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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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Thousands flee rising floods as more rains expected

Residents take shelter at a covered basketball court after their homes were destroyed by floods that was brought by monsoon rains in San Mateo, Rizal. Erik de Castro, Reuters MANILA – Rising floodwaters chased thousands to evacuation centers on Saturday as more monsoon rains threatened Luzon and Western Visayas until next week. Some 3,300 people were to spend the night on straw mats in eight evacuation centers in Bagong Silangan village in Quezon City. Dozens others fled to covered courts in San Mateo town in Rizal province. Authorities warned of…

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Duterte to Obama: I never insulted you

Jakarta: Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte told Barack Obama he never called him a “son of a [expletive]”, he said on Friday, but he maintained a defiant stance on his war on drugs, saying U.N. chief Ban Ki-moon was a fool for bringing up human rights. U.S. President Obama canceled a planned meeting with Duterte at this week’s ASEAN summit in Laos after the Philippine leader’s alleged insult in his native Tagalog, but the two met briefly later as they waited to take their seats at a banquet. While on a…

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