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Selected latest news stories from the GCC – Qatar, UAE, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Oman and Bahrain. Stories focus on topics concerning Indians across the Gulf.

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India Govt urges Gulf countries to raise wages

India is pressing the Gulf countries to raise the wages of millions of Indians working there, in a drive that could secure it billions of dollars in fresh income but risks pricing some of its citizens out of the market. Over 5 million nationals are believed to be employed in the oil exporting states of the Gulf, the single largest group in a migrant worker population of more than 20 million. Migrants account for nearly half of the roughly 50 million population of the six-nation Gulf Cooperation Council. So India’s campaign for much higher pay could have an impact on economies around the region, especially if it leads to a general increase in wages for workers from other big labour-supplying countries such as Pakistan and Bangladesh. Over the past seven months, diplomats in Bahrain, Kuwait, Qatar, Oman, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates have sharply increased the minimum salaries…

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Deported expats will face GCC-wide ban

Gulf Co-operation Council (GCC) countries have started applying a law that bans expatriates deported from any of the six countries from entering the rest of them, according to Manafez Dubai, the official newsletter of the General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs Dubai (GDRFA). A report in its September issue of the newsletter said the new law is based on the GCC security pact. “Moreover, the country which deports an expatriate will be allowed to take the deportee’s fingerprints and share the information with the rest of the GCC countries,” it said. It said the GCC countries are coordinating efforts to control drugs with exchanges of information, including names of smugglers, their modus operandi and data. Case to case O.V. Musthafa Zafeer of Musthafa & Almana International Legal Consultants said: “The GCC-wide entry ban for deported expats is not automatic, except in drug-related cases. Otherwise, it is applied on a…

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B.R. Shetty promises 5,000 nurses jobs

As many as 5,000 nurses in Kerala can look for a well-paying job in the Middle East in the next one year, Abu Dhabi-based business tycoon B.R. Shetty said at Thiruvananthapuram on Saturday. Shetty, MD and CEO of UAE Exchange Centre and one who owns the SUT-NMC group of hospitals, said 5,000 nurses will be placed in one year. Shetty told reporters: “The salary and the working conditions would be the best in the industry. I have full faith in the Kerala nurses because their quality is highly commendable. The number is immaterial. I will be able to provide jobs to any number of nurses and it will be done without any charge.” He said this after an agreement between the Kerala Academy for Skills Excellence (KASE) and the SUT-NMC group of hospitals for setting up the KASE-Centre of Excellence in Nursing in the capital city was done. Shetty said: “In this…

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Indian expats from Doha dies in Muscat accident

A Doha resident Hafza (45), and her relative Salim (37) were killed while five people were injured in a road accident late in the evening in Muscat yesterday. There were 11 passengers, including women and children, in the ill-fated vehicle. The victims were returning to Muscat after a pleasure trip to Jabal Akdhar mountains. According to the sources, the vehicle lost control while driving down the mountain and crashed. The injured, one of which is critical, are being treated in Nizwa hospital. All the passengers were from the south Indian state of Kerala. The four wheel-drive vehicle has capacity for seven persons but the authorities allowed eleven passengers as some children were among the travellers. Sajid, one of the injured persons, from Perambra in  Kozhikode district, runs a supermarket in Ibra in Muscat. His family and some of his guests from Doha were travelling in the vehicle. Children miraculously escaped…

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Now Indians can get online visa to Bahrain

Travelling to Bahrain has been made easier for Indians with recent changes in policy that came to existence yesterday (1st Oct 2014). Indian Passport holders can obtain a 14 days online visa before visiting the Gulf nation. E-visas can be obtained ahead of travel through a simple online application process, making the process of travelling to the country practical and convenient, for both business and leisure. If you are an Indian with valid Residence Permit for a GCC country, you are eligible for the following visa types: Ordinary Visa for 7 days (on arrival in Bahrain) e-Visa for 3 or 7 days (to be applied online) Causeway visa for 3 or 7 days (issued at the border on the causeway from Saudi Arabia) Visit e-Visa for 14 days (to be applied online) If you are an Indian without any other visa, you are eligible for: Visit E-Visa for 14 days (to be applied online) Eligibility can be quickly checked via…

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Meet the richest Indians in Middle East

Seven NRIs based in Middle East were included among the 100 Richest Indians List released by Forbes Magazine this week. Reliance Industries chairman Mukesh Ambani is No. 1 for the eighth year in a row, while Dilip Shanghvi, founder of Sun Pharmaceutical Industries, who got richer this year by $4.1 billion, is the new No. 2, displacing steel baron Lakshmi Mittal, who slips to fifth place. For the first time in history, the top 100 are all billionaires, with combined wealth of $346 billion, up more than a third from 11 months ago. The Middle East based Indians who found place in the elite list are : #17 – Micky Jagtiani – $ 5.1 Billion The Dubai- headquartered Landmark Group that Micky Jagtiani founded in 1973 with one store in Bahrain generates more than $5 billion revenues annually from 1,800 stores across the Middle East, Africa and India. it reportedly plans to open 50 more stores…

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