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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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Dubai-based teenager bags NRI of the Year Award

A Dubai-based Indian teenager, Simran Vedvyas, has bagged the NRI of the Year Award 2017 in Mumbai, India. Simran Vedvyas, 18 received the prestigious award given on Tuesday in Mumbai, India. The NRI of the Year Awards, now in its fourth year and presented by Times Now, ICICI Bank and Global Indian International School, gives recognition to expat Indians who are considered as “heroes who make India proud and inspire millions back home to further hone their skills and chase their dreams.” Currently pursuing her undergraduate honours degree at the University of Toronto, Canada, Simran was born and raised in Dubai. She bagged the award in the Academics Category in the award’s fourth edition, said a press release. “Simran is persuasive, ambitious, dependable, an achiever who thoroughly enjoys executing anything with a big impact,” the jury noted. The youngest recipient of Emirates Women of the Year – Young Achiever for…

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Indian nurse found dead in Dubai apartment

A 30-year-old Indian nurse, hailing from Kottayam district in Kerala, was found dead inside her flat in Dubai. The deceased has been identified as Santhi Thomas, who was living with her husband Jobi (Antony) in Karama. According to media reports, Joby found her hanging from the fan in the bedroom when he got back from work on Saturday. Santhi, who was working with a private hospital, was the daughter of KV Thomas, the former vice president of the Payippad panchayat in Changanassery.  Santhi had been married to Joby for four years and joined him in Dubai around two years ago. The couple has a three-year-old daughter, who has been living with Joby’s family in Kerala. The Dubai Police have begun investigation into the death and interrogated Joby as her relatives alleged foul play. “Santhi’s parents said the couple had some discord between them and the child is living with her…

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Sharjah Airport launches Smart Gates to avoid long queues

The Sharjah Airport Authority on Sunday launched a new Smart Gates system at its passport control that will help avoid long queues for having entries and exits stamped. The system had a soft launch as a trial in November last year with 8,500 passengers using the system successfully, Gulf News reported. As many as 16 Smart Gates are available at passport control, eight at the arrivals and eight at the departures, where registered passengers can just scan scan their passports and boarding cards and leave. Passengers will have to do a one-time registration to avail the system, which can be done either at the arrivals or departure. Registration counters are also available at Sharjah Immigration offices. “The system was introduced as part of our efforts to ease the passage through Sharjah International Airport right from parking to boarding,” said Ali Salem Al Midfa, Chairman of Sharjah Airport Authority. More than…

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Processing UAE residency permit now needs 50% less time

UAE’s ministries of Interior, Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Health and Prevention, and Human Resources and Emiratisation and Emirates Identity Authority have announced measures to reduce by 50 per cent the time required to process a transaction for the issue of a residency permit. The move is part of the world’s first government accelerators, a new government approach that will accelerate the achievement of the National Agenda of the UAE Vision 2021. Launched by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, the accelerators have multiple tasks and responsibilities to boost the pace for achieving the goals of the National Agenda and projects. The government bodies will also be tasked with implementing joint projects in record time to transform government services to advanced standards by 2021. Dr. Hussain Al Rand, Assistant Under-Secretary for Health Centres and Clinics, Ministry of…

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Indian expatriate to reunite with family after 35 years

An Indian expatriate in the UAE, who has not seen his family for nearly 35 years, will soon be reunited with his brothers back home, Gulf News has reported. Jai Singh, 67, had lost contact with his family over the years and three years back, due to being an illegal, he ended up in jail. Singh, who speaks only Marathi and broken Arabic, has forgotten the contact details of his brothers back home, the report says. According to officials, the man had initially worked as a newspaper delivery boy in the first seven to eight years of his stay in the UAE. After he lost the job due to salary disputes, he could not renew his visa and he also lost his passport. Finally, he was arrested for overstaying in the country. After his case was notified by the jail authorities to the Indian Consulate in Dubai for assistance for…

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WhatsApp video, voice calls blocked again in UAE

UAE residents on Thursday morning were overjoyed when the blocked video, voice call features on WhatsApp was enabled after a several months. Social media was abuzz with messages and tweets announcing the “good news”. Mobile phones did not stop ringing as elated residents took the opportunity to freely connect with their friends and family back home. However the joy was short-lived as UAE’s telecommunication authority once again restricted the use of WhatsApp’s voice and video-calling services by afternoon. UAE’s Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) was quick to clarify that there was no change in the Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) policy in the country. WhatsApp’s call functions are not licensed in the UAE, meaning they are effectively blocked. The Telecommunications Regulatory Authority said the service should not be available and was unaware of any changes that would allow access. TRA said in the statement that any applications or services of this…

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Eid Al Fitr holidays for private sector in UAE announced

The first and second days of Eid will be paid holidays for private sector employees in the UAE, the Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation announced on Saturday. Earlier, the Federal Authority for Government Human Resources (FAHR) announced that the Eid Al Fitr holiday for federal ministries and authorities in the UAE will begin on Saturday, Ramadan 29 (corresponding to June 24). 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 President His Highness Shaikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan; His Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai; His Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Abu Dhabi Crown Prince and…

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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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