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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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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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60 Indian sailors stranded in UAE ports without salaries, CGI reveals

As many as sixty Indian sailors are stranded on various ships at the UAE ports and anchorages, Consul General of India in Dubai Mr. Vipul has reportedly said. “These sailors are stranded on 13 or 14 vessels and have not been paid for months. They are living in very bad conditions on these vessels,” Vipul told Arabian Business. According to the CGI, the sailors are not willing to leave unless they get their salaries. The Consulate has tried to get in touch with the vessel owners to resolve their issues, but the situation is quite complicated. “The ships are registered in one country, while the owner is based in another country, which makes the issue far more complicated,” he said. The CGI urged sailors not to fall prey to dubious agents in India. “Sailors should check and verify the claims of these agents. It is in their interest to validate the job offers…

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Indian owner goes missing after UAE-based money exchange shuts down

The Indian owner of a UAE-based money exchange has gone missing since few days and all their branches across UAE have shut down, media reports said. Unexpected closure of “Smart Exchange”, which has six branches – three in Dubai, two in Abu Dhabi and one in Sharjah – has created panic among scores of customers in the UAE, Khaleej Times reported. Duped customers alleged that Indian national A.S. who jointly owns Smart Exchange with a UAE national, has absconded after pocketing hundreds of thousands of dirhams. Customers who wired money to their home countries through the exchange house said they have been left devastated as their hard-earned savings vanished overnight. According to the report, customers have lost amounts between Dh 1,000 and Dh 45,000 in individual transfers. “I lost nearly Dh 17,500 I had sent home. I am shocked beyond words,” Arun Murugan from Tamil Nadu told Khaleej Times. Another victim from Kerala who…

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Indian expat gets jail, AED 500,000 fine for insulting religion on Facebook

An Indian expatriate, working as a welder in Dubai, has been sentenced to one year in jail and AED 500,000 fine on charges of insulting Islam on social media. The Court of First Instance was earlier told the 31-year-old worker posted the messages on Facebook in which he disrespected Prophet Mohammed (PBUH), Khaleej Times reported. Even though he deleted all the posts and details on his account shortly later, copies of the messages were obtained, translated and used as evidence by the public prosecution in the case against him. Public prosecution records show the defendant tried to flee the UAE shortly after posting the messages. The complaint was filed on November 6 last year, at Al Rashidiya police station by an Indian man who read the messages. The accused was arrested two days later while trying to leave the country. His mobile phone from which he made the posts was…

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Indian schools in UAE achieve strong results in CBSE Class 12 exams

Indian schools in the UAE have mostly reported high scores in the CBSE Class 12 results, announced on Sunday. A number of schools noted a 100 per cent pass rate, with typically one-fifth or one-third of students scoring above 90 per cent. CBSE (Central Board of Secondary Education) is India’s biggest school board and over a million students sat its exams in India and elsewhere this year. In the UAE, more than 2,000 pupils appeared for the CBSE exams this year. Meghna Savit from Indian High School (IHS) in Dubai scored 98.4 per cent in Science stream, reportedly the highest in the UAE. Savit, 17, said she had expected to do well, but was “surprised to learn this is highest score in the UAE”. “There’s no secret to success in studies. You should understand the concepts rather than just memorise things,” she added. Savit said she plans to enrol in…

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UAE fuel prices to be cheaper in June

UAE’s Ministry of Energy on Sunday announced new fuel prices for June. The per litre prices are Super 98 for Dh1.96, down from Dh2.01 in May; Special 95 for Dh1.85, down from Dh1.90; E Plus-91 for Dh1.78, reduced from Dh1.83. Diesel price has been reduced to Dh1.90 per litre in June from Dh1.97 in May. The new prices will come into effect from June 1. Fuel prices are linked to international crude oil prices. Brent, the global benchmark is currently trading at $52.15 per barrel, whereas US crude West Texas Intermediate at $49.80 per barrel. Fuel prices have mostly been witnessing an upward trend since the start of the year in the UAE, with the first decrease noted in April and followed by another drop now for June. Global oil producers have agreed to extend oil output cuts – which were in place for the first six months of this year…

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Indian businessman in UAE to pay for expat prisoners’ tickets

A Dubai-based Indian businessman has come to their rescue of debt-ridden expat prisoners in UAE by pledging to donate AED 480,000 a year to fund the return tickets. The Indian billionaire, Firoz Merchant, founder and chairman of Pure Gold Jewellers, has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the UAE’s Faraj Fund, a charity that is devoted for the welfare of inmates. Faraj Fund was established in 2009 by the UAE Ministry of Social Affairs to give priority assistance to indigent inmates and their families. “We will donate AED 40,000 every month to the fund as part of the ‘Year of Giving’ and this will help pay for air tickets of released prisoners, irrespective of their nationality or religion,” a company spokesperson told Arabian Business. “These prisoners are victims of circumstances and are not real criminals. They are in jail because of debt,” Merchant reportedly told local media. “In unison…

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UAE announces Ramadan work hours and school timings

The government of the UAE has announced the Ramadan timings for the government sector employees. Ramadan working hours for government sector employees in the UAE will be five hours, according to the Federal Authority for Government Human Resources. Employees will work from 9am until 2pm, the announcement stated. Private companies are not required to follow the same timings as the public  sector. However, according to Article 65 of UAE Labour Law, normal working hours shall be reduced by 2 hours during Ramadan. Reduced hours for schools The UAE Ministry of Education has announced that students will attend up to five hours of classes during Ramadan. According to a statement issued to local Arabic media, the ministry said that the new Ramadan school timings will commence on Sunday, May 28, 2017. “The school day during the month of Ramadan in all schools will be a maximum of five hours,” announced the ministry. It also stated that boys’ schools will start at 8am,…

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UAE, Indian officials explore new potential economic partnerships

UAE Minister of Economy Sultan bin Saeed Al Mansouri and President of the Confederation of Indian Industry, CII, Shobana Kamineni, have discussed prospects for creating new economic and trade partnerships between the two countries. UAE investments in India stand at US$10 billion, making the UAE the biggest Arab source of foreign direct investment, FDI, in the subcontinent, and the tenth biggest globally. Indian investments in the UAE stand at US$6 billion, Al Mansouri noted during the meeting attended by senior officials and businessmen from both countries. Non-oil trade between the UAE and India stood at $36 billion in 2016. More than 4300 Indian registered companies are operating in the UAE, he said. He emphasised that the two countries share an interest in furthering economic relations and exploring new partnerships to increase bilateral trade and investments. Describing the UAE’s relations with India as strong, historic and unique, Al Mansouri noted that…

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