness and Wellbeing and Director-General of the Prime Minister's Office, said the wellbeing models were anchored on the happiness vision of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, and on his view that employees ar...
Nearly 2.3m residence, labor violators arrested across KSA

Nearly 2.3m residence, labor violators arrested across KSA

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The total number of violators being subjected to procedures is 13,401, including 11,349 men and 2,052 women JEDDAH: More than 2 million violators of residency, work and border security systems have been arrested in a year-long roundup, according to an official report. Since the campaign began in November 2017 the total number of offenders was 2,376,215, which included 1,846,252 for violating residency regulations, 364,636 for labor violations and 165,327 for border violations. The report said that 39,088 people were arrested while trying to cross the border into the Kingdom, 51 percent of whom were Yemeni citizens, 46 percent were Ethiopians and 3 percent were of other nationalities. 1,802 people were arrested for trying to cross the border into neighboring countries and 3,253 ...
Sheikh Mohammed unveils the 8 principles of Dubai

Sheikh Mohammed unveils the 8 principles of Dubai

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He called on all those in a position of responsibility to heed his words. His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, has just issued a series of tweets on his official Twitter handle regarding the eight principles of governance.   I would like to thank all those who showed appreciation in the mark of my 50 years of service. I dedicated 50 years of my life serving my country; it gave me experience, wisdom and lots of love and peace. — HH Sheikh Mohammed (@HHShkMohd) January 5, 2019 First, the Vice-President thanked "all those who showed appreciation in the mark of my 50 years of service" adding that he dedicated his life to "serving my country" and that it gave him "experience, wisdom and lots of