Recent news

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

UAE: 96-hour (four-day) transit visa

A new 96-hour (four-day) transit visa has been launched in Abu Dhabi …

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Muslim World: Holy month of Ramadan

In 2018, the holy month of Ramadan will start on the evening of the 15th of May and end on the evening of the 14th of June …

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UAE: A new federal labour law

A new federal labour law protects 19 service work occupations, including guards, parking staff, domestic workers and drivers …

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UAE/Japan: Visa-free for up to 30 days

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) is furthering its aim of making its national passport one of the five most powerful in the world …

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UAE: Tax Procedures Law

To coincide with the introduction of VAT on January 1st 2018 the Tax Procedures Law has been enacted to introduce a comprehensive new system for recording financial and commercial transactions …

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UAE: End to backdated sicknotes

Backdated sick leave notes covering up to three consecutive days will no longer be allowed in Dubai, which means leave will only be issued from the day employees visit a medical centre …

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UAE: Indians with US visas to receive visa on arrival

Indian nationals who hold a valid US visa or a green card may now obtain a two-week UAE visa on arrival in the country – with a single extension possible for a fee …

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UAE: Draconian laws applicable to acts

Companies in the UAE should warn foreign employees about draconian laws applicable to acts that would be regarded as private and innocent within western civilization …

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UAE: Public holidays announced

According to an announcement by the Minister of Human Resources and Emiratisation, National Day and Commemoration Day holidays for the private sector will this year be on Thursday, December 1st and Friday December 2nd …

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UAE: New entry rights

UAE: It has been announced by the UAE Cabinet meeting in Abu Dhabi that Chinese nationals would soon be able to obtain a visa on arrival …

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UAE: Public holiday called

UAE This year the combined Eid Al Adha and Arafat public holidays In UAE for private sector workers will begin on Sunday, September 11th and then run on for a further two days until September 13th …

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UAE: State browsing ban

A recent amendment to the cybercrime law (2012) makes it an offence for anyone in UAE to use a “fraudulent” IP address to commit a crime or prevent its discovery …

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UAE: Job changes hit family members

Immigration rules have changed in the UAE, making it more difficult for family members to remain in the country when the principle work-permit holder changes jobs outside the free-zone …

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Gulf States: New tax to create big job demand

The Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) has agreed to introduce value added tax (VAT) across the whole region …

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UAE: Reduced working hours

With the start of Ramadan (which begins on June 6th) quicklyapproaching, employers should be preparing for the reduction in working time required under UAE labour law …

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