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#MindSpeaks : When we cross milestones unknowingly!

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Just noticed a special anniversary celebration passed away without getting to notice!. 42nd anniversary of one of the most prominent newspapers in the UAE – Khaleej Times.

I consider it as a real honor to be featured in their 40th anniversary edition of #KhaleejTimes 2 years ago. Thank you @khaleejtimes It’s getting better and better every year – both the print and online version. Of course the social media interaction and videos too are outstanding.

The paper has been an integral part for me in promoting my photograhy and writing talent as well as highlight community issues.

Life goes on….

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.

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.”

Source: Khaleej Times

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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