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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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Nipah virus alert: UAE asks residents to avoid Kerala trips

The UAE on Thursday asked travellers to postpone unnecessary trips to Kerala till the Nipah virus outbreak in the south Indian state becomes under control. In a media statement, the Ministry of Health and Prevention (MOHAP) alerted people travelling to Kerala to be aware of the possibility of contracting the infection and advised them to postpone unnecessary travel till the situation will be controlled. “The ministry works with its strategic partners to assess the risk of importation of Nipah virus (NiV) cases to the country and put the necessary control measures. Also, Mohap is in continuous coordination with the World Health Organisation (WHO) to implement the global recommendations,” read the statement. In a statement Dubai-based airline, Emirates said that they are monitoring the situation closely. The statement read: “Emirates is aware of recent Nipah cases reported in the state of Kerala, India. The safety of our passengers and crew will…

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UAE, India discuss bilateral cooperation

Dr. Ahmed Abdul Rahman Al-Banna, UAE Ambassador to India, has met with Shri M. J. Akbar, Minister of State for External Affairs of India, and discussed bilateral cooperation to ensure and provide an enabling environment to support the development of both countries. During the meeting, Dr. Al-Banna and Akbar emphasised their commitment to further strengthening bilateral cooperation across various sectors and deepen the close and friendly relationship between the two countries. The two sides also discussed preparations for the upcoming visit of H.H. Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, to India. Dr. Al-Banna said that India enjoys close and multifaceted bilateral relations with the UAE, which is supported by regular high-level visits and strong contacts. He also noted that the recent high-level visits have contributed to raising the level of relationship to a comprehensive strategic partnership. The UAE Ambassador also expressed appreciation for…

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Around 2,000 prisoners to be released ahead of Ramadan in UAE

Rulers of three emirates in the UAE have ordered the release of around 2,000 prisoners ahead of the holy month of Ramadan. On Tuesday, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, has ordered the release of 700 prisoners ahead of the holy month of Ramadan. Announcing the news on Twitter on Tuesday, the Dubai Media Office said the pardoned prisoners are from various nationalities. Earlier, the President, His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan had ordered the release of 935 prisoners who had been sentenced in various cases. The release of prisoners comes within the framework of President’s keenness to give them an opportunity to start a new life and alleviate the suffering of their families. His Highness Dr Sheikh Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Member of the Supreme Council and Ruler of Sharjah, has also ordered the…

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Abu Dhabi’s Adnoc considers investment in Indian refinery

Abu Dhabi National Oil Co. is looking into acquiring a stake in an Indian refinery as it plans to invest $45 billion at home to expand its Ruwais refining and petrochemicals complex. The government energy producer known as Adnoc is considering, among other business opportunities, joining Saudi Aramco in a potential investment in the Ratnagiri refinery project in India, Chief Executive Officer Sultan Al Jaber said in an interview with Bloomberg Television in Abu Dhabi. Adnoc also plans to invest $45 billion over five years to expand the Ruwais complex’s refining capacity by more than 65 percent, or 600,000 barrels a day, by 2025, Al Jaber said earlier in Abu Dhabi. BP Plc is considering an investment in Ruwais, Chief Executive Officer Bob Dudley said in an interview. The expansion would create a total capacity of 1.5 million barrels a day for Ruwais, he said. “We are extending an invitation…

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Indian businessman inducted into Abu Dhabi Police’s community wing

Firoz Merchant, a philanthropist and founder and chairman of Pure Gold Group, was recognised by the Abu Dhabi Police for his significant philanthropic contributions to the country and inducted him into Abu Dhabi Police’s community initiative — ‘We Are All Police’. The Indian businessman was specifically provided a citation for his efforts to release 560 inmates from prisons by paying off their debts and booking air tickets for them to return to their home countries, on the occasion of Ramadan, said a press release. He received his membership No 560 for the initiative from Major General Mohammed Khalfan Al Rumaithi, Commander-in-Chief of the Abu Dhabi Police in recognition of his humanitarian efforts. Merchant was honoured with a commemorative shield in appreciation of his contribution to the community. As part of this initiative, Merchant donated Dh650,000 benefiting 300 inmates at the Ajman prison and 260 inmates at other prisons in the…

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Indian expat in Kuwait wins Dh7 million in Big Ticket Abu Dhabi raffle

Anil Varghese Theveril, an Indian who had purchased a raffle ticket at Big Ticket Abu Dhabi, has just won Dh 7 million (Rs 12.7 crore) . The 50-year-old Keralite is based in Kuwait and works as an executive assistant. Interestingly, he has been with the same company for 26 years now. Though he has been in the Gulf for quite some time, it was only last March when he decided to try his luck with the Big Ticket draw, Anil told Gulf News. Lucky number Anil, who held ticket no. 11197, had purchased the ticket online for the April 2018 draw. “I believe that in order to hit the jackpot, you don’t just pick random numbers. And for me, my son’s birthday is my lucky number,” he said. Unlike many raffle ticket buyers, he paid for the full price of the ticket which means he will be able to take…

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UAE Cabinet approves day visas for transit passengers

The UAE Cabinet has given the green light for preparations to begin on a general policy to grant entry visas to transit passengers – across all UAE airports – who wish to visit the country’s landmarks and tourist attractions. The new policy aims to enhance transit visa procedures to enable stopover passengers to enjoy a day out in the country, thus boosting the tourism industry. The cabinet formed a working group, led by the Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship, to prepare the new policy considering the possible positive effects it will have on the tourism sector and the economy in general. 70 per cent of the total passengers who passed through the UAE’s airports in 2017 were transit passengers. The new policy will list visa fees, mechanisms for increasing the number of stop-over visitors, as well as ways to promote the country’s tourism attractions. Published on 15 April 2018

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Indian driver wins Dh12 million in Abu Dhabi raffle

A Dubai-based driver from India has won Dh12 million (INR 21 crore) at the Big Ticket raffle on Tuesday. John Varughese, who hails from the south Indian state of Kerala, received a call today from the organisers after the draw had taken place at the Abu Dhabi International Airport. “I couldn’t believe that I could get lucky. April Fool’s Day had just passed by and I thought it was some friend pulling my leg. I also had doubts if this was a fake call as you read about lot of scams happening,” he told Khaleej Times. “Even though it was confirmed but I still took a while before calling my family back in Kerala. This is surreal and the new feeling of being a winner is slowly sinking in,” said the new multi-millionaire. According to Varughese, the money will be shared with another four friends, who had pooled in to…

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Emirates announces cabin crew recruitment in Dubai this month

Dubai-based Emirates airline is  looking for motivated and service-oriented candidates to join its multinational cabin crew team. According to a press release, the airline will be organising Open Days for cabin crew recruitment in Dubai on 13 and 28 April. Applicants hoping to give their careers a flying start can walk in with an up-to-date CV in English, and recent photograph. Prior online registration is not required to attend the Open Day. Below are some of the requirements for cabin crew: At least 21 years of age at the time of joining Arm reach of 212 cm while standing on tiptoes Minimum height of 160 cm High school graduate (Grade 12) Fluency in English (written and spoken) No visible tattoos while you’re in Emirates cabin crew uniform (cosmetic and bandage coverings are not allowed) Can adapt to new people, new places and new situations Physically fit for this demanding role…

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UAE drops requirement for good conduct certificate

The UAE has suspended a requirement that expat job seekers obtain a certificate of good conduct, the Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation announced on Sunday. The rule, which went into effect on February 4, mandated that a ‘good conduct and behaviour certificate’ must be issued be a job applicant’s home country or five-year country of residence. Once obtained, the rule called for the document to be attested by the UAE embassy in the applicant’s country of origin, or by the UAE’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs; a process similar to the procedure for marriage certificates and education qualifications. On Sunday, however, the Ministry replied to Twitter inquiries with a message noting that “the good conduct certificate is postponed from the first of April till further notice.” As recently as last week, the Ministry was replying to queries about the status of the requirement mandating good conduct certificates, and promising that…

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