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News update: Covid-19 in UAE: I have move permit but got flashed by radar

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Can you walk alone, or drive to and from work before 8pm? Here are the answers.

Several readers wrote to Khaleej Times, seeking clarity on the UAE attorney-general’s resolution about fines and penalties against violators of the Covid-19 coronavirus measures. We posed some of these questions to Emirati lawyer Abdul Moneim Bin Suwaidan of Bin Suwaidan Firm for Advocates and Legal Counsels.

Q. I have a move permit and got flashed by radars while driving. What do I do?
The radar flashes on any car. But the fines are later cancelled for move permit holders.

Q. If I don’t work in an essential sector, will I be fined for driving to and from work before 8pm?
People stepping out for work purposes are not fined. They need to present a proof, a document of that.

Q. Do I have to get a movement permit to go to the supermarket in the day time?
Movement permits are required during the sterilisation process timings.

Q. If I get fined for a violation, should I pay it immediately to the police?
There is a special prosecution handling such cases. One is summoned there and he can also object (to the fine).

There are several more questions, please do visit and read, Khaleej Times.

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News update: Abu Dhabi suspends Mawaqif parking fees for 3 weeks

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Earlier, Dubai had also suspended public parking fees during the hours of the sterilisation drive.

Abu Dhabi announced suspension of parking fees on Sunday.

Abu Dhabi’s Department of Municipalities and Transport announced the suspension of Mawaqif parking fees for a period of three weeks starting from March 30 (Monday).

The policy will be subject to revision and extension.

Source: Khaleej Times

News update: Coronavirus in UAE: Have you seen these priority counters for healthcare workers at Lulu?

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Local hypermarket rolls out new initiative to recognise efforts of medical community in the fight against Covid-19.

You’ve seen the dedicated members of staff stationed next to the trolley banks at your local supermarket, ready to sanitise handles should you require a shopping cart.

There’s also the colourful signage on the floors next to checkout counters, encouraging you to maintain a safe distance from other shoppers.

These are positive signs to promote the unsung heroes. Read more at:Khaleej Times

News update: Work permits, residence visas to be issued automatically in UAE

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The Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation and the Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship have announced exemption of medical tests for workers whose work permits have expired.

Work permits and residence visas will be issued and renewed automatically for labourers employed by companies and support service staff such as domestic workers as part of precautionary measures taken by the UAE to curb the spread of Covid-19.

Read more at: Khaljeej Times

News update: Coronavirus in UAE: Indian passport services suspended in Dubai

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The services will remain suspended until April 7.

Indian passport services at all centres in Dubai and the Northern Emirates have been suspended. The Consulate General of Dubai tweeted an advisory confirming this on Tuesday.

The consulate said that the services will remain suspended until April 7.

“Any emergency case can be brought to the notice of the consulate via an email to passport.dubai@mea.gov.in with documents explaining the emergency,” the advisory said.

Consulate officials will revert within 24 hours, it added.

Meanwhile, the Indian Embassy in Abu Dhabi said that it will process only those applications where the passport of expatriates have either expired or will be expiring by April 30, 2020, until further notice. The embassy is also temporarily suspending normal attestation services.

“If someone has an emergency attestation requirement, he/she could scan and send the documents, explaining the emergency through email on cons.abudhabi@mea.gov.in. Embassy will reply to all the emails received up till 4pm on all working days, and if approved, will provide attestation service, on next working day.”

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News update:Coronavirus in UAE: Sheikh Mohammed posts emotional video, launches drive to thank health workers

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Dubai Ruler thanks the first line of defence.

His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, has launched an online campaign to thank healthcare workers in the UAE.

Taking to Twitter, Sheikh Mohammed invited everyone to thank doctors, nurses, paramedics and hospital administrators. Residents can express their gratitude with #ThankYouHeroes.

Sheikh Mohammed shared a video that showed the chaotic circumstances healthcare workers toil under. One scene showed a healthcare professional leaving his phone on a table as he rushes to assist an emergency case. A WhatsApp photo he received shows a girl celebrating her birthday captioned: “We wish you were here.” His reply – “Tell her that I miss her” – remained unsent.

Read more at: Khaleej Times

News Update: Coronavirus: Abu Dhabi suspends rental evictions, freezing bank accounts

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The move is in line with UAE’s keenness to support members of society and reduce their burdens during the current situation.

His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, on Monday directed the Abu Dhabi Judicial Department to halt all rental property eviction cases currently underway, along with executive procedures like imprisonment, blocking of bank accounts, seizure of vehicles, stocks and assets for a period of two months.

The decision exempts cases related to alimony and labour disputes.

The move is in line with the UAE government’s keenness to support members of society and reduce their burdens during the current situation.

Source: Khaleej Times

 

#PhotoSpeaks – Salute the unsung heroes

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At 3:25 am, the Khaleej Times newspaper is already at my door step. Thank you guys. You are part of our unsung heroes!.

In this present situation, it is our duty say thank you to you, for continuing to do, what you have been doing all these years. Whether it is rain, sandstorm, or now, Covid-19, You are always duty bound to be ahead.

For all, this is the best time, if you are with your children to bring back the old habit of reading aloud from the printed books, magazines and newspapers. Try it out!.

Thank you and #WorkingTogetherWorks – We all will follow government and regulatory guidelines and will win over this phase too.

Best wishes to all #unsungheroes – who make things happen these days.

@rameshmenonauh / #TalentShare / RameshMenonAbuDhabi

23 March 2020 / 3:25 AM

 

News update:#StayHome: UAE tells residents to avoid parks, restaurants, beaches to fight Covid-19

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A new campaign urging residents to stay home has been launched in the UAE. This is among the several initiatives the country has launched to combat the spread of Covid-19.

On Saturday, Dr Farida Al Hosani, the official spokesperson for the health sector in the country, stressed on the message during her briefing about the latest updates of the Covid-19 situation.

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News U Wish To Read – 7 August 2017

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News U Wish to read - 6 August 2017

Energy

It’s a buyer’s market for LNG

The National

More liquefied natural gas (LNG) coming into the market will keep prices depressed despite an increase in demand from Asia, analysts said.

LNG producers are ramping up from Qatar to Australia and the United States, while Egypt is expected to emerge as a new export player.

Australia has increased its market share in the first half of the year to 20 per cent from 12 per cent last year, according to BMI Research, and  its exports are forecast to grow by 23 per cent over the financial year to the end of June, according to Australian energy advisory firm, EnergyQuest.

Published: 5 August 2017

Follow: https://www.thenational.ae/business/energy/it-s-a-buyer-s-market-for-lng-1.616942

Adnoc active on the debt front as it pushes ahead with transformation strategy

The National

The Abu Dhabi National Oil Company is studying a number of fund raising options at both group and asset level that will help unlock value and optimise the group’s balance sheet as it pushes ahead with its new approach to drive growth.

Adnoc is in discussions with banks for a club loan of approximately US$5 billion that will be used for ongoing corporate activities. It is also looking into financing options for select midstream infrastructure assets including potentially tapping debt capital markets via a bond issuance. Plans are at an early stage so the size and scope of any potential bond issuance has not been decided. The company said it has no intention to issue bonds at the holding or main operating company levels such as Adco, Adma-Opco and Zadco.

Published: 02 August 2017

Follow: https://www.thenational.ae/business/energy/adnoc-active-on-the-debt-front-as-it-pushes-ahead-with-transformation-strategy-1.616399

Total Ready to Make Acquisitions as Financial Strength Grows

Bloomberg

Total SA said it’s ready and able to make acquisitions and pursue growth, shrugging off uncertainties about oil prices as its financial position strengthens.

Europe’s second-largest oil and gas company has the firepower to buy up fields on the cheap and press ahead with new developments, taking advantage of lower levels of debt, rising profit and surging cash flow, according to a statement Thursday.

“Total has a stronger balance sheet,” Chief Executive Officer Patrick Pouyanne said as the company reported second-quarter earnings that beat expectations. “The group has the flexibility to take advantage of the low-cost environment by being able to launch profitable projects and acquire resources under attractive conditions.”

Published: 27 July 2017

Follow: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-07-27/total-ready-to-make-acquisitions-as-financial-strength-grows

Politics & Economy

Indian rupee to get stronger, NRIs should remit now

Khaleej Times

If you’re a non-resident Indian (NRI) and looking to remit a handsome amount back home or planning to buy a property or invest in any venture, the time is now.

Going by views of analysts and industry executives, the Indian currency is likely to strengthen further against the US dollar — thereby against the UAE dirham, because the Emirati currency is pegged to the greenback — in the wake of Reserve Bank of India’s (RBI) decision to cut interest rates last week, and may strengthen as much as 1.1 per cent.

Published: 7 August 2017

Follow: http://www.khaleejtimes.com/business/economy/indian-rupee-to-get-stronger-nris-should-remit-now

Looking for a job in UAE? Here’s the salary guide

Khaleej Times

Starting salaries for professional roles in finance and accounting, financial services, technology and administration in the UAE will grow by 2.5 per cent over the next year, according to the Robert Half 2017 Salary Guide.

The guide is the most comprehensive and authoritative resource on starting salaries and recruitment trends in finance and accounting, financial services, IT, legal, and HR and administration. The Salary Guide enables employers and employees to benchmark salaries for over 185 different permanent professional roles in the UAE.

According to the survey, competition for the best candidates is heating up in the UAE with 68 per cent of employers planning to attract new employees in 2017 and on an average, pay scales could increase by up to 5.8 per cent in comparison to 2016.

Published: 6 August 2017

Follow: http://www.khaleejtimes.com/news/general/looking-for-a-job-in-uae-heres-the-salary-guide

Community, Environment & Society

Year 2018 to celebrate Zayed’s vision

Gulf News

Abu Dhabi: President His Highness Shaikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan has declared 2018 the “Year of Zayed” in the United Arab Emirates.

The year 2018 marks 100 years since the birth of the late founding father Shaikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan, and yesterday’s announcement is coinciding with the anniversary of Shaikh Zayed’s Accession Day, the day he assumed leadership in Abu Dhabi on August 6, 1966, marking the start of a new epoch in the history of the country.

Published: 6 August 2017

Follow: http://gulfnews.com/news/uae/government/year-2018-to-celebrate-zayed-s-vision-1.2069463

Apply for UAE visa from comfort of your own home

Gulf News

You can now, from the comfort of your home, complete applications related to nationality, and residence, without having to visit typing offices or customer service centres.The Ministry of the Interior on Tuesday launched “E-channels”, a new system of smart services that lets nationals and residents apply for entry permits and residency visas within 10 minutes.

Published: 01st August 2017

Follow:http://gulfnews.com/news/uae/government/apply-for-uae-visa-from-comfort-of-your-own-home-1.2067647

Thousands of road-safety breaches by lorry drivers leads to police campaign

The National

More than 30,000 fines have been issued to lorry drivers in Dubai in the first six months of this year alone for not abiding by road safety rules.

Police on Tuesday launched a one-month lorry driver safety campaign in a bid to reduce the number serious accidents and deaths involving heavy-goods vehicles. So far this year there have been 14 serious accidents and 15 deaths involving HGVs on Dubai roads.

Published: 01 August 2017

Follow: https://www.thenational.ae/uae/transport/thousands-of-road-safety-breaches-by-lorry-drivers-leads-to-police-campaign-1.616104

Don’t come on visit visas for job hunting, Indians told

Gulf News

Indian Consulate asks expatriates to verify job offers and visas before arriving in the UAE. Indian jobseekers should not come to the UAE on visit visas and must authenticate their employment offers and entry permit visas before heading to the UAE, the Indian Consulate in Dubai has said. The advisory from the mission follows high numbers of calls and visits by Indian workers who have been duped by agents or employers on a regular basis. “We have got several cases of people falling into trouble when they come for employment or for looking for employment on visit visas. There are also cases of women being forced to work as maids etc by dubious agents who get them to the UAE on visit visas as well as sending them to Oman and other countries.”

Published: 02 August 2017

Follow: http://gulfnews.com/news/uae/society/don-t-come-on-visit-visas-for-job-hunting-indians-told-1.2067777

Technology

iPhones, Facebook and internet are sucking our time and making us miserable

AFR.COM

In a past life, we served on our local council. Despite the impressive size of our gross budget, our free choice in spending was remarkably limited.

By the time our road grants were spent on roads, child care funding on child care, the indoor and outdoor staff paid and the rubbish collected, funds for truly discretionary spending were tight. According to Associate Professor Adam Alter, a psychologist at New York University, the days of our lives are just like that.

Published: 4 August 2017

Follow: http://www.afr.com/technology/mobiles-and-tablets/iphones-facebook-and-a-neverending-internet-are-sucking-our-time-and-making-us-miserable-20170803-gxom8o

Sports


Gatlin spoils Bolt’s farewell in 100m with remarkable gold

Khaleej Times

Usain Bolt was no longer stunning. He was just stunned.

At the end of a career in which he has dominated his sport for a decade, Bolt was beaten in his final 100-meter race by an American almost five years his senior – Justin Gatlin.

Calling it quits at the age of 30 and looking for a golden farewell in his last individual race at the world championships, Bolt lost to a man who produced a comeback not only on Saturday but also through a doping-tainted career.

Published: 6 August 2017

Follow: http://www.khaleejtimes.com/sport/athletics/gatlin-spoils-bolts-farewell-in-100m-with-remarkable-gold