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Gulf blockade: UAE violated Qataris’ rights and must reunite families, UN court rules

Gulf blockade: UAE violated Qataris’ rights and must reunite families, UN court rules

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International Court of Justice finds international law was breached by discriminating on basis of national origin The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has discriminated against Qatari nationals since the Gulf diplomatic spat erupted last year, the United Nations' highest court has ruled. The International Court of Justice (ICJ) said in a provisional order that the UAE must immediately reunite families and allow students previously resident in there, to continue their studies after Qatari nationals were kicked out of the country in June 2017. It also found Qataris should be allowed access to judicial services in the UAE. Along with Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and Egypt, the UAE abruptly cut off all diplomatic and trade ties with tiny Qatar last year, alleging that the state interfered in th...
OFW makes history as first Pinay driver in Saudi Arabia

OFW makes history as first Pinay driver in Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia
An overseas Filipina worker from Dagupan City in Pangasinan has made history as the first Filipina to set off through the roads of Saudi Arabia as the kingdom started to allow women to drive on June 24 wherever they please. OFW Graynne Angel Panitan is among thousands of women in the Gulf state who now regularly hits the road to and from work. A video taken by her husband while she was driving around the streets of Riyadh made the rounds online. The Filipina medical admin coordinator in Riyadh told The Filipino Times: “Katuwaan lang po namin ng asawa ko. Kinuhaan niya ako ng video habang nagmamaneho kasi nga po nakuha ko na ang lisensya ko.” Video credit: Ariel Tanghal Panitan said that her valid Philippine driver’s license helped her to easily go through the process a
Viral Video: Filipina Maid Hostages And Threatened Employer With Knife In Saudi Arabia

Viral Video: Filipina Maid Hostages And Threatened Employer With Knife In Saudi Arabia

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A Filipina maid is currently under investigation after a video surfaced online showing her pointing knife to her employer. She also allegedly took the child of her employer as a hostage. The video which became viral online captured the entire act. In the said viral video, it can be seen that the Filipina domestic helper is very mad and even shouting to her employer while brandishing a knife. It can also be seen in the video that another woman tried to help the child who was kept hostage inside a room. They got the chance to hold the maid inside the room while waiting for the police to arrive. It is said that the cause of anger of the household help was when her employer found stolen stuff in her possession. The OFW was then arrested by police authorities for further i...
You Must Keep Your Passport! Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Uae, Bahrain And Oman

You Must Keep Your Passport! Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Uae, Bahrain And Oman

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For Filipinos and many countries abroad, the passport serves as one of the main requirement to travel across countries. Once you have it, this should remain in your possession without further explanation. There are already a lot of issues, especially to OFW’s, involving the employer and employee as to who will hold their employees passport. But actually, there’s no question to that. A passport should be in the possession of the person whose name and image is attached to it. Sadly, this rule is not practiced by all employers especially with OFWs working in Middle East countries. QATAR Qatar Labor Law – #4 of 2009 Regulating The Entry And Exit Of Expatriates In Qatar And Their Residence And Sponsorship Article 9: The sponsor shall deliver the passport or travel document to the
OFW in Saudi Arabia Asks For Help After Employer Locked Her in The Stockroom and Made Her Eat Spoiled Rice

OFW in Saudi Arabia Asks For Help After Employer Locked Her in The Stockroom and Made Her Eat Spoiled Rice

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JEDDAH, SAUDI ARABIA – Thanks to the video of a Filipina domestic helper which became viral, the poor domestic helper from Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, is finally safe from her abusive employer. In the viral video, it can be that a woman is speaking wholeheartedly throughout the video. The woman was identified as EdrelynCauntoy. According to Cauntoy, her employer locked her inside a stockroom and was only fed with noodles at night and was even made to eat spoiled rice. This all happened after her Saudi Arabia ID got expired. “Simula ho kasi nung 12 ng gabi, pinababa ako ng amo kong babae rito. Sabi niya po dito nalang po ako sa baba. Mag-antay nalang daw po ako dito po sa stockroom,” says Edrelyn. These irregular meals made her feel sick. “Hilung-Hilo narinpoako. Masamanapoangpakiramd
Saudi Arabia to Host First Ever Arab Fashion Week

Saudi Arabia to Host First Ever Arab Fashion Week

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Arab Fashion Week will take place at Riyadh's eco-friendly Apex Centre. Saudi Arabia is set to host in March its first ever Arab Fashion Week, the Arab Fashion Council announced on Monday. Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has been leading a drive to reform the country's dependence on oil, including expanding the private sector and empowering women. The Dubai-based Arab Fashion Council said on its website that fashion week would be held in Riyadh from March 26 to March 31, with a second edition already scheduled for October. Arab Fashion Week will take place at Riyadh's eco-friendly Apex Centre, a white honeycomb-like venue designed by the late celebrated Iraqi-British architect Zaha Hadid. In December, the Arab Fashion Council announced the opening of a regional office in Ri...
Saudi Arabia to Recruit Female Investigators

Saudi Arabia to Recruit Female Investigators

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The applicants should be qualified for the position and with a relevant university degree. Saudi Arabia has launched the recruitment of female investigators, according to a local media report. On Sunday, the Saudi Public Prosecution announced that job applications by women will be accepted until March 3, Xinhua news agency quoted the Al Arabiya report as saying. The applicants should be qualified for the position and with a relevant university degree. The candidates should also pass aptitude tests and physical exams to prove their fitness for the position, said Attorney-General Sheikh Saud Al-Mojeb. He said once selected, the female investigators would have to take up various specialised roles including criminal investigation, testifying in courts, in addition to some other ...
Soon, Saudi Arabia Plans to Employ Women in Restaurants

Soon, Saudi Arabia Plans to Employ Women in Restaurants

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Initially, women will be hired to work in 16 restaurants on a trial-and-error basis in the project. A step towards reforming the labour market and empowering women economically, the Council of Saudi Chambers will employ women in the food sector, Saudi Gazette quoted Arabic newspaper Al Madinah on Wednesday. However, initially Saudi women will be hired to work in 16 restaurants on a trial-and-error basis in the project which is headed by Princess Nourah Bint Mohammad, wife of the Riyadh Amir. "On a trial basis we will hire women in 16 restaurants. We will also hold a workshop with restaurant owners in order to discuss strategies to hire more women in the sector," said Huda Al Jiraisi, head of the initiating team. At present the rate of women's unemployment is 33 per cent and the...
OFW in Saudi Arabia Not Allowed to Board Plane by PAL, Claims OFW Needs Medical Attention

OFW in Saudi Arabia Not Allowed to Board Plane by PAL, Claims OFW Needs Medical Attention

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Recently, a post made on social media by a certain Prinsipe Min Jay broke the hearts of many upon seeing one Overseas Filipino Worker (OFW) on a wheelchair who is in dire need for medical attention. According to the post, the OFW who was identified as Asnia Rashed Dumato was working in Saudi Arabia. At the airport, she was held at the airport and was not allowed by Philippine Airlines to board because she needs medication. It was then not clear why she was not allowed to ride on the plane. Based on the comments of the netizens who claimed to know her, she had been maltreated by her employer that’s why she can’t walk for being weak. Some of them assumed that she was raped and threatened not to say what actually happened to her as her eyes showed so much pain and fear. Some even sa
Expats in Saudi Arabia Banned from Working in 12 Areas

Expats in Saudi Arabia Banned from Working in 12 Areas

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The decision will come into effect from the next Hijri year. Expats in Saudi Arabia shall no more be allowed to work in 12 areas of work, the Ministry of Labour and Social Development has stated. According to the Saudi Gazette, the decision will come into effect from the next Hijri year. Expats shall be restricted from working in watch shops, optical stores, medical equipment stores, electrical and electronics shops, outlets selling car spare part, building material shops, outlets selling all types of carpets, automobile and mobile shops, shops selling home furniture and ready-made office material, sale outlets of ready-made garments, children clothes and men's supplies, household utensils shops and pastry shops. "The decision does not affect the memorandums of understanding si...
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