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Ministry of Education relaxes rule for university admission
Higher education institutions in the UAE are no longer required to apply Emirates Standardized Tests (EmSAT) for university admissions, it was announced on Thursday.
Dubai: Sheikh Mohammed issues laws to establish new corporations under Department of Economy & Tourism
In his capacity as the Ruler of Dubai, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE, issued Laws No. (5), (6) and (7) of 2023 establishing three new subsidiaries of Dubai’s Department of Economy and Tourism (DET).
OECD’s 15% minimum tax rule should be implemented in every jurisdiction: KPMG expert
The 15 percent minimum tax rule put forward by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development should be implemented on multinational companies in every jurisdiction, according to the managing director at KPMG US.
UAE Emiratisation fines, deadlines: What's changed and what hasn’t under new rules?
The UAE recently rolled out amendments to its Emiratisation rules, aiming to ensure that private companies will be able to sustain the drive all year round.
Saudi, Hong Kong bourses sign MoU to explore listing opportunities
Saudi Tadawul Group Holding Co. has signed a memorandum of understanding with Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing to work together to explore listing opportunities and collaborate in sectors such as fintech and environmental, social and governance, according to a tweet by the parent company of the Saudi Exchange.
Assembly sessions not nullified in govt absence: Expert
Constitutional expert Muhammed Al-Faili said article 116 of the constitution does not technically nullify National Assembly sessions if the government is absent, and that the current norm of adjourning the session was started by late MP Othman Khalil in 1964, who believed the session must be adjourned because the government is not participating.
Dh317 million in unpaid wages given to over 14,700 workers in 2022
A total of 14,777 workers in Abu Dhabi received Dh317 million in unpaid wages after the intervention of the labour court. The payment was part of the expedited enforcement orders of court decisions issued in cases during 2022.
2 apps, e-Emirates ID help you get easy access to government services
UAE residents are advised to download the UAEICP app and the UAE PASS for ‘easy access’ to services, particularly if they have worked at different government departments, are looking to travel, or require a digital signature.
Sheikh Mohammed witnesses signing of performance agreements for ministers, govt officials
His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, witnessed the signing of a new series of performance agreements for ministers and government officials on the sidelines of a cabinet meeting held in Abu Dhabi on Monday.
UAE’s Burjeel Holdings and Saudi Arabia’s Leejam Sports plan joint venture in Kingdom
Emirati healthcare firm Burjeel Holdings has signed a memorandum of understanding with Saudi Arabia’s Leejam Sports Co., owner of the Fitness Time chain of gyms, for a joint venture to develop a network of over 60 physiotherapy and rehabilitation centers in Leejam facilities across the Kingdom.
UAE: Will I be banned from the country after my employer reports me absconding?
Question: I was deported from the UAE after my employer reported me absconding. How do I check if I have a ban? Also, will this extend to other GCC countries? I mean, can I try my luck in other Gulf countries?
KSA, Oman to support digital economy growth
Saudi Arabia and Oman have signed an executive program in the field of communications, information technology infrastructure and undersea cable investments.
Deal signed to support, Saudi aviation industry
Riyadh’s Colleges of Excellence and Jeddah’s Prince Sultan Aviation Academy on Sunday signed a memorandum of understanding to exchange experiences and information in the field of training and development.
Are family foundations and trusts subject to corporate tax?
Family foundations and trusts are typically established for philanthropic purposes and to protect and manage the assets of individuals or families for future generations.
Saudi Arabia, Oman to support digital economy growth, invest in underwater cables
Saudi Arabia and Oman on Saturday signed an executive program in the field of communications, information technology infrastructure and undersea cable investments.
16k held for labor, residency, border violations in Saudi Arabia
Saudi authorities arrested more than 16,000 people in one week for breaching residency, work and border security regulations, according to an official report.
Panel meets to amend demographics
A special government committee entrusted to cut the number of expats in the country adopted at its first meeting on Thursday a series of measures aimed at amending the imbalance in the demographic structure, which is tilted in favor of expats.
New UAE law on civil marriage: Why more expats are tying the knot in Abu Dhabi
With the new Personal Status Law for Non-Muslims coming into effect on February 1, the UAE has streamlined the procedures to acknowledge marriage contracts — making it easier for non-Muslim expats to get married in courts.
New UAE law: Dubai residents can now get marriage licences in 24 hours
Non-Muslim couples getting married in Dubai will be able to get their civil wedding licenses in just 24 hours, as part of a new federal decree-law that came into effect on February 1.
US Mission expands interview waiver program for Saudis on tourist visa
The US diplomatic missions in Saudi Arabia have announced an expansion of the waiver program for Saudi nationals from attending personal interviews to obtain US tourist visas.
Saudi Arabia and France sign cooperation MoU in the field of energy
Saudi Arabia and France have agreed a deal to establish a framework for cooperation in the energy sector, particularly in technologies which tackle climate change, such as carbon capture and hydrogen production.
UAE law: Dh100,000 fine, jail for refusing to give drug test sample
The Public Prosecution in the UAE has reminded residents of the consequence of refusing to provide samples and specimens for narcotics and psychotropic substances analysis.
Saudi-Oman Investment Forum sees 13 MoUs signed as trade ties deepen
The Saudi-Oman Investment Forum and exhibition beginning in Riyadh on Wednesday discussed various ways and means to enhance long-term economic partnership between the two Gulf states in the investment and industry sectors.
Municipal Council approves entrance and exit in Dhajeej
The Municipal Council approved the request of the Public Authority for Roads and Land Transport to create an entrance and exit for the Jaber Al-Ahmad Circuit site in the Dhajeej area from Road (6.5).
PIF signs deal to build indoor vertical farms in Saudi Arabia
Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund has signed a joint venture agreement with US-based AeroFarms to establish a company in Riyadh to build and operate indoor vertical farms in the Kingdom and the wider Middle East and North Africa region.
MPs ask about Turkey drones, Egypt deposits
MP Abdulkarim Al-Kandari on Monday sent a series of questions about a deal Kuwait recently signed to purchase an unspecified number of drones from Turkey, focusing on transparency and the procedures adopted in the purchase.
Up to Dh1-million fine: UAE authority warns of hefty penalties for promoting firearms, explosives online
Trafficking in and promoting firearms, ammunition, or explosives is a serious offence in the UAE, punishable by hefty penalties that include jail time and up to Dh1 million in fines.
Saudi king issues order promoting 148 members of Public Prosecution
Saudi Arabia’s King Salman has issued a royal order promoting 148 members of the Public Prosecution in various ranks, the Saudi Press Agency reported on Tuesday.
UAE: Pension authority inspectors granted judicial powers
Inspectors of the UAE’s General Pension and Social Security Authority (GPSSA) have been granted judicial powers when monitoring an employer’s compliance in implementing the pension and social security provisions for their Emirati employees.
UAE residency visas: 7 changes you need to know
Ever since the UAE’s largest entry and residency visa reforms went into force in October 2022, several changes have come into effect. These reforms have streamlined procedures, expanded the long-term Golden Visa scheme; and introduced a new five-year residency called Green Visas.
Saudi Aramco signs agreements worth $7.2bn at iktva Forum
Saudi Arabian Oil Co. signed deals valued at around $7.2 billion at the seventh edition of the In-Kingdom Total Value Add Forum in Dhahran on Monday.
Lawmakers call for action over exam cheating scandal
Ten lawmakers on Sunday demanded the National Assembly convene a special session to debate a school exam cheating scandal in which as many as 40,000 students benefited.
Qatar replaces Russian company in Lebanon’s gas exploration
Lebanon announced on Sunday that Qatar has entered a consortium to explore for offshore gas in the Mediterranean Sea off the Lebanese coast.
Fishermen Union seeks entry permits for expat laborers
Head of the Kuwait Fishermen Union Thaher Al-Suwayyan has requested Interior Minister Sheikh Talal Al-Khaled Al-Sabah to allow entry permits for expatriate workers, as the industry currently is short of labor and local replacements are not available.
Health insurance in Dubai: Should the employer bear staff's premium costs?
Question: I will be taking up a job in a mainland Dubai company shortly. I understand I will be working on a standard two-year visa. Please clarify who is to bear the costs of medical insurance for myself and my family.
11 agreements signed during global medical biotechnology summit in Saudi Arabia
Eleven agreements were signed during the Riyadh Global Medical Biotechnology Summit 2023, which concluded in the Saudi capital on Thursday.
Explained: How to bring a domestic worker to UAE, documents required
Question: I read about some law changes when it comes to hiring domestic workers in the UAE. I am from India and wish to bring someone from my hometown to stay with us as a full-time maid. Can you please explain the legal process to follow?
Amiri order to accept government resignation
An Amiri order was issued on Thursday to accept the resignation of the government just three months after its formation as a result of disputes with the National Assembly. The order also asked the government to act as a caretaker government to run day-to-day urgent matters until a new cabinet is formed.
Saudi EXIM signs deal with Italian Export Credit Agency to boost trade
The Saudi Export-Import Bank has signed a memorandum of understanding with the Italian Export Credit Agency, also known as SACE, to boost trade between the two countries.
Over 50 MoUs signed during Saudi Arabia’s Real Estate Future Forum
Over 50 Memoranda of Understandings were signed during Saudi Arabia’s Real Estate Future Forum held in Riyadh between Jan. 23 and 25.
Saudi Arabia signs deals to boost fight against diabetes
Saudi Arabia has signed two deals to improve the treatment and prevention of diabetes.
Exclusive: Filipino expats’ new UAE contract verification rules put on hold, official says
The plan to introduce new requirements for Filipino expats’ UAE contract verification process has been put on hold until further notice, a top official from the Philippines’ Migrant Workers Office (MWO) in Dubai told Khaleej Times.
Illegal UAE ‘freelance’ visas, salary discrepancies: Why Philippine govt is adding requirements for contract verification
A Filipino domestic worker whose visa says she is a ‘store manager’, and a ‘project manager’ who earns a meagre Dh1,000 a month. Employment irregularities like these have prompted the Philippine labour office in the UAE to impose new contract verification rules.
Saudi king issues order promoting and appointing 51 judges at Board of Grievances
Saudi Arabia’s King Salman has issued a royal order promoting and appointing 51 judges at the Board of Grievances at various judicial levels, the Saudi Press Agency reported on Tuesday.
Could I be arrested for not paying credit card dues?
Question: As per prevailing rules, can I be arrested for not paying credit card dues? What’s the penalty for the same if I am unable to?
Shoura Council approves IMF regional office in Saudi Arabia
The Saudi Shoura Council on Tuesday held its 18th ordinary session in Riyadh under the chairmanship of deputy speaker, Mishaal bin Fahm Al-Salami.
UAE-Israel trade hits record high to reach $2.56bn in 2022
Bilateral trade between the UAE and Israel more than doubled in 2022 after the countries signed a free trade agreement in May to reduce tariffs on the majority of goods.
How corporate tax supports 350,000 SMEs in UAE
The corporate tax regime is specifically designed to support small- and medium-sized businesses (SMEs) so that they can continue to thrive and drive the country’s growth in years to come, says a government official.
Egypt signs $1.5bn financing agreement with ITFC
Egypt has signed a $1.5 billion financing agreement with the International Islamic Trade Finance Corp. to fund its trading, including imports of energy products and essential commodities, CNBC Arabia wrote on Twitter, citing the head of the corporation.
UAE: Can I change the details on Golden Visa to reflect my profession?
I received a Golden Visa in 2022 under my husband's sponsorship. My occupation listed on the Emirates ID is 'housewife'. I recently got a job and a work permit. Should I update my details on the Golden Visa to reflect my profession? If yes, what's the procedure for the same?
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