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Philippine president Duterte to visit UAE in 2018

Philippine president Duterte to visit UAE in 2018

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He will be launching the newly-opened Overseas Filipino Bank (OF Bank) in Dubai and Abu Dhabi. Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte is set to visit the UAE in the next couple of months to launch the newly-opened Overseas Filipino Bank (OF Bank) in Dubai and Abu Dhabi, according to OF Bank chairman Alex Buenaventura During his presentation at the command conference in Milan, Italy for the heads of Philippine diplomatic posts in Europe, Africa and the Middle East, Buenaventura said OF Bank Centers will be rolled out within the second quarter of 2018 in three Philippine foreign offices, including the Philippine Embassy in Abu Dhabi and the Philippine Consulate in Dubai. The meeting was streamed live on Facebook by Esther Margaux Uson, assistant secretary for Social Media of the Presiden...
Dubai Introduces Innovation Fees for Government Transactions

Dubai Introduces Innovation Fees for Government Transactions

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As per Law No. 01 of 2018, the Knowledge Dirham Fee will be levied on all transactions for government services in Dubai. His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE, in his capacity as Ruler of Dubai, has issued Law No (1) of 2018 on the Knowledge Dirham Fee, and Law No (2) of 2018 on the Innovation Dirham Fee. As per Law No (1) of 2018, the Knowledge Dirham Fee will be levied on all transactions for government services in Dubai, including federal government services whose revenues are allocated to the Public Treasury of the Government of Dubai. Law No (2) of 2018 on the Innovation Dirham Fee aims to support innovation-related projects and involve the public in supporting innovation. As per the law, Dubai government entities wil...
President Receives Mohamed bin Zayed, Accepts Condolences on Death of Sheikha Hessa

President Receives Mohamed bin Zayed, Accepts Condolences on Death of Sheikha Hessa

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The funeral prayer for Sheikha Hessa was held at Al Moatarid mosque in Al Ain. President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan today received at Al Bateen Palace condolences from His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, HH Sheikh Tahnoun bin Mohammed Al Nahyan, Abu Dhabi Ruler`s Representative in the Al Ain Region, and members of Al Nahyan family on the death of the late Sheikha Hessa bint Mohammed bin Khalifa Al Nahyan. HH Dr. Sheikh Sultan bin Khalifa Al Nahyan, Adviser to the UAE President and HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Khalifa Al Nahyan, Executive Council Member, were present. Source
British Expat Gets 3 Years in Jail for Embezzling Dh1.3 Million

British Expat Gets 3 Years in Jail for Embezzling Dh1.3 Million

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The Briton duped a compatriot by issuing a forged trade licence copy and fled the country. A British man, who was charged in absentia with embezzling Dh1.3 million using a forged business licence copy, was sentenced to three years in jail, to be followed by deportation, on Monday. The Court of First Instance found the runaway defendant guilty of forgery and use of forged official document, embezzlement and breach of trust charges. The forged licence copy, which had been deposited at the public prosecution headquarters, was ordered confiscated by the court. Court documents show the expat fled the country after he received the money. He was a manager at a business service and facilities firm and had a deal with a compatriot to take care of the issuance of a business licence of...
Man jailed for killing Girlfriend After Sleeping With Her

Man jailed for killing Girlfriend After Sleeping With Her

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She died after her head hit bathroom sink. A domestic helper, who strangled his girlfriend to death following an argument, was sentenced to life in jail on Sunday. The Court of First Instance earlier heard that the 31-year-old Nepalese worker had sex with the woman - who hailed from his country - on May 20, 2017, in his room at his sponsor's villa in the Emirates Hills. He strangled the woman and then pushed her, causing her head to hit a sink in the bathroom, following a heated exchange of words. The court convicted him of murder as well as illicit sex charges and ordered his deportation after completing his jail term. The man denied he had meant to kill the victim during his trial. The victim's body was found by a Pakistani irrigation worker. "I was carrying out some ga...
Overstay Fine Can Get Fresh Visa Application Rejected

Overstay Fine Can Get Fresh Visa Application Rejected

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Approach GDRFA to seek their advice. My husband was employed in the UAE. Post-termination of his employment contract and the employment visa, he had overstayed in the UAE for 22 days, and was notified in respect of payment of overstay fines. When he arrived at the airport to travel back, he went to the immigration desk to pay the fine but was told that there were no fines against him. He asked the immigration official to double check but was asked to move on. My husband left the UAE after getting the exit stamp. Now, I am applying for his fresh visa to return to the UAE and it is getting rejected because it is being stated that he has been blacklisted on their system because of an overstay fine which was not paid. What can we do to remove him from the list? Pursuant to your que...
Funeral prayers Held for Sheikha Hessa

Funeral prayers Held for Sheikha Hessa

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The funeral prayer was held Al Moatarid mosque in Al Ain. His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, and His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, perform funeral prayer for Her Highness Sheikha Hessa bint Mohammed Al Nahyan, the mother of UAE President, His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, at Al Moatarid mosque in Al Ain. .@HHShkMohd and @MohamedBinZayed perform funeral prayer on Sheikha Hessa bint Mohammed Al Nahyan at al-Moatarid mosque in Al Ain. #UAE pic.twitter.com/jTamF5sO9u — Dubai Media Office (@DXBMediaOffice) 28 January 2018 Source
Some GCC Countries Could Double VAT to 10%: Report

Some GCC Countries Could Double VAT to 10%: Report

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The report, however, didn't say by when the GCC governments could hike the tax rate. Some GCC countries could double VAT rate to 10 per cent mainly due to discrepancy between five per cent statutory and effective tax rate, says a new study released on Sunday. "We project that the regional VAT rollout would push up government revenues on average by about 1.7-2 per cent of GDP, based on a collection-efficiency ratio of 50-60 per cent. A ratio in this range would reflect an effective tax rate of 2.5-3 per cent, lower than the 5 per cent statutory rate, owing to expected administrative inefficiencies and the ability countries have to exempt and zero-rate selected sectors," international ratings agency S&P said in a note on Sunday. Trevor Cullinan, an analyst with S&P in Dubai,...
Working Extra Hours in UAE? You Must Be Paid For It

Working Extra Hours in UAE? You Must Be Paid For It

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The commutation periods spent by the worker from the place of residence to the work site thereof shall not be calculated within the working hours. I am a teacher working for an Indian School in Dubai, which has sponsored my work permit/residence visa. This school has a very peculiar rule that those teachers who are on school visa should work an hour extra compared to those teachers who are on husband’s visa. For example, a teacher who is on husband’s visa would wind up work by 2:00pm, however, the teachers on school visa are expected to stay up to 3.30pm. This rule is not written anywhere, neither in our appointment letter. However, this has been in practice verbally and those on school visa are obliged to stay back. Is that even legally allowed? When we joined the organisation, we
Filipina Helper Found Hanging in Employer’s Home in HK

Filipina Helper Found Hanging in Employer’s Home in HK

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A Filipina domestic worker was found dead in her employer’s house in Hong Kong. The Filipina was identified as Leticia Palpatok Curutan, 38, and works for a 69-year-old employer in Kwai Chung, New Territories region. The employer found Curutan’s body hanging in the house and reported it to the police on Mar. 27. “This is a person found hanging case. Police found the subject hanging inside a room in a flat in Kwai Chung. Police found cut wounds on the wrist. She was certified dead when police arrived,” the Police said in an interview. No suicide notes were found at the scene. Pending a post mortem report, police declined to confirm it’s a suicide case. The Assistance to Nationals sction at the Philippine Consulate General in Hong Kong is now coordinating with Overseas Workers’ W
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