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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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Indian Prime Minister to visit UAE in February

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi will visit the UAE on a two-day official visit in early February, UAE-based newspapers have reported. According to Gulf News, Modi will visit Abu Dhabi on February 10 and Dubai the next day. He will also visit the Wahat Al Karama monument for UAE martyrs in Abu Dhabi on February 10, Khaleej Times reported. On February 11, he will address a community gathering at Dubai Opera. Around 2,000 people will be invited to attend the event. The same day, he will address the sixth World Government Summit scheduled for February 11 to 13. India is the guest country for the annual gathering of VIPs and experts from the public and private sectors around the world, as well as heads of states, royalty, ministers, CEOs, innovators, entrepreneurs, academics and students from top universities. Modi will meet top UAE leaders to further enhance the bilateral relations between…

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20 Free Zones in UAE to be exempt from VAT

UAE’s Federal Tax Authority on Wednesday announced 20 designated zones which would be exempt from the recently-implemented five per cent VAT in the country, bringing a major relief and clarity for the companies operating in the free zones. According to the UAE VAT law, a designated zone is an area specified by the Cabinet decision. A designated zone that meets the conditions specified in the Executive Regulation of VAT law shall be treated as being outside the State. The 20 designated zones selected from 45 free zones in the country qualifies for transfer of goods between them not be subject to tax. Here’s the complete list of Designated Zones as per the Annex to the Cabinet Decision No (59) of 2017 No. Designated Zones. Abu Dhabi 1. Free Trade Zone of Khalifa Port 2. Abu Dhabi Airport Free Zone 3. Khalifa Industrial Zone Dubai 4. Jebel Ali Free Zone (North-South) 5. Dubai…

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Indian expat wins Dh12 million jackpot in Abu Dhabi raffle

An Indian expatriate in UAE became an instant millionaire on Sunday after winning Dh12 million in the latest Big Ticket raffle draw in Abu Dhabi. 42-year-old Hari Krishnan V. Nair, a resident of Dubai, hit the jackpot at the draw held in Abu Dhabi International Airport. Krishnan, who hails from Kerala, won Dh12 million (around Rs 20.6 crores) – the biggest-ever raffle prize money by the Big Ticket – for his ticket number 086828. Krishnan, who works as a business development manager for a firm in Dubai, has been living in the UAE with his family since 2002. His wife Nisha works as a logistics support staff. The couple have a seven-year old son, Karan. While speaking to Khaleej Times, Krishnan said that it was the third time he was buying the Big Ticket, but never expected to win. “I do not have any special plans as such. I have…

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UAE police rescues stranded Indian family from desert

An Indian family of three was rescued by UAE police after they lost their way and was stranded in the middle of a desert at midnight. According to a report on Khaleej Times, Jose George and family were on their way back to Umm Al Quwain from Sharjah airport after seeing off a friend. “It was 12am and it was just my daughter and wife in the car with me. The visibility was under 10m. It was pitch black. There were no street lights. And at one point I realised that I’d gone off the road,” Jose George told the daily. “We exited the airport road and entered Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Road to drive towards UAQ. However, we ended up missing the exit and drove towards Ras Al Khaimah instead,” Jose’s daughter Helen, a grade 11 student in Sharjah, said. After a while, the family realised they were totally lost,…

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List of UAE public holidays in 2018

The projected dates for this year’s national holidays in the UAE have been officially announced. Exact dates of Islamic celebrations vary every year, depending on local sightings of the moon, so the below dates aren’t necessarily confirmed. The full list of anticipated holidays is as follows, with dates subject to change. Israa and Mi’raj Night* – Friday 13 April Ramadan expected to begin* – Wednesday 16 May Eid Al-Fitr* – Thursday 14 June Arafat Day* – Monday 20 August Eid Al-Adha* – Tuesday 21 August Hijiri New Year’s Day* – Tuesday 11 September Prophet Mohammed’s (PBUH) Birthday* – Monday 19 November Martyr’s Day – Friday 30 November UAE National Day – Sunday 2 December *Exact dates are subject to moon sighting and may differ from date given. The Israa and Mi’raj night, taking place on April 13, and the beginning of the Holy Month of Ramadan, expected on May 16. Office…

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Burj Khalifa’s New Year light show to be repeated until January 6

UAE residents can enjoy Dubai’s record-breaking New Year’s Eve laser and light show for a few more days. Those who missed the show at the Burj Khalifa on Sunday will be able to watch it till January 6, according to a tweet on the official handle of the world’s tallest building. Show Schedule: Monday @ 10pm Tuesday & Wednesday @ 8pm Thursday, Friday & Saturday @ 10pm The UAE made a record-breaking entry into the New Year with ‘Light Up 2018’ in Downtown Dubai. ‘Light Up 2018’ was a spectacular light and sound show that lit up the Burj Khalifa as the clock struck 12 at midnight on December,31 2017, dazzling all those waiting to welcome the New Year with yet another fabulous display in Dubai. The show established a new Guinness World Record for the ‘largest light and sound show’ on a single building after topping the previous standard…

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Honest Indian cleaner returns bag full of jewellery and diamonds

A cleaner, who handed to the police a bag full of golden jewellery and diamonds, was honored by Dubai Police for his honesty. Indian cleaner Vinaktaramana Motabatolal was working when he stumbled upon a bag in Al Qusais. Out of curiosity, he opened the bag and found jewellery inlaid with diamonds in it. He immediately went to Al Qusais police station and handed over the bag to the officers there. It later emerged that the jewellery in the bag was worth over Dh200,000.al. The director of Al Qusais police station, Brigadier Yousof Abdullah Salem Al Odaidi, commended the worker for his good behaviour. The officer also gave him a gift and a certificate. Published on 1 January 2018

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Dubai worker kills Indian boss for rejecting leave request

A technician in Dubai has been accused of killing his supervisor because he had disapproved his request to go on leave, a court heard on Sunday. The 25-year-old Pakistani technician had requested a leave from his Indian supervisor a week before the incident, but the latter rejected the request. On the day of the incident, the accused asked the supervisor about his request. When the victim ignored his question, the defendant attacked him with a sharp knife. He stabbed the victim in the chest and stomach, court records revealed. The accused also tried to attack a coworker with the same knife as he walked to the crime scene that took place in a labour accommodation in Jebel Ali Industrial Area. Upon arriving at the murder scene, police found that the co-worker had restrained the suspect forcing him to drop the knife. According to court records, the defendant had admitted to prosecutors…

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UAE cuts price of select medicines by 24%

The Ministry of Health and Prevention, MOHAP, has announced the reduction of the prices of select medicines following a collaboration with the international pharmaceutical company, Sanofi Aventis. The move comes as part of the Ministry’s periodic reviews conducted in cooperation with global organisations to re-price medicines to support patients and improve access to affordable medicines. Dr. Amin Hussein Al Amiri, Assistant Under-Secretary for Public Health Policy and Licensing and Vice Chairman of the Higher committee for Drug Pricing and Registration, said that the price adjustments were done in pursuant to Ministerial Decree No. 1400 of 2017 issued by Dr. Abdul Rahman bin Mohammad bin Nasser Al Owais, Minister of Health and Prevention and in accordance with the Federal Law No. 01 of 1972 on the functions of ministries and the empowerment of ministers, Federal Law No. 04 of 1983 on the profession of pharmacy and pharmaceutical institutions and Decree of…

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UAE has largest number of Indian migrants in world: UN Report

India tops the world in the number of migrants sent abroad and more than half of the 16.59 million live in the Gulf region, according to a UN report. The 2017 International Migration Report released here on Monday showed that during this century’s period of rapid globalisation, the number of Indian migrants doubled from 7.98 million in 2000. Mexico sent out 13 million migrants, the second highest number. The definition of international migrants used in the report is broad, taking into account anyone living in a country other their own and includes refugees and economic migrants, both those immigrating officially and those who do so “irregularly”, said Bela Hovy, the chief of the Migration Section of the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs, who spoke to reporters after the report’s release. The numbers are not a count of people by national origin or ethnicity and, therefore, do not include…

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