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UAE introduces new rules for expat driving licences

Here are other amendments, in the traffic law, issued in a ministerial decree by Sheikh Saif bin Zayed Al Nahyan New driving licences in the country shall be issued only for a period of two years, according to new amendments introduced to federal traffic laws. After that, licence renewal validity shall be 10 years for UAE citizens and five for non-citizens. According to a ministerial decree issued by Sheikh Saif bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior, expatriates are required to have a valid residence permit…

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Employment Visa Procedures for person who is having 6 months Ban-UAE

How to get Employment Visa during ban period? If the employee resigns before completion of two years, a six-month ban shall be imposed. But the same may be lifted without any charges or NOC from the employer if the employee managed to get a new job opportunity, taking into account that the salary of such worker with the new company shall be in accordance with the skill level specified by the Ministry of Labour: 1- First skill level: which means that if the employee is having university degree and above, his salary with…

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Filipino exit clearance: What you need to know

Philippine official denies rumours circulating in social media about the complete suspension of exit clearance. Dubai: Philippine officials in Dubai on Thursday denied rumours circulating in social media that Filipino expatriates can no longer go on vacation or return to their workplace in the UAE or elsewhere abroad because of the “suspension of the issuance of the Overseas Employment Certificate (OEC) or travel exit clearance”. Filipino official clarifies Overseas Employment Certificate issuance. — Janice Ponce de Leon / Gulf News Labour Attache Felicitas Bay said Filipinos already working in the…

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OFWs exempted from travel taxes, terminal fees

Labor Attache Felicitas Q. Bay, POLO Dubai DUBAI – Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) may now refund the amount of tax and terminal fees allotted in their flight tickets as they are exempted from it, an official from the Philippine Overseas Labor Office (POLO) in Dubai confirmed. New Labor Attache Felicitas Q. Bay said that the Presidential Decree No. 1183 and Republic Act (R.A.) No. 8042 or the Migrant Workers and Overseas Filipino Act of 1995, amended by R.A. No. 10022, are not new thing. “Labor Secretary Silvestre H. Bello III simply…

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FAQs on Employment Contract (Labour Agreement)

1.1) Individual employment contract: 1. Is the worker entitled to obtain an employment contract? Yes … the worker is entitled to obtain the employment contract concluded between the two parties and issued and attested by the ministry of labor signed by the two parties as the employment contract shall be in writing and each of the worker and employer shall have a copy respectively.. And the approved language in the state is the Arabic language. In case the worker does not receive the employment contract, he shall resort to the…

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PH passport validity may extend to 10 years

Manila: The House of Representatives is likely to enact a measure seeking to increase the validity period of the passport to 10 years for adults and five years for minors. This came after a technical working group of the House committee on foreign affairs, chaired by Deputy Speaker and Pampanga Rep. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, finished consolidating 22 bills that would amend Republic Act 8239, or the “Philippine Passport Law,” prolonging to five years the validity of passports of minors, aged zero to 17 years old, reported The Standard. For passports of…

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Your Gratuity (End of Service Benefits – you must know)-UAE

Ministry of Labour Call Centre 800 665 PAYMENT OF GRATUITY What is the employee entitled to on the termination of his employment contract? On the termination of the employment contract, an employee is entitled to the following: 1. A notice period, or any amount due in lieu of the notice period in the case of an unlimited contract. 2. In the case of an unlimited contract, compensation for unreasonable dismissal if the contract was terminated by the employer for unreasonable cause. 3. In the case of a limited contract, compensation equivalent to…

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No touch! Are you too expressive?

Filipinos are usually a personable, expressive bunch, especially with their special someone. But is this allowed in the UAE? The Filipino Times looks into what the law says and what is not allowed DUBAI: Joey and Amanda (not their real names) thought they were being romantic by subtly fondling each other, when men, apparently operatives of the police’s Criminal Investigation Department (CID), apprehended them. Eventually, they were wed to make it legal. Eddie and Nancy were in a restaurant, enjoying intimate moments and expressing affection when their Emirates ID were confiscated….

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First look: ‘high-security’ Philippine passport unveiled in Dubai

New passport is touted as ‘untamperable’ and ‘one of the most secure’ passports in the world Published: 16:21 August 15, 2016 Janice Ponce de Leon, Staff Reporter   Dubai: A “high-security” and “untamperable” Philippine passport was unveiled here Monday, featuring famous landmarks and a promise to curb delays in the issuance of new e-passports. Philippine Consul General to Dubai, Paul Raymund Cortes, unveiled the new design, highlighting its “visually striking” features, and touting it as one of the “most secure passports” in the world. The e-passport will arrive in Dubai…

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Exit clearance exemptions for Filipinos from September 15

Rule applies to expats returning to same worker and job site and already in the database. Dubai: Filipino expatriates welcomed their government’s experimental move to exempt a group of Filipino workers from getting travel exit clearances every time they go home for a holiday beginning September 15 2016. Filipino workers who go back to their country need to secure an Overseas Employment Certificate (OEC) to prove that they have been hired legally and intend to go back to the same employer abroad. This Philippine government requirement is presented to immigration…

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Obama calls off meeting with Philippine leader after ‘whore’ jibe

US President Barack Obama has cancelled a meeting with controversial Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, who had earlier called him a “son of a whore”. Mr Duterte was responding to the US president’s promise to raise the issue of drug-related extra-judicial killings in the Philippines at their meeting. The Philippine leader, known for his colourful language, has insulted prominent figures before, but this time it has had diplomatic consequences. He has now said he regrets the remark. “While the immediate cause was my strong comments to certain press questions that elicited…

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Philippines: Bomb attack on Davao market kills 14

At least 14 people have been killed in a bomb attack in the home city of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte. Dozens more were wounded in the explosion at a packed market in the southern city of Davao. A presidential spokesman said investigators had found shrapnel from a mortar-based improvised explosive device (IED) at the scene. Police in the capital Manila are on high alert following the deadly blast. At least 60 people were injured and 30 were taken to hospital. The explosion took place outside the Marco Polo hotel in…

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Fire hits 28-floor Abu Dhabi tower under construction

© REUTERS/Stanley Carvalho Smoke rises after a fire broke out in a building at Al Maryah Island in Abu Dhabi Fire swept through a 28-storey skyscraper under construction in central Abu Dhabi on Tuesday, the latest in a series of at least five blazes to hit tall buildings in the United Arab Emirates over the last 18 months. Thick black smoke billowed from the top 20 floors of the almost-completed commercial building in the UAE’s capital and firefighters, overseen by helicopters, were working to put the blaze out two hours…

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New UAE rules to follow when resigning your job

Why NOC not pre-requisite anymore for switching jobs The UAE’s Ministry of Labour has recently made several changes to the country’s Labour Law with the aim of making the employee-employer relationship more transparent, as well as mutually beneficial. The new labour decrees were implemented at the beginning of the year on the directives of Labour Minister Saqr Ghobash. In response to readers seeking more clarity, Emirates 24|7 will run a series of articles that will feature legal experts explaining the details. The first discussed the mandatory offer letter that aims…

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Dubai’s ruler orders management shake-up after unannounced inspection reveals absences

Dubai’s ruler has ordered a shake-up of the city state’s management, including the retirement of nine senior officials, a day after he conducted a surprise spot check of government offices and found a significant number of high-ranking officials absent. Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashin al-Maktoum carried out an unannounced early morning inspection of several civil service departments on Sunday, a regular work day in the country, to find empty desks which should have been occupied by high-ranking officials. A video showing the skeikh, who is also the United Arab Emirates prime minister…

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