FNC passes UAE draft law on sports body 

The Federal National Council (FNC) on Tuesday passed a federal draft law regarding the establishment of the Emirates Centre of Arbitration for Sports following amending of some articles and introducing new ones. The 11th session of the First Ordinary Session of the 16th Legislative Chapter was chaired by Dr. Amal Abdullah Al Qubaisi, Speaker of Read More …

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UAE employers must report absconders to police… or get punished 

Employers who fail to report their absconding workers to the police or immigration authorities will be punished under modified labour laws in the UAE. The ruling was issued by the Supreme Federal Court while hearing a case involving the absconding of a worker and failure by his sponsor to report him to immigration. The SFC Read More …

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Dubai institute to train expats on the law and their rights 

  An institute designed to educate expat employees in the emirate of the country’s laws and informing them of their rights and duties was launched recently by a team comprising of four government departments. The Workforce Training Institute is currently in its preliminary stage of training Dubai’s blue collar workers, but by 2018, it is Read More …

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How to legally sublet your home in Dubai

From May 2016 onwards, private home owners and tenants in Dubai can sublet or lease out their homes on a short-term basis without going through an approved Dubai Tourism holiday homes operator. The new system will be implemented in a way to ensure that the home-owners meet all the quality standards, codes of conduct, amenities, Read More …

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Ministry moves to fix medical accountability in UAE 

A woman patient went into a vegetative state following a medical treatment. A 12-year-old boy ended up brain damaged after being administered an incorrect dose of anaesthesia during a surgical procedure which eventually proved fatal. A hearing-impaired girl who required a follow-up surgery on the cochlear implants she had received in 2002 as a child, Read More …

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Dubai Healthcare City and medical malpractice procedures 

The Dubai Healthcare City Authority-Regulation (DHCR), that deals with complaints of medical malpractice within DHCC, received a total of 40 complaints in 2015. The majority of the complaints were against individual health-care professionals while some were directed at health-care teams. Common complaints were misdiagnosis of patients; performing wrong surgery and procedure; mismanagement resulting in complications; Read More …

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Workers in UAE may soon get freedom to move between jobs 

Mobility of foreign workers from one employer to another in the UAE as well as movement between Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries might become a reality soon, officials said on Wednesday. Also, a proposal to set up a virtual market place that will include a database of names, nationalities and skills of workers to facilitate Read More …

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No criminal case against drug addicts who turn themselves in 

UAE citizens and expatriates addicted to drugs stand a chance to receive adequate treatment and integrate into society without facing criminal charges should they turn themselves in voluntarily, a top official said on Tuesday. Drug addicts, both citizens and foreigners, who voluntarily turn themselves in and request treatment will face no criminal charges or deportation,” Read More …

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More expats execute wills to protect assets, savings in Dubai

A growing number of expatriates and investors in Dubai are taking legal steps to ensure their assets in the country, as well as their savings and other investments, are distributed according to their wishes after they’re gone. The DIFC Wills & Probate Registry (W&PR) reported on Monday that a total of 1,000 wills have been Read More …

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UAE Labour Law: Do Ramadan timings also apply to non-fasting employees?

During the month of Ramadan, employees in the UAE are entitled to work reduced office hours, with an average two hours reduced from the daily job schedule, but there may be exceptions. While the UAE Labour Law does not differentiate between fasting and non-fasting employees, the regulations are different within Dubai’s financial free zone. The Read More …

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UAE publishes first annual worker welfare report 

The UAE government is cracking down on agencies which are exploiting labourers and charging them recruitment fees, Saqr Ghobash Saeed Ghobash, Minister of Human Resources and Emiratisation, said in his foreword to the UAE’s first annual report on workers’ welfare. “We can’t deny that many non-national workers have faced in the past many malpractices by Read More …

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Sharjah police arrest Asians for illegal business 

Sharjah Police have arrested number of Asians for violating entry and residency laws, fleeing from their sponsors and involved in illegal businesses. Department of investigations organised a campaign around several industrial, commercial, markets and residential neighborhoods after observing increase in illegal activities. Illegal business conducted by these accused include car wash, garbage collection, display of goods Read More …

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Jebel Ali Free Zone trade with Netherlands at $732m in 2015

Trade between companies in the Jebel Ali Free Zone (Jafza) with the Netherlands was more than $732 million (Dh2.68 billion) in 2015, according to state news agency WAM. The number of Dutch companies registered in the free zone has reached 105 this year, the report said. The figures were released after Jafza deputy chief executive Read More …

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Legal business structures in Dubai

The Department of Economic Development lays down acceptable legal structures for companies based in Dubai. The rules and regulations for each of these vary accordingly and the categorization is based on the ownership of the firm. If you are a foreign national, you may want to go for a free zone license if you want Read More …

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UAE Labour Law: How many months’ salary do you get for office injuries?

How many months’ salary do you get for office injuries? Law says employer shall pay for worker’s medical bills, including cost of transport for hospital While you’re at work, it is the duty of your employer to provide a safe work environment, to protect you from health and safety issues, and explain all the hazards Read More …

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3 jailed for possessing Dh2.19b in fake euros

Dubai: Three visitors who possessed 1,094,000 notes of €500 [Dh2.19 billion)] of counterfeit currency for trading purposes, have been jailed for two years each.The trio — a Macedonian and two Croatians — conned an Indian salesman and embezzled six million Indian rupees (Dh324,000) in August. The Dubai Court of First Instance convicted the 52-year-old Macedonian, Read More …

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Parents ‘can be prosecuted’ for child death falls in Sharjah

Sharjah: Despite new safety rules implemented last year to child-proof homes in residential towers, a string of child deaths from falls from buildings are prompting Sharjah Police once again to advise parents to be more vigilant than ever. Parents of children who died after falls from high-rise flat windows and balconies will be referred to Read More …

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5 Dubai visitors murder supermarket worker, steal Dh96,000 safe

Dubai: Three visitors have been jailed for 15 years each for premeditatedly killing a supermarket worker and stealing a safe that contained nearly Dh96,000.The Dubai Court of First Instance convicted the three Kazakh visitors, 25-year-old S.K., 27-year-old A.R. and 31-year-old A.T., of killing the Indian worker by repeatedly punching him, then tying him up and Read More …

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Corporal conspires to give false testimony before a Sharia judge

Dubai 
A police corporal has been accused of conspiring with his two colleagues to give false testimony before a Sharia judge that he never remarried after divorce to win a custody battle.The 43-year-old police corporal and his two partners [policemen] were said to have conspired against the corporal’s divorcee and falsely testified before a Sharia Read More …

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Job contracts to be offered in 11 languages

Dubai: Job offers and labour contracts will be offered in 11 languages, which have recently beem approved by the Ministry of Labour.While English and Arabic copies are still required to be filed with the ministry, prospective employees will be presented contracts in a language they understand, to ensure they have a clear understanding of the Read More …

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