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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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From November 15, no exemptions for UAE visa procedures

From November 15, UAE’s General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs will not exempt anyone from new visa transaction requirements, officials said on Tuesday. Last month, the GDRFA introduced new procedures for visa transactions, which are applicable to all UAE, GCC nationals, expatriates and residents of Dubai. According to Gulf Times, all visa transactions are now required to go through a new system called ‘Vision.’ No more photocopied documents Photocopied documents will no longer be accepted for any applications at the GDRFA. The move stipulates that all GDRFA customers are required to submit original copies of the documents for scanning at the typing centres. IBAN numbers are required Sponsors are required to submit their IBAN numbers. All charges, including deposits, guarantees and file opening fees, will now be processed through the typing centres at the time of application. While the new system is aimed at streamlining visa processes and procedures,…

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Meet Prithviraj and Parvathy in Sharjah

Here’s your chance to see Malayalam’s hit on-screen pair, Prithviraj and Parvathy Menon, at close quarters. On November 12 at 8pm at the Sharjah International Book Fair, the pair launch director R S Vimal’s book, Ennu Ninte Moideen Screenplay. The stars will also interact with their fans. It’s not a ticketed event, but the seating is on a first come-first serve basis at the Sharjah Expo Centre. Ennu Ninte Moideen, a tragedy about two star-crossed lovers from different religions, is one of Prithviraj’s biggest hits this year and is based on the real-life story of the couple Kanchanamala and Moideen who were punished for falling in love with someone outside their religion. A house arrest for more than two decades, clandestine meetings, exchange of love letters in their own code language and struggle to convince family elders form a chunk of the film.

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December 2 & 3 will be private sector holidays in the UAE

A long weekend awaits UAE residents in early December as Wednesday and Thursday, December 2 and 3, will be paid holidays for the private sector on the occasion of Martyrs’ Day and the 44th UAE National Day, the Ministry of Labour has announced on Monday. The holiday was announced through a circular issued by Saqr Ghobash, Minister of Labour. On this occasion, Ghobash expressed his congratulations 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 Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, Their Highnesses Supreme Council Members and Rulers of the Emirates, as well as Emiratis and residents. November 30 is Commemoration Day according to the UAE Official Public Holidays 2015 List, however, the ministry has…

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Indian housewife arrested in Dubai for possessing poppy seeds

An Indian housewife claimed in court on Sunday that the poppy seeds that she was caught carrying at the airport were for cooking and she didn’t know that they were a banned substance. Law enforcement officers were said to have stopped the 33-year-old  housewife, A.G., in possession of 255gm of poppy seeds at Dubai International Airport in August. Gulf News reports that Drugs prosecutors accused A.G. of smuggling and possessing poppy seeds for her personal consumption. “I did bring those seeds with me, but I did not know that it was a banned substance. In my country, we use these seeds for cooking and I usually buy them for cooking,” argued the suspect when she entered a not guilty plea before the Dubai Court of First Instance. Meanwhile A.G.’s lawyer contended in court that his client was unfoundedly and illegally detained by Customs officers at the airport. “The defendant is…

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What does the UAE flag mean?

Tuesday, November 3 is UAE Flag Day. Created in 1971 for the country’s formation, the flag of the United Arab Emirates is a symbol of much pride for Emiratis. Like the flag of every nation, it must be respected and treated with honour. While the UAE’s flag is made up of the traditional pan-Arab colours, what those colours represent is important in a special way to Emiratis. Red Red represents hardiness, bravery, strength and courage. The vertical red band can also be interpreted as binding all the other meanings together in unity. Green Green represents hope, joy, optimism and love. It can also symbolise the country’s prosperity. White White represents peace and honesty. White is the purest colour, and is interpreted by some to symbolise cleanliness. Black Contrary to popular belief, the black band does not represent oil. It stands for the defeat of enemies, and also strength of mind.…

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Atlas Group receives a lifeline with new investor

UAE-based investment firm Maas Group has agreed to invest in Atlas Jewellery Group’s business in the UAE and in its healthcare business in Oman, representatives of both companies has announced. The agreement will leverage Atlas Jewellery’s network and resources and Maas Group’s financial stability to deliver better service to existing customers. According to a spokesperson, the group’s other operations including its more profitable jewellery chains across the GCC and India will continue to remain under the control of Atlas Group. “Maas Group is currently encouraging us. We will ensure that all showrooms will be filled with adequate stock at the earliest and Atlas will shine much better soon,” M.M. Ramachandran, chairman of Atlas Group, promised. “By teaming up with Maas Group, we are able to enhance our presence and impact a larger customer base,” Ramachandran added. “We are pleased to combine our strengths to meet the demands of the market…

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Dubai NRI held for murdering sex worker admits he killed wife too

The Dubai Court of Appeals on Wednesday upheld the death sentence imposed on an Indian man found guilty of strangling his wife to death. The man will now stand trial for the murder of a sex worker in Dubai. The Dubai Police extradited the 23-year-old Indian suspect in connection with the second case. It was during his interrogation in this case that he admitted to killing his wife, Khaleej Times has reported. The Indian murdered his wife with the help of his friend, a 28-year-old Pakistani who was also sentenced to death. According to court records, on March 11, 2013, the husband let the Pakistani in while his wife was sleeping. He claimed that the friend got a piece of cloth, sat on the sleeping woman and strangled her. After killing her, they wrapped the body in a bedsheet and put it inside a black plastic bag. Then they put…

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NRI Alert : Airlines slash fares for Diwali, Christmas season

Expatriates in Gulf countries can now take advantage of reduced airfares in the coming months, which mark the two important festivals of Diwali and Christmas. Diwali, this year, falls on November 11. Many expat residents travel to their home countries during this period, followed by Christmas and the two-week-long winter break for schools. Qatar Airways Qatar Airways is running its exclusive offers on flights to popular destinations. The last date to book these special fares is until the 31st of this month. These discounted fare are for return flights including all taxes, fees and surcharges. Travel must commence between October 5, 2015 and June 15, 2016. Here is the link to the deal Emirates Emirates has launched its special fares to various destinations in North & South America, Europe, The Middle East, Africa and the Asia & the Pacific. To avail of these special offers passengers need to book by November 9…

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Dubai woman jailed for brutally assaulting Indian maid

A Dubai woman has been sentenced to two years in jail for assaulting her maid and beating her repeatedly with a rod for one month until she became permanently disabled. The Emirati housewife, Q.M., began assaulting her Indian maid with an iron rod since she joined work and constantly beat her during Ramadan until the day she fell unconscious on the balcony in July. The Dubai Court of First Instance convicted Q.M. on Tuesday of assaulting the maid and causing her 60 per cent permanent disability in her limbs in addition to other physical injuries. Presiding judge Mohammad Jamal sentenced the Emirati in absentia after she failed to appear in court and enter a plea, Gulf News reports. The story of cruel torture The maid said the accused hired her through a labour supply agency and she was responsible for house chores. “I worked for her for nearly eight months and…

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Gulf cities will be too hot for humans by 2070, latest study reveals

The Arabian Gulf and parts of Iran will suffer heatwaves beyond the limit of human survival if climate change is unchecked, according to a new scientific study. The extreme heatwaves will affect Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Doha and coastal cities in Iran and will pose a deadly threat to millions of pilgrims in Saudi Arabia when the Haj will fall in summer, Gulf News has reported. The study by Prof Jeremy Pal and Prof Elfatih Eltahir, from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, shows the extreme heatwaves, more intense than anything ever experienced on Earth, would kick in after 2070 and that the hottest days of today would by then be a near-daily occurrence. Extreme climate to be normal Researchers say the future climate for many locations in the Gulf would be like today’s extreme climate in the desert of Northern Afar, on the African side of the Red Sea, where there are no permanent human…

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