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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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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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Two Indians win Million Dollar each in Dubai Duty Free promotion

Two more Indians have won $1 million (Rs 6.4 crores) each in Dubai Duty Free’s (DDF) Millennium Millionaire promotion last week. Arjun Harish Nayaka from Sharjah (ticket 4625) was announced the winner in the Millennium Millionaire Series No 244. Nayaka, who works for WSP Engineering Consultancy in Dubai, was thrilled. “It’s a truly memorable day for me and my family. I can’t wait to share the news with my wife and son who are coming back to Dubai after a short holiday in India. We will be delighted to meet the Dubai Duty Free team who made this happen,” he said. The second dollar millionaire was Vijayaram P.K, a 46-year-old engineer at Al Futtaim Carillion, who won in Series No 245 with ticket 2294. He is a regular participant in the promotion. Meanwhile, Emirati Saadi Al Rais will be claiming his third prize from Dubai Duty Free after winning in…

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Dubai government employees to get June salary early

Sheikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-Presiddent and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, has ordered an early salary deposit for Dubai government employees in June. The gesture is aimed at helping families meet their needs and requirements during Eid Al Fitr. Government employees will receive their salaries on June 15, ten days ahead of Eid. The Dubai Government has started taking the necessary steps to implement Shaikh Mohammad’s directives. Abdul Rahman Saleh Al Saleh, Director of Dubai’s Department of Finance, expressed his heartfelt thanks to Shaikh Mohammad for the gesture, which he said reflects the Ruler’s keenness to support government employees in meeting their families’ requirements and help them spend quality time with them during the upcoming holiday. Published on 10 June 2017

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Dubai roads change colour to red to indicate new speed limits

Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has started coloring asphalt in “Red” in parts of streets subject to change in speed limits, a statement from Dubai Govt Media Office said. The initiative will be on roads such as  Oud Metha Street (near Bu Kadrah Interchange) along the extension of Dubai-Al Ain Street, where the maximum speed limit is reduced from 100 km/h to 80 km/h. Inviting attention of road uses Eng. Maitha bin Adai, CEO of RTA’s Traffic and Roads Agency, said: “The experiment had been carried out at a certain location of Oud Metha Street near Bu Kadrah Interchange along the Dubai-Al Ain Street. The process involved coloring all lanes in an eye-catching style such that the step would help in inviting the attention of road users to the new speed limit. Asphalt coloring would be implemented in phases at locations subject to speed change in some other vital roads in the…

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