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No Volunteering In Dubai Without Official Permission

No Volunteering In Dubai Without Official Permission

UAE
The law seeks to encourage a culture of social responsibility in society. Entities conducting volunteering initiatives must first obtain authorisation from Dubai's Community Development Authority (CDA), according to a new law announced on Sunday. The law permits volunteers to form teams to participate collectively in volunteering programmes in Dubai on the condition that the team has registered itself in the CDA's database and obtained all required permits. The volunteer teams are not allowed to conduct any fundraising activities, including advertising through any kind of media, unless the team obtains approval from the CDA. Entities must also provide all required tools and safety equipment necessary for the volunteers to perform their activity. In addition, the entities must also...
Beware, E-Cigarettes Are Being Used To Smoke Drugs In UAE

Beware, E-Cigarettes Are Being Used To Smoke Drugs In UAE

UAE
The danger of this trend lies in the fact that e-cigarettes are more socially acceptable than their traditional counterparts. The Dubai Police have recorded 17 instances of youngsters mixing drugs in electronic cigarettes and smoking them, a top officer revealed on Sunday. As part of a study, the department of evidence examined 103 e-cigarettes seized in the country and found that 17 were used to smoke drugs. According to Khalid Al Sumaiti, a senior forensic expert, in two cases, a cocktail of five different drugs was smoked. Fourteen of the e-cigarettes were used to inhale cannabis oil. E-cigarettes are banned in the UAE, but residents procure them illegally via social media platforms and some commercial centres, he said. Al Sumaiti said criminals mixed drugs, including a synt...
Transit Passengers To Enjoy Day Out In UAE Under New Visa Policy

Transit Passengers To Enjoy Day Out In UAE Under New Visa Policy

UAE
The new policy aims to enhance transit visa procedures to enable stopover passengers to enjoy a day out in the country. Preparations are afoot to roll out legislations that will allow transit passengers to tour the country. On Monday, the UAE Cabinet gave the green light to prepare a general policy to grant entry visas to transit passengers who wish to visit the country's landmarks and tourist attractions. Passengers transiting via any of the airports in the country will be able to obtain entry visas. The new policy aims to enhance transit visa procedures to enable stopover passengers to enjoy a day out in the country, thus boosting the tourism industry. The Cabinet formed a working group, led by the Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship, to prepare the new policy, "consi...
Video: Sharjah ruler announces salary hike for non-Emirati employees

Video: Sharjah ruler announces salary hike for non-Emirati employees

UAE
Dh600 million increase in the salaries of the emirate's government employees was implemented on January 1, 2018. The salaries of non-Emirati Sharjah government employees will also be hiked by 10 per cent retroactively from the start of January this year. This comes following directions of His Highness Dr Sheikh Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Member of the Supreme Council and Ruler of Sharjah, on Saturday. In a video, His Highness said that he wanted to increase salaries of all employees in Sharjah government in the beginning of 2018. He issued directions for pay hike of Emirati staff. Now, he has directed salary raise for the non-Emirati employees, while appreciating their loyalty. His Highness had ordered a Dh600 million increase in the salaries of the emirate's government employ...
Sheikh Mohammed Responds To Uae Citizen’S Appeal

Sheikh Mohammed Responds To Uae Citizen’S Appeal

UAE
Emirati made his appeal for a decent life in a phone call to Ajman Radio. An appeal for decent life by a UAE citizen has been immediately responded by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai. The UAE national made his appeal in a phone call to Ajman Radio on Monday, asking for providing all needs of decent life for himself and his family. Sheikh Mohammed directed competent authorities to provide, with immediate effect, the Emirati and his family with all their needs within 24 hours to help them lead a decent life. He also directed Hessa Essa Buhumaid, Minister of Community Development, to provide the cabinet, in its coming meeting, with a detailed report about the requirements of the UAE people with lim...
Good Conduct Certificate Mandatory For Job Change In Uae

Good Conduct Certificate Mandatory For Job Change In Uae

News, UAE
The announcement reverses the earlier notice issued on February 23. Expatriates currently employed in the UAE and in the process of switching their jobs, take note. When offered a job by another employer, prospective candidates are now required to submit a good conduct certificate. When Khaleej Times checked with The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation call centre, they confirmed that the requirement has been instated for all expatriate workers moving jobs in the UAE. This announcement reverses the earlier notice issued last month on February 23. Previously, the notice which had been issued to all Amer and Tasheel centres, informed residents that the good conduct certificate would not be needed for the visa if they are in the country. However, now e...
HAPPY NEWS UAE Filipinos! Now carry extra baggage from UAE to Philippines!

HAPPY NEWS UAE Filipinos! Now carry extra baggage from UAE to Philippines!

UAE
The extra baggage allowance will be given upon check-in of the guest at the airport. Philippines’ largest carrier, Cebu Pacific (CEB), once again offers 25 kilograms of additional free baggage allowance to UAE residents travelling from Dubai to Manila. Starting March 1 until Nov 30, 2018, all passengers originating from Dubai travelling to Manila with pre-purchased baggage allowance of 40 kilograms will be receiving additional 25 kilograms baggage allowance, free-of-charge.* The extra baggage allowance will be given upon check-in of the guest at the airport. It has been a tradition for Overseas Filipinos to bring food or gifts, known as ‘pasalubongs’, from their destinations to their families and friends back home. Many Filipinos ship a ‘balikabayan’ box filled with gifts several day
Good conduct certificate no longer mandatory for jobs switch

Good conduct certificate no longer mandatory for jobs switch

Jobs, News, UAE
Those seeking employment in the UAE from outside the country will, however, have to produce the good conduct certificate. Residents changing jobs in the UAE can take it easy. They will not require a good conduct certificate. It is not a 'mandatory document' when they apply for a visa if they are in the UAE, said a source in the General Directorate of Residence and Foreigners' Affairs (GDRFA). Khaleej Times received a copy of the notice which was issued to all Amer and Tasheel centres, informing residents that the good conduct certificate would not be needed for the visa if they are in the country. Earlier this week, the Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation (MoHRE) suspended the requirement for good conduct certificate for new Filipino and Indonesian domestic workers until...
Skype Blocked in UAE: What does Skype Say?

Skype Blocked in UAE: What does Skype Say?

News, UAE
Recently The access to the Skype App is blocked since it is providing unlicensed Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) Service, which falls under the classification of prohibited contents as per the United Arab Emirates’ Regulatory Framework.’ HERE IS WHAT SKYPE SAYS IN IT’S WEBSITE: Is Skype blocked in the United Arab Emirates (UAE)? It has been brought to our attention that our website and services have been blocked by the ISPs in the United Arab Emirates. That means you won’t be able to use Skype in the United Arab Emirates. We are working towards getting Skype re-enabled. We’re passionate about the benefit that Skype offers to our users around the world by facilitating communication and enabling collaboration. Source IF YOU GET CAUGHT USING A VPN IN THE UAE, YOU WILL FA
Is your UAE Company not Paying your Salary? Report to the Ministry

Is your UAE Company not Paying your Salary? Report to the Ministry

News, UAE
You can register a complaint against the company you are working for. Worried about late or no payment of salary by your company in UAE? The Ministry of Labour can help you address your grievances. You can register a complaint against the entity you are working for. The department shall then summon both the parties in discourse and take the necessary steps to settle the dispute amicably. You can report to the ministry for non-payment of salary Expats working in the private sector can contact the Bureau for the protection of salaries through the toll-free number 800 665 or visit the website, www.mol.gov.ae. The Ministry of Labour has a Bureau for the protection of salaries for addressing the issue. Source Non-payment of salary by an employer is a violation of the labour...
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