Browsing: UAE

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 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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25-year-old Indian wins one million USD at Dubai Duty Free raffle draw

Two new dollar millionaires were announced at the Dubai Duty Free (DDF) Millennium Millionaire and Finest Surprise draw held today at Concourse D Terminal 1 of Dubai International Airport. A 25-year old Indian national, Dhaneesh Kotharamban, became one of the latest US$1 Million winners, in Series 266 with ticket number 4255. Dhaneesh bought his first ever ticket in the million dollar promotion a few weeks ago while traveling to Kerala for a holiday. A resident of Dubai for a year and a half, he works as an electrician for Craven Electrical Company and was surprised upon receiving a call of a lifetime from DDF representative. Speaking from Kerala, he commented, “I’ve never thought that I could win this big at such a young age. Thank God for this wonderful gift and thank you Dubai Duty Free.” The second Millennium Millionaire winner of the day is Yazan Qaryouti, who won in…

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Dubai ranked as the best city for expats in MENA

Dubai has ranked the best city for expats in the Middle East and Africa, according to Mercer’s 20th Quality of Living Survey. Dubai ranks 74th globally in overall quality of living, making it the number one city in the Middle East and Africa region for the sixth year in a row. Dubai was closely followed by Abu Dhabi, which claimed 77th place. Only four other cities in this region make the top 100, including Muscat (70), Tel Aviv (87), Manama (93), and Kuwait City (99).  Vienna tops the global ranking for the ninth year running and is followed by Zurich, with Auckland and Munich in joint third place. The survey, said to be one of the world’s most comprehensive, is conducted annually to enable multinational companies and other organisations to compensate employees fairly when placing them on international assignments. Published on 21 March 2018

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NRI tycoon Yusuff Ali is now richer than Donald Trump

NRI businessman, LuLu Group chairman M.A. Yusuffali with his net worth of $5 billion, is richer than US president Donald Trump, according to the Forbes magazine’s 2018 list of billionaires. Trump’s ranking on the list fell to 766th place from 544th in the last edition. His wealth is now being estimated at $3.1 billion, $400 million less than a year ago. Ali, who ranked 388 in the Forbes list is the 19th richest man in India and the richest Malayali, the magazine said. The seven Indian billionaires in the UAE command $22.7 billion (Dh83.3 billion) in assets. According to Forbes magazine, Yusuffali followed by Micky Jagtiani ($4.4 billion), B.R. Shetty ($4 billion), Ravi Pillai ($3.9 billion), Sunny Varkey ($2.4 billion), Joy Alukkas ($1.5 billion) and Shamsheer Vayalil ($1.5 billion). India has 121 billionaires – 19 more than last year – making them the third largest group of the ultra-rich after…

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Impact of blockade on Qatar fading, says IMF

The economic and financial impact on Qatar of a nine-month Saudi-led blockade is fading, but some risks for the Gulf emirate remain, the International Monetary Fund has said. In a report released this week, the IMF said the effect of the blockade on economic activity in Qatar had been “transitory” as new trade routes were quickly established and growth remained positive. Foreign financing and resident private sector deposits had fallen by $40bn but that had been offset by cash injections by the central bank and the Qatar Investment Authority – the emirate’s sovereign wealth fund, it said. Although Qatar’s economy and banking and financial systems remain sound, there are still some risks, the IMF said. “The main risks relate to the possibility of lower hydrocarbon prices, the implementation of planned fiscal measures and uncertainty associated with the lingering impact of the diplomatic rift.” Like other Gulf energy producers, Qatar has…

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