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Women in UAE May not Work After 10 pm, Except When…

Women in UAE May not Work After 10 pm, Except When…

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Here are the norms for women working on night shift I work for a free zone company and have completed a year out of a 2-year unlimited contract. At this point, the employer is trying to force us to sign a paper on which we agree to work on night shifts. This request was not included in our contract or offer letter. My question is, can the company change the terms of contract midway? And, does the labour law apply here where it is stated that women cannot work after 10pm? Answer You have not stated in which free zone you are located in. Certain free zones have their own regulations pertaining to employees and others follow the Federal Law No. 8 of 1980 of UAE (the "Employment Law). It is assumed that you fall within the authority of the Employment Law. Article 27 and Article ...
Woman fined Dh250,000, jailed for Posting Indecent Videos Online in UAE

Woman fined Dh250,000, jailed for Posting Indecent Videos Online in UAE

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She had made several social media accounts and posted obscene videos on them. A woman who was caught for posting indecent videos on various social media sites will be jailed for a year. The Federal Supreme Court in Abu Dhabi handed down the sentence to the Arab woman after she was found guilty of spreading video clips that violated public morals and promoted obscenity. The judge also ordered the woman to pay a fine of Dh250,000 for violating online laws. Official court documents reveal the cyber-crimes public prosecution in Abu Dhabi had in December last year ordered for the arrest of the woman after investigations suggested that she opened up various accounts on Twitter, Snapchat and Instagram to promote the immoral videos. The Office of the UAE Attorney-General said after ...
Does your Company Refuse to Bear Emirates ID Costs?

Does your Company Refuse to Bear Emirates ID Costs?

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The EIDA had urged all employers to take up the responsibility of bearing the cost of the ID cards of their employees. A friend of mine works at a drilling company, and suddenly received notification that his previously-signed contract of 28 days of work followed by 28 days off was changed - with immediate effect - to 42 days on, and 21 days off. Is this legal? Workers at the company have approached the Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation, but have not received any response so far. It should also be noted that the company is not refunding fees for renewal of Emirates IDs, despite having done so originally. Is this legal? I can vaguely recall something about companies having to refund these costs. Pursuant to your queries, it should be noted that employees employed in mines ...
HAPPY INFO! UAE President HH Shaikh Khalifa, Signed New Law Benefiting Domestic Helpers And Employers!

HAPPY INFO! UAE President HH Shaikh Khalifa, Signed New Law Benefiting Domestic Helpers And Employers!

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Those who are planning to work in the United Arab Emirates as domestic helpers, it is important that you are aware of your rights and entitlements in terms of work hours, vacation leaves, sick leaves, medical insurance, etc. Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, UAE President, had signed a new law benefiting domestic helpers and their employers. The signed law indicates a harmonized work condition between an employer and their hired domestic helper. This is established by setting standards and coordinating with Abu Dhabi’s legislation and with the international labor law. UAE President Approves New Law on Domestic Helpers According to Saqr Ghobash Saeed Ghobash (Minister of Human Resources and Emiratisation) said that the law would aim to have a good work-relationship between worker
Skype, WhatsApp, Viber, FaceTime VoIP Disabled in UAE & Qatar

Skype, WhatsApp, Viber, FaceTime VoIP Disabled in UAE & Qatar

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In case you’re wondering if you cannot make calls through Skype, WhatsApp, Viber, FaceTime in countries in the Middle East like the UAE and Qatar, it is because the calling features of these apps are blocked or disabled by the telecom providers in the country. You can still use these apps in order to ‘chat’, but the VoIP (Voice Over Internet Protocol) service, which includes video calling and voice calling, is banned. Although it is not unusual for a country to regulate the usage of internet for their citizens, The United Arab Emirates and Qatar now officially joins China, Egypt, Jordan, and Belize (to name a few) to have blocked Skype services in their regions. Skype, the Microsoft acquired company in 2011, has just been added to the list of banned VoIPs in the UAE and Qatar. The tw
These 20 Areas in UAE are Exempt from VAT

These 20 Areas in UAE are Exempt from VAT

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Federal Tax Authority has listed free zones across the seven emirates. The Federal Tax Authority on Wednesday announced 20 designated zones which would be exempt from the recently-implemented five per cent VAT in the country, bringing a major relief and clarity for the companies operating in the free zones. "The designated zones are special zones for VAT purposes, which are generally considered outside of the UAE in terms of value-added taxation. While VAT applies throughout the UAE, in the designated zones VAT generally does not apply. Only fenced free zones with special controls on goods and services going in and out could benefit from this status. As expected, important free zones such as Jafza, Dafza and Kizad are on the list," said Thomas Vanhee, founding partner, Aurifer Middle...
Filipina in Saudi Arabia Claims She was Stabbed while Asleep, Seeks Help

Filipina in Saudi Arabia Claims She was Stabbed while Asleep, Seeks Help

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Working abroad as an OFW can be difficult as you must have courage to be independent and be cautious at most times. One of our fellow OFWs in Saudi Arabia, utilized a social media website; Facebook to post photos of her and her bloodied hand. The posted photos had gone viral and had reached a lot of views and shares. The photos were posted by Rosemarie Marcial Santos a few days ago, on the third photo’s caption, she wrote “sa lahat po ng naaawa sakin at gusto aq tulungan maraming salamat po ..sa mga tumatawag sorry diko po masagot tawag nyo kase po andito amo q, nagtatago lang po aq sa CR para makagamit saglit ng cp para maka-communicate po aq sa pamilya ko ..ayaw po kase aq pagamitin ng cp sinisigawan po aq kapag may cp ako hawak ..sana po makauwi pa aq ng maayos ..😭😭😭 maraming salamat
OFWs Affected by Saudi Arabia’s Imposition of 5% VAT on Basic Goods, Services

OFWs Affected by Saudi Arabia’s Imposition of 5% VAT on Basic Goods, Services

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OFWs affected by the Saudi Arabia’s imposition of 5% Vat on basic goods and services The price of gasoline has reportedly increased by at least 55% Not only OFWs, but other expatriates working in the Arab nation are affected by the VAT imposition Overseas Filipino workers in Saudi Arabia are affected by the Kingdom’s imposition of 5% Value Added Tax (VAT) on several goods and services as part of its economic reform. As mentioned in the UNTV story dated January 3, 2017, Saudi Arabia’s food and beverage industry, petroleum products, rents of commercial establishments, remittance fee, and domestic transportation, among others, are affected by the VAT imposed last January 1. Filipino workers in the Arab nation were surprised by the increase of gasoline price. “Medyo mataa
Get a Free Airline Ticket on your Birthday. Here’s How

Get a Free Airline Ticket on your Birthday. Here’s How

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The offer is valid for the whole year If it is your birthday, an airline company wants to make it super special for you. Skyjet is giving away free tickets for you to take a holiday during your birthday month in 2018. Valid for the whole of 2018, you can take a trip to the exotic destinations of Siargao, Basco, Batanes, Boracay this year. The promo code isn't available online, so for booking, you need to call 817-7000 or 863-1333. The few conditions the airline has imposed before offering you free tickets is that you must be accompanied by one full paying companion. Secondly, it should be a round trip and not a single trip. Thirdly, you just need to sign up on SkyJet Dash registration form online. The point of origin of your trip should be from Manila or any of the SkyJet...
Work for Two Companies in UAE After Obtaining Temporary Permit

Work for Two Companies in UAE After Obtaining Temporary Permit

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Employees working in the private sector can work for two companies, provided they have secured temporary work permits from the Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation. The ministry clarified the queries of public about the possibility of a private sector employee taking up another job for a specific period despite having one already in place. The ministry said the employee can obtain a temporary work permit whereby he/she can work for another company or establishment on an interim basis as per the law. The ministry also said that the employer can move the employee from a company to another that belongs to him in case both the companies are owned by the same sponsor. The employee will assume the same job and get the same pay and allowances. However, the ministry said there...
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