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Selected news stories from the United Arab Emirates. The must read and most discussed news from the seven emirates in UAE – Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Sharjah, Ajman, Ras Al Khaima, Fujairah and Umm Al Quwain.

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Sikh temple in Dubai organises Iftar party for Muslims

To demonstrate the spirit of tolerance and giving, a Sikh temple in Dubai gathered 120 Muslims, Sikhs, Hindus and Christians from different nationalities for an Iftar meet-up. The temple, Gurunanak Darbar Gurudwara, hosted the residents of over 30 nationalities to celebrate the holy month of Ramadan and support the Muslim community in breaking their fast in an multicultural setting. Exchanging handshakes and pleasantries, the guests — men, women and children — enjoyed a vegetarian iftar at a specially-arranged area in the langar while regular visitors feasted on the other side of the hall. This is the fifth time that the Sikh temple in Jebel Ali is organising an inter-faith iftar, said Surender Singh Kandhari, chairman of the gurudwara. The temple is known for offering free food to visitors from its community kitchen, called “langar”. What was common among everyone inside the place of worship was a head covering. Many Muslims…

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UAE announces Eid-Al-Fitr holiday for public sector

UAE’s Federal Authority for government human resources has announced that Eid Al Fitr holiday for federal ministries and authorities in the UAE will begin on Saturday, 29th Ramadan (corresponding to June 24), official news agency WAM has reported. If Eid falls on Sunday, June 25, work will resume on Wednesday, June 28. If Eid falls on Monday, June 26, the holiday will still begin on Saturday, Ramadan 29, with work resuming on Sunday, July 2. The Federal Authority for Government Human Resources conveyed greetings to The President, His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, and Their Highnesses the Supreme Council Members and Rulers of the Emirates. The authority…

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200 Muslims offer Maghrib prayers inside Indian community’s church in UAE

In a rare and heart-warming gesture of communal harmony, more than 200 Muslims were invited to perform Maghrib prayers inside a Christian church in UAE last Friday. According to a report on Gulf News, St George Jacobite Syrian Orthodox Simhasana Cathedral in Al Ain, conducted the iftar get-together for Asian road workers residing in a labour accommodation near the church. After the iftar, the church – which caters to around 270 families from Indian state of Kerala – offered the facility for Maghrib prayers, which was gladly accepted by the Muslim attendees. “All of them said that it was the first time they had offered prayers in another religious shrine. They said it was their privilege and thanked us for this rare opportunity,” Bobin Skariya, convener of the Iftar Committee told Gulf News. Some church members were concerned about whether Muslims would be hesitant to offer prayers in a church.…

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Two Indians win Million Dollar each in Dubai Duty Free promotion

Two more Indians have won $1 million (Rs 6.4 crores) each in Dubai Duty Free’s (DDF) Millennium Millionaire promotion last week. Arjun Harish Nayaka from Sharjah (ticket 4625) was announced the winner in the Millennium Millionaire Series No 244. Nayaka, who works for WSP Engineering Consultancy in Dubai, was thrilled. “It’s a truly memorable day for me and my family. I can’t wait to share the news with my wife and son who are coming back to Dubai after a short holiday in India. We will be delighted to meet the Dubai Duty Free team who made this happen,” he said. The second dollar millionaire was Vijayaram P.K, a 46-year-old engineer at Al Futtaim Carillion, who won in Series No 245 with ticket 2294. He is a regular participant in the promotion. Meanwhile, Emirati Saadi Al Rais will be claiming his third prize from Dubai Duty Free after winning in…

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Dubai government employees to get June salary early

Sheikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-Presiddent and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, has ordered an early salary deposit for Dubai government employees in June. The gesture is aimed at helping families meet their needs and requirements during Eid Al Fitr. Government employees will receive their salaries on June 15, ten days ahead of Eid. The Dubai Government has started taking the necessary steps to implement Shaikh Mohammad’s directives. Abdul Rahman Saleh Al Saleh, Director of Dubai’s Department of Finance, expressed his heartfelt thanks to Shaikh Mohammad for the gesture, which he said reflects the Ruler’s keenness to support government employees in meeting their families’ requirements and help them spend quality time with them during the upcoming holiday. Published on 10 June 2017

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Dubai roads change colour to red to indicate new speed limits

Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has started coloring asphalt in “Red” in parts of streets subject to change in speed limits, a statement from Dubai Govt Media Office said. The initiative will be on roads such as  Oud Metha Street (near Bu Kadrah Interchange) along the extension of Dubai-Al Ain Street, where the maximum speed limit is reduced from 100 km/h to 80 km/h. Inviting attention of road uses Eng. Maitha bin Adai, CEO of RTA’s Traffic and Roads Agency, said: “The experiment had been carried out at a certain location of Oud Metha Street near Bu Kadrah Interchange along the Dubai-Al Ain Street. The process involved coloring all lanes in an eye-catching style such that the step would help in inviting the attention of road users to the new speed limit. Asphalt coloring would be implemented in phases at locations subject to speed change in some other vital roads in the…

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UAE clarifies rumours about changes in residency laws

UAE’s Ministry of Interior on Thursday clarified that no amendments have been made to the country’s residency laws. In a statement issued on its official Instagram page, the ministry dismissed rumours on social media that some changes had been made to residency laws. @dubaipolicehq @adpolicehq @shjpolice @rakpoliceghq @ajmanpolice @uaq_police @fujpoliceghq #وزارة_الداخلية#أبوظبي#الإعلام_الأمني#الإمارات #MOI#MOIUAE#AbuDhabi#UAE#security_media ‏ A post shared by Ministry Of Interior- UAE (@moiuae) on Jun 8, 2017 at 7:22am PDT The ministry urged people not to believe such rumours, and instead rely on the announcements made through the ministry’s official channels such as its website and social media accounts. The ministry also warned people against spreading rumours, or fake news, on social media as they will be prosecuted for cyber crime. Here is the full text of the statement: “The Ministry of Interior would like to advise the public that any new law or any amendment to laws related o services…

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After Saudi Arabia, UAE and Bahrain close down Qatar Airways offices

UAE General Civil Aviation Authority has announced it will shut down all Qatar Airways offices in the country. In a statement released on Wednesday, the authority said, “The UAE General Civil Aviation Authority has taken the decision to close all offices of Qatar Airways in the United Arab Emirates with immediate effect.” Fellow GCC state Bahrain also revoked Qatar Airways’ licence on Tuesday, and ordered its offices to be shut within 48 hours. The move comes a day after Saudi Arabia’s General Authority of Civil Aviation (GACA) revoked the license of Qatar Airways and ordered its offices to to be closed within 48 hours. Saudi Arabia, UAE, Bahrain and Egypt had announced the suspension of all flights to and from Qatar as of Tuesday morning. Published on 7 June 2017

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Mind your words; Qatar supporters to face fine, jail term in UAE

Supporting or sympathising with State of Qatar through social media, or any type of written, visual or verbal form will be considered an offence in the United Arab Emirates, citizens and residents have been warned. 15 years jail, AED 500,000 fine Qatari sympathisers may face a jail term up to 15 years and be slapped with a fine not less than half a million dirhams, reports on UAE newspapers said. In a statement issued to Arabic media on Wednesday early morning, Counsellor Dr Hamad Saif Al Shamsi, UAE Attorney-General, announced that the UAE has taken a firm stance against Qatar’s hostile and irresponsible policies. Strict and firm action against supporters “Strict and firm action will be taken against anyone who shows sympathy or any form of bias towards Qatar, or against anyone who objects to the position of the United Arab Emirates, whether it be through the means of social media, or any type of…

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Money Exchange scam: UAE Central Bank refunds remittance money to customers

Within a week after a UAE-based money exchange shut its doors, the country’s Central Bank has started refunding customers who lost money in remittance. A number of customers told Arabian Business they have received their money from the exchange house. “I got a full refund after I went to the money exchange centre near Burjuman. There was a central bank officer who asked me to sign a sheet, which mentioned that ‘the money was being refunded due to delay in sending’,” said S. Sanjeev, an Indian. “I appreciate the work of Central Bank, particularly during the Ramadan time. Now, I will no longer be using a small exchange house. My priority is to ensure my money reaches my home and so I have decided to use only the big remittance houses,” he added. Last week, the Indian owner of the exchange group had reportedly fled the country, with a large number of customers losing…

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