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Get Dubai work visa in 24 hrs if you work in these companies

Get Dubai work visa in 24 hrs if you work in these companies

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An announcement was made by the GDRFA today. Companies operating in Jebel Ali Free Zone (Jafza) and National Industries Park (NIP) in Dubai will now be able to process visa applications of employees within 24 hours. The announcement was made after Jafza and General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs (GDRFA) signed an agreement, which will benefit over 150,000 people working in over 7,500 companies. "Our aim is to build on our relationship with the GDRFA. As home to tens of thousands of employees who need work and residence visas, Jafza constantly seeks to improve the support services required to help companies focus on their core business activities," said Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem, group chairman and CEO, DP World. Major General Mohamed Ahmed Al Marri, director-gen...
Weather update: How hot will it be in UAE today?

Weather update: How hot will it be in UAE today?

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The temperature is set to rise in the UAE this week. Tuesday will be hot to partly cloudy in general in the UAE. It will be humid over the coast during the morning and light to moderate winds could blow, reaching a speed of 35 km/hr. Sea will be slight to moderate in the Arabian Gulf and moderate in Oman sea. pic.twitter.com/pAAmCktQ7y — المركز الوطني للأرصاد (@NCMS_media) July 2, 2018 On Wednesday, the daytime temperature could increase and so will the humidity over the coast in the morning. The temperature could hover between 40 to 44°C over the coastal areas and between 42 to 47°C in the internal areas. Residents should prepare themselves as humidity could be between 65 to 90 per cent in the coastal areas and between 55 to 80 per cent in the internal areas.
Dead person ‘saves’ Filipino’s life in Dubai after being run over by car

Dead person ‘saves’ Filipino’s life in Dubai after being run over by car

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"I fell but the driver did not notice what happened and continued to run over my body." Rashid Hospital doctors performed a highly complicated skin grafting procedure from a cadaver to save the life of a Filipino expat who was left with exposed bones and muscle tissue after being run over by a car. When 34-year-old Ana Marisa Perez went to walk her dog on a Thursday morning, she would have never imagined that moments later she would be fighting for her life. "It was May 10 and as I was crossing the road with my dog when I was hit by the car. I fell but the driver did not notice what happened and continued to run over my body. It was by the grace of god that another driver saw what was happening and told him to stop or I wouldn't be here with you," said Perez. Perez was admitted t...
OFW who ended up in jail after attempting to commit suicide tells her side of story

OFW who ended up in jail after attempting to commit suicide tells her side of story

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An overseas Filipino worker (OFW) in Saudi Arabia recalled the time when she tried to end her life to escape her abusive employer but ended up in jail instead. OFW named “Jinky” said a relative of her employer repeatedly raped her when they were alone in her employer’s home. “Walang katao-tao, kaming dalawa lang. Pinuntahan ako sa banyo [at] niyakap niya ako. Doon niya ako sinimulang pagsamantalahan,” Jinky told ABS-CBN News. Jinky told her employer about the deplorable act of the employer’s relative. However, her employer turned a blind eye and did not allow her to leave. Desperate to escape, the OFW decided to try to kill herself through cutting her wrist, which is illegal in the Arab country. “Ang tanging paraan lang para makaalis sa bahay na iyon ay maglaslas ako,” said
Out-of-wedlock troubles on the rise

Out-of-wedlock troubles on the rise

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Authorities in the UAE have always issued warnings that pregnancy out of wedlock is illegal. Despite this, cases persist and some pregnancies happen in the Filipino community. Officials said one of the reasons for this is economic. The Philippine Consulate General handled many “baby cases” during the first quarter of this year, mostly involving jobless overseas Filipinos who have reportedly resorted to an affair for survival, but whose partners have ran away after getting them pregnant, officials told The Filipino Times. Describing the figure as “alarming,” a ranking Philippine Embassy official said it could as well just be the proverbial tip of the iceberg considering the high likelihood that many more cases have remained unreported. “It is alarming,” Third Secretary and Vice
UAE royal passes away, 3-day mourning announced

UAE royal passes away, 3-day mourning announced

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Flags will be flown at half-mast. The Royal Court of His Highness Sheikh Saud bin Saqr Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Ras Al Khaimah, announced the death of Sheikh Hamad bin Mohammed Al Qasimi on Sunday afternoon. The official statement said: "The Royal Court (Diwan) announces the death of Sheikh Hamad bin Mohammed on the Shawwal 17 which coincides with July 1. "We offer our condolences to the Al Qasimi family and loved ones of the deceased." Funeral prayers will be held on July 2 at 8am at Sheikh Zayed Mosque in Ras Al Khaimah. He will be buried in the Al Qasimi family cemetery. Condolence meets will be held at the Khuzam Majlis from 9am to 12pm and again from 4pm to 7pm for the next three days. Women can offer their condolences at the late Sheikh Sultan...
10 most expensive cities for expats in 2018

10 most expensive cities for expats in 2018

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The UAE has become a more affordable country now for expats as the cost of living has declined despite the introduction of value-added tax (VAT) earlier this year. This can be attributed to a consistent fall in rents, a strong local currency and lower oil prices last year. According to Mercer's annual cost of living survey, Dubai and Abu Dhabi fell out of the world's top 25 most expensive cities. Dubai dropped from 19 to 26 while the UAE's capital city was rated 40 as compared to 22 in the previous year's ranking of the world's 209 most expensive cities. Market analysts attributed this to the decline in rents, strengthening of the dollar-pegged dirham against other currencies and lower oil prices. They believe that, going forward, VAT will not have a big impact on the UAE's cost of l...
OFW seeks help to retrieve Php3-million from cheating girlfriend

OFW seeks help to retrieve Php3-million from cheating girlfriend

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An overseas Filipino worker (OFW) in Saudi Arabia is seeking for help to retrieve cash and items amounting to Php3-million from his girlfriend who is having an affair with her driving instructor. In an episode of ‘Raffy Tulfo in Action,’ OFW Glendo Dumanacal recalled his unfortunate love story with his girlfriend Connie, who is also an OFW in Saudi. Dumanacal said he bought a car for Connie when she decided to quit from her job in Saudi and return to the Philippines. Dumanacal also financially supported Connie and her two children from her previous lover while she was out of job. “Pareho kaming OFW, and then pag-uwi niya dito, nag-usap kami na bibili siya ng sasakyan para may magamit siyang service,” Dumanacal said. While looking for a driving instructor, Connie was referred to
Taiwan extends visa-free entry for Filipinos until next year

Taiwan extends visa-free entry for Filipinos until next year

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Taiwan is extending its visa-free entry privileges for its Filipino visitors until July 31, 2019. The program, which began in November 2017, allows Filipino visitors to visit Taiwan visa-free for 14 days. The visa-free program was only initially intended to last for nine months in a form of trial period, reported Central News Agency. Aside from the Philippines, the visa-free program was also extended for visitors from Thailand and Brunei. The program, however, was reduced from 30 days to 14 days. Other countries, however, were not granted for extension for border security, public safety and illegal immigration issues. The program was announced as a move to increase the number of visitors from Southeast Asia, South Asia, Australia, and New Zealand. Since the implementation of...
What Filipino expats in UAE struggle with most

What Filipino expats in UAE struggle with most

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Like everyone else working abroad, Filipinos in the UAE deal with all sorts of headaches, but five issues stand out Like everyone else living abroad, Filipinos deal with all sorts of headaches, but at least five issues seem to crop up more frequently than others. A legal expert in Dubai, who specialises in providing legal assistance to Filipinos in distress, has shone a light on the top five challenges faced by expatriate workers from the Philippines, and attempted to explain what could have been the root causes. From struggling to pay off debt and getting duped by illegal recruiters to drinking without a licence, Filipinos have a number of issues to deal with, but by getting themselves abreast with the local laws and always mindful of their limitations in a foreign country, they ...
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