Ghobash: Excellence and competition key variables in improving organisational performance

Saqr Ghobash, Minister of Labour, emphasised on promoting a culture of excellence and competition between the employees and internal departments, considering them essential enablers in improving the organisational performance. “The Ministry continuously aims towards achieving advanced levels in performance within various organisational units and departments, all through the implementation and application of ambitious operational plans Read More …

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Emirates Consumer Price Index up 3.67% in January 2015 compared to January 2014

The overall Consumer Price Index CPI reached 123.49 in January 2015, and with comparison with the base year 2007 =100; it increased by 0.69% compared to its value at the end of December 2014, while it increased by 3.67% compared to its value at the end of January 2014. The CPI for January 2015 at Read More …

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Emaar lifts Dubai index; Gulf markets mixed

Gulf stock markets were mixed in early trade on Thursday as quarterly earnings lifted some names in the United Arab Emirates while negative news weighed on Qatar. Dubai’s index added 1.5 percent as Dubai Islamic Bank jumped 2.6 percent and Emaar Properties? gained 1.3 percent.The latter’s subsidiary, Emaar Malls Group, edged up 0.4 percent after Read More …

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UAE company plans $300m project in Indonesia

Tasweek Real Estate Development and Marketing, a UAE-based company, is planning a new joint venture for building a 26-hectare mixed-use housing, retail and hospitality complex in Indonesia.The $300 million mixed-use development will be built in Bintan, the largest island in the Riau Archipelago of Indonesia, and will include one 250-room hotel; six 20-floor condominium towers Read More …

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Labour Ministry signs agreements to further benefit and enhance UAE citizens’ participation in private sector

The Ministry of Labour has recently signed agreements with 20 public and private firms in an effort to further benefit UAE citizens working in the private sector. The Memoranda, which will launch on February, are a part of the “Absher” initiative, and were signed by Mubarak Saeed Al Dhaheri, Under-Secretary of the Ministry of Labour, Read More …

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2015: Arabic mandatory for UAE commercial, service sectors

Arabic will be mandatory for the commercial and service sectors in the UAE as of January 2015, according to the Ministry of Economy. Call centres and customer servicing in commercial and service sectors will be obliged to fully Arabise their issued invoices. The ministry is quoted as saying that the deadline for the use of Read More …

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Battle is on for hearts and minds of UAE employees

Providing health insurance by itself may no longer be enough for UAE companies to retain their best talent. With mandatory health insurance becoming the norm in Dubai, as has been the case in Abu Dhabi for a while now, companies will have to pad up their employee benefits package like never before. If not, they Read More …

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UAE steel demand to rise 25 per cent in 2015

Dubai?s constant attempt to upgrade its infrastructure to align with the vision of His Highness Shaikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, has spelled a boom for the local steel industry. The boom in the steel industry may touch an almost 25 per cent increase Read More …

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UAE economic recovery at fast pace: IMF

The UAE economy, the Arab world’s second largest, is recovering at fast pace from the global financial crisis. “Economic recovery has continued at a solid pace, supported by construction, logistics and hospitality,” a team from the International Monetary Fund said after visiting the Gulf country. Growth was underpinned by ongoing public projects in oil-rich Abu Read More …

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Increased housing demand needs ‘smarter’ concrete

With infrastructure project awards across the region forecast to exceed $86 billion (Dh316bn) in 2014, demand for concrete is set to rise significantly in the GCC, which already accounts for over 40 per cent of the Middle East concrete consumption. Several of the world?s largest construction and concrete companies will gather in Dubai this month Read More …

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Hamdan bin Zayed views social services project

H.H. Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Ruler’s Representative in the Western Region, has affirmed that the U.A.E. leadership pays proper attention to the social and economic development in the Western Region (Gharbia) to ensure that citizens enjoy all necessary services. He said that housing and services projects implemented in the Region underscored the keenness Read More …

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UAE investments in maritime sector set to reach Dh242bn

The UAE?s investments in the maritime industry are expected to reach $66 billion Dh242 billion in the next three years. Experts estimated that the UAE will contribute 30 per cent to 35 per cent of the Middle East?s projected investments in the sector valued at $170 billion Dh624 billion to $190 billion Dh697.3 billion over Read More …

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Al Roumi: elderly people enjoy special care since inception of U.A.E.

Mariam bint Mohammed Khalfan Al Roumi, Minister of Social Affairs, has said that the elderly people in the U.A.E. have been enjoying special care through coverage of social security law since the inception of the U.A.E.. Marking the International Day of the Elderly, Al Roumi said 13, 461 elderly people get grant of Dh950 million Read More …

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Emirates ID fees and fines: See if you qualify for new exemptions

The Emirates Identity Authority (EIDA), has announced new categories of the residents of UAE who are exempted from paying the additional services fees and delay fines stipulated in the ministerial decree Number 25 for 2011. Emirates ID, in a statement, said that the new categories which are exempted from paying fees against availing additional services Read More …

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Automotive sector trade in Jafza posts 400% growth

The automotive sector trade in Jebel Ali Free Zone Jafza, the flagship free zone of Dubai and the U.A.E., has seen a whopping 4-fold growth in the last ten years growing from US$ 1.1 billion in 2004 to US$ 4.7 billion in 2013. Ibrahim Mohamed Al Janahi, Deputy CEO of Jafza and Chief Commercial Officer Read More …

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Emirates ID stresses significance of Open Data in improving government transparency and accountability

In a new working paper published in the international ?Journal of Public Administration & Governance’, the Emirates Identity Authority has called upon governments around the world to promote concepts and practices of ?Open Data’ through focusing on disseminating qualitative data that can be used worldwide to enhance transparency and accountability. In its paper entitled “Open Read More …

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Sharjah to deploy 5,000 ‘hi-tech’ security cameras

Sharjah is planning to install 5,000 advanced security cameras on its roads and public places in a bid to curb crime and improve security. The cameras would be deployed on roads and near schools, hotels and public parks, at government offices and vital installations, public utilities and other places. ?These cameras are hi-tech devices. They Read More …

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Sharjah to let male prisoners meet their wives in private

Sharjah authorities have decided to allow prisoners to meet their wives privately on the ground this will have positive effect on both the inmates and their families. ?Al Khilwa Al Sharia? legal intimate meeting will be enforced in a new central prison, which is about to be completed, said Colonel Aref Al Shareef, director of Read More …

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