Recent news

Latest items of recent news relevant to United Arab Emirates as reported in our fortnightly newswire ‘Dernières nouvelles’.

UAE: New 10-year visa introduced

The governments FAIC agency has introduced a new 10-year visa for investors and professionals in the fields of medicine, science, research and technology …

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UAE: Visa amnesty scheme

In recent years many short-term migrants have overstayed their permit expiry through lack of funds to return home and therefore faced major fines …

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UAE: Changes to foreign ownership

The Council of Ministers has agreed that foreign investors shall, in future, be allowed to own 100% of their businesses outside the established free zones …

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UAE: Social media influencers have one weeks to get licensed

If you are a social media “influencer” in UAE you will now need two licences to operate …

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UAE: Corporate Social Responsibility Law

Earlier this year the UAE Council of Ministers issued a Corporate Social Responsibility Law …

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UAE: Equal gender pay announced

The Council of Ministers has approved a new law requiring equal pay between men and women …

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UAE: Ethical acts

Governments around the world are increasingly becoming suspicious about ethical acts of private sector companies, fearing that they may be either a cover for initiatives that undermine the state, support causes that offend a prevailing moral order, or expose the state’s indifference through acts of private benevolence …

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UAE: Bill regulating the undertaking of voluntary work approved

The Federal National Council (FNC) has approved a Bill regulating the undertaking of voluntary work …

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UAE: It is now lawful to employ people on a part-time contract

It is now lawful to employ people on a part-time contract …

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UAE: Good conduct certificate suspended

The requirement of a good conduct certificate for employment visas across the country, which was first enforced on February 4, 2018, has now been temporarily suspended until further notice …

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UAE: New Emirates ID cards issual system for UAE companies

Companies with 100+ employees may now issue or renew Emirates ID cards for their staff electronically …

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UAE: DIFC proposes new employment law

The Dubai International Finance Services Centre (DIFC) is a semi-autonomous zone within UAE …

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UAE: Emiratis exempt from pre-entry visa to Ireland

Citizens of this gulf state will now be able to visit Ireland and stay for up to 90 days without first obtaining an entry visa …

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UAE: Good conduct certificate mandatory for work visa

With effect from the 4th of February, 2018, a ‘certificate of good conduct’ from the police will be required as a prerequisite for obtaining a work visa for the UAE …

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UAE: January 1st 2018 is a public holiday in the private sector

January 1st 2018 has just been officially declared a public holiday in the private sector …

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