Recent news

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

UAE: E-cigarettes to be Legalised

Employers will soon need to update their workplace smoking policies …

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UAE: Visa amnesty extended for the month of December

The UAE government has further extended the country’s visa amnesty for short-term migrants by one month and now it will end on the 31st of December 2018 …

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UAE: Employment rules being modernised in Dubai’s finance centre

A number of fundamental changes are nearing final agreement covering employment in Dubai’s International Financial Centre (DIFC), which has its own body of laws …

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UAE: Cabinet approves long-term visa system

Long-term visas are now available for affluent investors, senior scientists and entrepreneurs under the newly approved immigration rules …

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UAE/Sierra Leone: MoU on exemption of pre-entry visa signed

UAE passport holders may now obtain a 30-day entry visa upon arrival in Sierra Leone …

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UAE/Mexico: Visa waiver for travel between UAE, Mexico

With effect from the 31st of October, 2018, citizens from UAE and Mexico with regular passports will be allowed visa-free access between the two countries …

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UAE: New worker’s insurance scheme effective mid-October

Under a new worker’s insurance scheme, starting from mid-October, instead of paying a mandatory deposit of Dh3,000 (US$816 …

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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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