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UAE National Day holidays: 5-day break for public sector
Saturday, 8th November 2014

On the occasion of the UAE's National Day, all ministries and federal departments in the country are to be closed from Tuesday, December 2, 2014 to Thursday, December 4, 2014, with work resuming...

Nine things to know about UAE labor laws
Tuesday, 4th November 2014

Employment issues in the UAE have certain unique characteristics reflective of the country's social fabric, cultural values and economic considerations. It is, therefore, imperative that foreign...

Dubai's expat pension plan now at UAE-level consideration
Tuesday, 4th November 2014

A pension plan for expatriates is being discussed at the federal level, claims a senior government official. "As far as we know the issue is now being handled at the federal level," the...

Rents in Dubai 'not dropping': Emirates 24|7 poll
Friday, 31st October 2014

Local and global real estate consultancies may be releasing reports that reveal rents declining in Dubai, but 53 per cent of respondents in a poll conducted by Emirates 24|7 said 'rents were...

Emaar unit to launch 'affordable housing' in the UAE
Thursday, 30th October 2014

An associate company of Emaar Properties , Dubai's largest real estate developer, will soon launch an affordable housing project in the UAE, the company chairman told Emirates 24|7. "There is...

Emaar associate to launch affordable houses in UAE
Wednesday, 29th October 2014

An associate company of Emaar Properties , Dubai's largest real estate developer, will soon be launching an affordable housing project in the UAE, the company chairman told Emirates 24|7. In...

Dubai rents fall: Greens, Marina, Springs, Ranches drop
Wednesday, 29th October 2014

Rents in the Greens community, close to Sheikh Zayed Road, registered the maximum decline in the third quarter, falling 15 per cent compared to the second quarter 2014, a new report reveals. Lease...

App for UAE passport renewal service 'live'
Sunday, 26th October 2014

The UAE Ministry of Interior has introduced the passport renewal service via smart phones to allow UAE nationals to avail of this service anywhere, any time; without the hassle of visiting the...

UAE protects foreign workers
Friday, 24th October 2014

Abu Dhabi (WAM): A Human Rights Watch report that chides the UAE for its treatment of migrant domestic workers has “drawn sweeping conclusions based upon a small, unrepresentative...

The UAE 15th expat destination in the world
Thursday, 23rd October 2014

Dubai: The UAE ranks 15th among the most favoured expatriate destination in the world. Switzerland, Singapore and China ranked as the top three expat destinations, while Bahrain ranked fifth. ...

Pension scheme for UAE expats on the anvil despite some firms' reluctance
Monday, 20th October 2014

Increasing number of employers voluntarily implement contributory pension schemes. Expats living and working in the UAE may soon have access to a state pension scheme if the government's plans for...

Ikea to hire 230 staff in Dubai for new distribution centre
Monday, 20th October 2014

Centre is scheduled to complete in September 2015. Furnishing company Ikea has opened its largest distribution centre in the Middle East at the Dubai World Central (DWC). The centre will...

No increase in security deposits for existing tenants: Dewa
Friday, 17th October 2014

Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (Dewa) has confirmed the change in the security deposit for new tenants. "There is a new rate for security deposits for new move-ins," Dewa...

Unified tourist visa system in GCC likely
Friday, 17th October 2014

DOHA: GCC countries plan to start their much-touted joint tourist visa system by first targeting expatriates as beneficiaries. This will be done on an experimental basis for security reasons...

New tenants to pay higher Dewa security deposit
Thursday, 16th October 2014

Dubai: New tenants have to pay a higher utility security deposit in Dubai but existing utility customers in their current premises will not be impacted, officials confirmed on Wednesday. ...

Apply for short-term UAE visit visa via your smartphone
Tuesday, 14th October 2014

The Ministry of Interior (MoI) has launched three new procedural services via smartphones, which include issuance of short-term visit visas (for 30 days), renewal of citizens' passports, and...

94% of UAE employees see positive benefit in flexible working, says Citrix survey
Monday, 13th October 2014

Dubai, UAE - October 13, 2014 - Citrix today revealed findings of its research into the adoption of, and attitude towards, mobile and flexible working in the UAE. Conducted by YouGov ahead of this...

Dual citizenship: Why many GCC nationals looking to give up US passport
Sunday, 12th October 2014

Gulf citizens accidentally maintain two nationalities. Most countries do not allow dual citizenship. Although citizens are mostly well aware of rules in their country of residence and/or birth, it...

Dh20,000 fine for 'visa trading' firms in UAE
Saturday, 11th October 2014

Penalty could reach Dh50,000 if the offence is repeated. Companies involved in visa trading without any other business will be fined Dh20,000 in line with a federal cabinet decision that was...

Health-care practitioners to get unified licences
Tuesday, 7th October 2014

Dubai: In a major move for the advancement of the health-care sector, medical licences will now be recognized across the UAE with effect from October 12, paving the way for medical professionals...

MoFA opens first overseas consular section, visa issuance centre U.A.E.
Monday, 6th October 2014

Acting Under Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Mohammed Mir Al Raisi, has inaugurated its first consular section and visa issuance centre outside U.A.E. in a ceremony in the Sri Lankan...

Property firms hit out at rival company Better Homes' rental ad campaign
Monday, 6th October 2014

Rules brought in by RERA (the Real Estate Regulatory Agency) state the maximum landlords can raise rents when renewing contracts. However, a marketing campaign by Better Homes offers landlords...

Non-freehold property only for UAE, GCC nationals: Court
Saturday, 4th October 2014

The ownership of property in non-free holding areas in Dubai is limited to UAE nationals and GCC nationals said Dubai Court of Cassation. The court confirmed this new principle is based on the...

Rents on rise in Dubai, but these freehold areas are still affordable
Thursday, 2nd October 2014

Rents in Dubai are slowly rising, but property prices are down slightly in August, Reidin.com reveals. Apartment rents rose 1.19 per cent month-on-month (m-o-m) and 24.1 per cent year-on-year...

Emiratis to work in public school canteens
Monday, 29th September 2014

Abu Dhabi: More Emiratis will soon work in public school canteens across the emirate of Abu Dhabi, the Abu Dhabi Education Council ( Adec ) has announced. The Emiratisation initiative follows the...

Emaar's 5-bedroom Dubai penthouse sells for Dh23 million
Monday, 29th September 2014

Emaar Properties, Dubai's largest developer, has sold 72 units in The Address Residence Sky View in Downtown Dubai, with a 5-bedroom penthouse selling for Dh23 million, according to a media...

Demand for British teachers in the region higher than supply
Sunday, 28th September 2014

Dubai: Demand for British teachers by international schools in the region is higher than supply, an expert said during the International and Private Schools Education Forum last week. Ollier...

Dubai becomes more affordable to live and work in
Thursday, 25th September 2014

The cost of living and working in Dubai is still 16 per cent below what it was in 2008, making the emirate more affordable today than it was six years ago, a new study has revealed. In...

Jobs in UAE: Du, Etisalat looking to hire
Thursday, 25th September 2014

Telecom operators du and Etisalat are looking to fill a number of vacancies in the UAE. The newer entrant du has many positions available for nationals and some for expats. For experienced UAE...

Cost of living in Dubai is still 16% cheaper than in 2008: Report
Wednesday, 24th September 2014

Dubai drops two notches from previous report to become more affordable to live and work in despite surging rentals. The cost of living and working in Dubai is still 16 per cent below what it was...

Full-time UAE employees may also work part-time at another job: Ministry of Labour
Tuesday, 23rd September 2014

Person employed by one entity may work for another if certain conditions are met. Part of the condition is that a person who is already employed by an entity may work for another employer -...


Monday, 22nd September 2014

Dubai: The tipping point may have been reached in how fast residential rentals can go up in Dubai. Around 19,000 new homes are scheduled to enter the market next year, and that is quite...

New Bayt.com survey shows jobs are plentiful in the UAE
Monday, 22nd September 2014

Middle East's number one job site, and leading market research agency, YouGov, has shown that despite respondents' expecting the UAE's economy and job opportunities to grow in the foreseeable...

New World to launch Marwa Homes
Saturday, 20th September 2014

Property developer New World Development will launch Marwa Homes at Cityscape Dubai next week, said a press statement on Thursday. Marwa Homes Phase 1 is a series of 14 townhouses which are...

Job vacancies to rise in Dubai: New companies enter, existing ones expand
Wednesday, 17th September 2014

Job opportunities in Dubai are set to rise, as corporate occupier activity remains buoyant this year, according to a new report. In general, new occupiers are in the market for between 1,000...

Dubai, Abu Dhabi rents to decline, Sharjah rising
Tuesday, 16th September 2014

Rent rise in Abu Dhabi is set to slow down in the coming months, while rental value growth rates have slowed significantly in Dubai's upper end of the market, according to Cluttons. "With...

Abu Dhabi housing rules' checks begin: 3 per room, 1 family per unit
Tuesday, 16th September 2014

The Municipality of Abu Dhabi has launched the second phase of its campaign of 'No to Random Housing', Emarat Al Youm has reported. The Rules: - The municipality states that as per...

Revealed: By how much your UAE salary may go up next year
Monday, 15th September 2014

Employers gearing up to deliver average salary increase of 4.8 per cent in 2015. As we enter into the second half of the year, consultancies and employees have started evaluating their prospects...

Midday break rule ends on Monday
Monday, 15th September 2014

The UAE Ministry of Labour (MoL) announced the midday break rule period, which prohibits labourers from outdoor work between 12:30pm and 3pm, will end on Monday September15. The mandatory...

3 factors influencing property prices in Dubai
Sunday, 14th September 2014

The pace of increase in Dubai's property prices has slowed down in the second quarter 2014 after having shot up by over 20 per cent in 2013, Colliers International has said. Real estate...