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Wednesday, December 14, 2016

DUBAI: GET HEALTH INSURANCE BEFORE DECEMBER 31 TO AVOID FINES

Dubai residents have just few days left, until December 31, to get health insurance, or face fines, an official said on Wednesday.  Starting January 1, 2017, a fine of 500 Dirhams per month will be paid by each resident who does not have mandatory health insurance coverage.   The said fine must be paid by either an employee’s sponsor, or a resident who is sponsoring dependants. If not provided by a an employee’s company, dependants can include spouses, children and domestic workers such as houseboys, maids and nannies.   No new visa will be granted and no existing one renewed without health insurance.  This rule will be enforced in cooperation between Dubai Health Authority (DHA) and the General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs (GDRFA).  Compulsory insurance coverage  applies to Dubai residents only.     DHA officials  urged sponsors who have not yet provided their employees and dependants with insurance to comply as soon as possible.  The yearly premium for the most basic health insurance cover, known as the Essential Benefit Package, ranges from Dh565 to Dh650 — not much more than the cost of a single month’s fine.    The beneficiary with basic insurance cover — aimed at dependants and employees who make less than Dh4,000 monthly — gets a maximum coverage of up to Dh150,000.     “It is much cheaper to insure your employee [or] dependant than to pay the fine,” said Haidar Al Yousuf, DHA’s Director of Health Funding.  “It’s a very minimum cost which provides health security and stability to individuals,” he added.  Al Yousuf said that the basic coverage package made premiums for elderly dependants far cheaper.  “Similarly, premiums for elderly dependants were extremely expensive before the scheme and are affordable today,” he added.  The Essential Benefit Package can be boosted with optional add-on cover.  The last and final phase in the three-year roll-out for full insurance cover for everyone in Dubai ended on July 31.  However, the DHA extended a six-month grace period, by not linking insurance cover to the visa renewal process until the end of the year.  But penalties are already in place for those companies who fall into the earlier roll out phases (phase 1 and 2) and have not complied with the deadline of the phase.  The DHA’s website, www.isahd.ae, lists 50 insurance companies that provide health insurance choices at different rates.  Nine of these insurance companies have been approved to dispense the bare-bones Essential Benefit Package.  The basic cover includes outpatient consultancy at clinics, referrals to specialist and for surgical and pathology investigations, maternity health cover, emergency visit to hospital and any surgery required as well as medications.  Women who have become pregnant either before or after getting the insurance will be covered for the cost of maternity care.  While employers have group insurance schemes for their employees, a resident can shop for a tailor-made cover for his dependants that include spouse, minors and domestic house help.     The amount of fine to be paid per month, per employee or resident from January 1, 2017   is Dh500.  The proportion of Dubai’s population who already have mandatory health insurance  is 88% already.   There will be 3.4 million insured Dubai residents by June.  There are 50 insurance companies that has DHA permit to provide health insurance services in Dubai.  There are 9 insurance companies to provide basic health coverage to employees earning Dh4,000 and less.  There are 44 million health insurance services provided to individuals through the health insurance system in Dubai in 2016.  There is Dh6.8 billion total cost of the services.  There were 32 million individual diagnosis made in 2015.  Dh17.4 million of prescriptions issued.  There were 20,602 doctors have used the Dubai e-claims system. Source: Gulf News



Dubai residents have just few days left, until December 31, to get health insurance, or face fines, an official said on Wednesday.

Starting January 1, 2017, a fine of 500 Dirhams per month will be paid by each resident who does not have mandatory health insurance coverage.
 
The said fine must be paid by either an employee’s sponsor, or a resident who is sponsoring dependants. If not provided by a an employee’s company, dependants can include spouses, children and domestic workers such as houseboys, maids and nannies.
HANGGANG DECEMBER 31 NA LANG ANG PALUGIT PARA SA MGA WALA PANG HEALTH INSURANCE. WALANG VISA RENEWAL SA MGA DUBAI RESIDENTS KUNG WALANG MANDATORY HEALTH INSURANCE COVERAGE AYON SA DUBAI HEALTH AUTHORITY. MAGBABAYAD PA NG MULTA NA 500 DIRHAMS KADA BUWAN..Dubai residents have just few days left, until December 31, to get health insurance, or face fines, an official said on Wednesday.  Starting January 1, 2017, a fine of 500 Dirhams per month will be paid by each resident who does not have mandatory health insurance coverage.   The said fine must be paid by either an employee’s sponsor, or a resident who is sponsoring dependants. If not provided by a an employee’s company, dependants can include spouses, children and domestic workers such as houseboys, maids and nannies.   No new visa will be granted and no existing one renewed without health insurance.  This rule will be enforced in cooperation between Dubai Health Authority (DHA) and the General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs (GDRFA).  Compulsory insurance coverage  applies to Dubai residents only.     DHA officials  urged sponsors who have not yet provided their employees and dependants with insurance to comply as soon as possible.  The yearly premium for the most basic health insurance cover, known as the Essential Benefit Package, ranges from Dh565 to Dh650 — not much more than the cost of a single month’s fine.    The beneficiary with basic insurance cover — aimed at dependants and employees who make less than Dh4,000 monthly — gets a maximum coverage of up to Dh150,000.     “It is much cheaper to insure your employee [or] dependant than to pay the fine,” said Haidar Al Yousuf, DHA’s Director of Health Funding.  “It’s a very minimum cost which provides health security and stability to individuals,” he added.  Al Yousuf said that the basic coverage package made premiums for elderly dependants far cheaper.  “Similarly, premiums for elderly dependants were extremely expensive before the scheme and are affordable today,” he added.  The Essential Benefit Package can be boosted with optional add-on cover.  The last and final phase in the three-year roll-out for full insurance cover for everyone in Dubai ended on July 31.  However, the DHA extended a six-month grace period, by not linking insurance cover to the visa renewal process until the end of the year.  But penalties are already in place for those companies who fall into the earlier roll out phases (phase 1 and 2) and have not complied with the deadline of the phase.  The DHA’s website, www.isahd.ae, lists 50 insurance companies that provide health insurance choices at different rates.  Nine of these insurance companies have been approved to dispense the bare-bones Essential Benefit Package.  The basic cover includes outpatient consultancy at clinics, referrals to specialist and for surgical and pathology investigations, maternity health cover, emergency visit to hospital and any surgery required as well as medications.  Women who have become pregnant either before or after getting the insurance will be covered for the cost of maternity care.  While employers have group insurance schemes for their employees, a resident can shop for a tailor-made cover for his dependants that include spouse, minors and domestic house help.     The amount of fine to be paid per month, per employee or resident from January 1, 2017   is Dh500.  The proportion of Dubai’s population who already have mandatory health insurance  is 88% already.   There will be 3.4 million insured Dubai residents by June.  There are 50 insurance companies that has DHA permit to provide health insurance services in Dubai.  There are 9 insurance companies to provide basic health coverage to employees earning Dh4,000 and less.  There are 44 million health insurance services provided to individuals through the health insurance system in Dubai in 2016.  There is Dh6.8 billion total cost of the services.  There were 32 million individual diagnosis made in 2015.  Dh17.4 million of prescriptions issued.  There were 20,602 doctors have used the Dubai e-claims system. Source: Gulf News

 No new visa will be granted and no existing one renewed without health insurance.

This rule will be enforced in cooperation between Dubai Health Authority (DHA) and the General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs (GDRFA).

Compulsory insurance coverage  applies to Dubai residents only.

Dubai residents have just few days left, until December 31, to get health insurance, or face fines, an official said on Wednesday.  Starting January 1, 2017, a fine of 500 Dirhams per month will be paid by each resident who does not have mandatory health insurance coverage.   The said fine must be paid by either an employee’s sponsor, or a resident who is sponsoring dependants. If not provided by a an employee’s company, dependants can include spouses, children and domestic workers such as houseboys, maids and nannies.   No new visa will be granted and no existing one renewed without health insurance.  This rule will be enforced in cooperation between Dubai Health Authority (DHA) and the General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs (GDRFA).  Compulsory insurance coverage  applies to Dubai residents only.     DHA officials  urged sponsors who have not yet provided their employees and dependants with insurance to comply as soon as possible.  The yearly premium for the most basic health insurance cover, known as the Essential Benefit Package, ranges from Dh565 to Dh650 — not much more than the cost of a single month’s fine.    The beneficiary with basic insurance cover — aimed at dependants and employees who make less than Dh4,000 monthly — gets a maximum coverage of up to Dh150,000.     “It is much cheaper to insure your employee [or] dependant than to pay the fine,” said Haidar Al Yousuf, DHA’s Director of Health Funding.  “It’s a very minimum cost which provides health security and stability to individuals,” he added.  Al Yousuf said that the basic coverage package made premiums for elderly dependants far cheaper.  “Similarly, premiums for elderly dependants were extremely expensive before the scheme and are affordable today,” he added.  The Essential Benefit Package can be boosted with optional add-on cover.  The last and final phase in the three-year roll-out for full insurance cover for everyone in Dubai ended on July 31.  However, the DHA extended a six-month grace period, by not linking insurance cover to the visa renewal process until the end of the year.  But penalties are already in place for those companies who fall into the earlier roll out phases (phase 1 and 2) and have not complied with the deadline of the phase.  The DHA’s website, www.isahd.ae, lists 50 insurance companies that provide health insurance choices at different rates.  Nine of these insurance companies have been approved to dispense the bare-bones Essential Benefit Package.  The basic cover includes outpatient consultancy at clinics, referrals to specialist and for surgical and pathology investigations, maternity health cover, emergency visit to hospital and any surgery required as well as medications.  Women who have become pregnant either before or after getting the insurance will be covered for the cost of maternity care.  While employers have group insurance schemes for their employees, a resident can shop for a tailor-made cover for his dependants that include spouse, minors and domestic house help.     The amount of fine to be paid per month, per employee or resident from January 1, 2017   is Dh500.  The proportion of Dubai’s population who already have mandatory health insurance  is 88% already.   There will be 3.4 million insured Dubai residents by June.  There are 50 insurance companies that has DHA permit to provide health insurance services in Dubai.  There are 9 insurance companies to provide basic health coverage to employees earning Dh4,000 and less.  There are 44 million health insurance services provided to individuals through the health insurance system in Dubai in 2016.  There is Dh6.8 billion total cost of the services.  There were 32 million individual diagnosis made in 2015.  Dh17.4 million of prescriptions issued.  There were 20,602 doctors have used the Dubai e-claims system. Source: Gulf News


DHA officials  urged sponsors who have not yet provided their employees and dependants with insurance to comply as soon as possible.

The yearly premium for the most basic health insurance cover, known as the Essential Benefit Package, ranges from Dh565 to Dh650 — not much more than the cost of a single month’s fine.



The beneficiary with basic insurance cover — aimed at dependants and employees who make less than Dh4,000 monthly — gets a maximum coverage of up to Dh150,000.

Dubai residents have just few days left, until December 31, to get health insurance, or face fines, an official said on Wednesday.  Starting January 1, 2017, a fine of 500 Dirhams per month will be paid by each resident who does not have mandatory health insurance coverage.   The said fine must be paid by either an employee’s sponsor, or a resident who is sponsoring dependants. If not provided by a an employee’s company, dependants can include spouses, children and domestic workers such as houseboys, maids and nannies.   No new visa will be granted and no existing one renewed without health insurance.  This rule will be enforced in cooperation between Dubai Health Authority (DHA) and the General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs (GDRFA).  Compulsory insurance coverage  applies to Dubai residents only.     DHA officials  urged sponsors who have not yet provided their employees and dependants with insurance to comply as soon as possible.  The yearly premium for the most basic health insurance cover, known as the Essential Benefit Package, ranges from Dh565 to Dh650 — not much more than the cost of a single month’s fine.    The beneficiary with basic insurance cover — aimed at dependants and employees who make less than Dh4,000 monthly — gets a maximum coverage of up to Dh150,000.     “It is much cheaper to insure your employee [or] dependant than to pay the fine,” said Haidar Al Yousuf, DHA’s Director of Health Funding.  “It’s a very minimum cost which provides health security and stability to individuals,” he added.  Al Yousuf said that the basic coverage package made premiums for elderly dependants far cheaper.  “Similarly, premiums for elderly dependants were extremely expensive before the scheme and are affordable today,” he added.  The Essential Benefit Package can be boosted with optional add-on cover.  The last and final phase in the three-year roll-out for full insurance cover for everyone in Dubai ended on July 31.  However, the DHA extended a six-month grace period, by not linking insurance cover to the visa renewal process until the end of the year.  But penalties are already in place for those companies who fall into the earlier roll out phases (phase 1 and 2) and have not complied with the deadline of the phase.  The DHA’s website, www.isahd.ae, lists 50 insurance companies that provide health insurance choices at different rates.  Nine of these insurance companies have been approved to dispense the bare-bones Essential Benefit Package.  The basic cover includes outpatient consultancy at clinics, referrals to specialist and for surgical and pathology investigations, maternity health cover, emergency visit to hospital and any surgery required as well as medications.  Women who have become pregnant either before or after getting the insurance will be covered for the cost of maternity care.  While employers have group insurance schemes for their employees, a resident can shop for a tailor-made cover for his dependants that include spouse, minors and domestic house help.     The amount of fine to be paid per month, per employee or resident from January 1, 2017   is Dh500.  The proportion of Dubai’s population who already have mandatory health insurance  is 88% already.   There will be 3.4 million insured Dubai residents by June.  There are 50 insurance companies that has DHA permit to provide health insurance services in Dubai.  There are 9 insurance companies to provide basic health coverage to employees earning Dh4,000 and less.  There are 44 million health insurance services provided to individuals through the health insurance system in Dubai in 2016.  There is Dh6.8 billion total cost of the services.  There were 32 million individual diagnosis made in 2015.  Dh17.4 million of prescriptions issued.  There were 20,602 doctors have used the Dubai e-claims system. Source: Gulf News


“It is much cheaper to insure your employee [or] dependant than to pay the fine,” said Haidar Al Yousuf, DHA’s Director of Health Funding.

“It’s a very minimum cost which provides health security and stability to individuals,” he added.

Al Yousuf said that the basic coverage package made premiums for elderly dependants far cheaper.

“Similarly, premiums for elderly dependants were extremely expensive before the scheme and are affordable today,” he added.

The Essential Benefit Package can be boosted with optional add-on cover.

The last and final phase in the three-year roll-out for full insurance cover for everyone in Dubai ended on July 31.

However, the DHA extended a six-month grace period, by not linking insurance cover to the visa renewal process until the end of the year.

But penalties are already in place for those companies who fall into the earlier roll out phases (phase 1 and 2) and have not complied with the deadline of the phase.

The DHA’s website, www.isahd.ae, lists 50 insurance companies that provide health insurance choices at different rates.

Nine of these insurance companies have been approved to dispense the bare-bones Essential Benefit Package.

The basic cover includes outpatient consultancy at clinics, referrals to specialist and for surgical and pathology investigations, maternity health cover, emergency visit to hospital and any surgery required as well as medications.

Women who have become pregnant either before or after getting the insurance will be covered for the cost of maternity care.

While employers have group insurance schemes for their employees, a resident can shop for a tailor-made cover for his dependants that include spouse, minors and domestic house help.




The amount of fine to be paid per month, per employee or resident from January 1, 2017   is Dh500.

The proportion of Dubai’s population who already have mandatory health insurance  is 88% already.

 There will be 3.4 million insured Dubai residents by June.

There are 50 insurance companies that has DHA permit to provide health insurance services in Dubai.

There are 9 insurance companies to provide basic health coverage to employees earning Dh4,000 and less.

There are 44 million health insurance services provided to individuals through the health insurance system in Dubai in 2016.

There is Dh6.8 billion total cost of the services.

There were 32 million individual diagnosis made in 2015.

Dh17.4 million of prescriptions issued.

There were 20,602 doctors have used the Dubai e-claims system.

Source: Gulf News
©2016 THOUGHTSKOTO

Monday, October 10, 2016

THIS OFW IN DUBAI PROCESSED THE RENEWAL OF HIS PASSPORT FOR ONLY 30 MINUTES!


Tristan, an OFW based in DUBAI detailed about the new developments while renewing his passport in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. He has this to say:

"Today I went to the Philippine Consulate here in Dubai to renew my expiring passport. Knowing how dreadful and long this day could be, I decided to bring some of my favorite magazines to accompany me along with a big bottle of water and some sweets.
The last time I renewed my passport here in Dubai was almost a nightmare. It's not only because it took me the whole day to complete the processing but also because of the mean and rude government satff. Nakakaawa yung ibang OFW na para bang utang na loob sa gobyerno ang kumuha ng bagong pasaporte.
But what happened today was a totally different scenario. Believe me or not, it only took me 30 minutes to complete the processing. And the staff and crew were very helpful, kind and efficient. Hindi ko na nga nabasa o nabuklat man lang ang mga dala-dala kong babasahin.

Many of Filipino people today will not see and feel this gradual change, well at least not for now. Lalo na yung mga Pilipino na hindi umaalis ng kanilang mala-palasyong bahay o yung mga hindi bumababa sa kanilang magagarang sasakyan. Pero kaming mga sinasabi na nasa laylayan, lalo na ang mga OFW na gaya ko ay ramdam ang mistulang pagbabago sa ihip ng hangin - unti unti na kaming minamahal at binibigyan ng respeto at ng halaga ng ating gobyerno.

Mga ma'am and sir, may mga magaganda pong nangyayari sa'ting bansa. Naway 'wag po tayo palaging maging alipin ng mga mali at malisyosong pinapahayag ng media. Meron din pong mga magagandang balita na gaya neto."







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Monday, August 29, 2016

QATAR,DUBAI AND SAUDI ARABIA TO CHARGE EXIT TAX ON PASSENGERS


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QATAR,DUBAI AND SAUDI ARABIA TO CHARGE EXIT TAX ON PASSENGERS
Hamad International Airport in Doha,Qatar will  be charging exit tax on the passengers flying out  out of Qatar.
There is a circular distributed to the agencies with an adviseory that Hamad International Airport will introduce a new Passenger facility charge of 35 Qatari Riyal for tickets issued on or after August 30 and for any travel starting December 1 onwards.the fee will be added automatically to the individuals's plane ticket price.Transit passengers who will fly ito and out of the airport within 24 hours will be likewise charged.
However,infants under the age of 2 years old without a seat and transit passengers who do not require an aircraft change or involuntary rerouted will be exempted.
The new charge comes as the government seeks new revenue stream amid the fall of oil prices.


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In related news,UAE officials announced that the money collected from the new exit taxes will be used for the improvement of Dubai's airport infrastructure.The Dubai's decision to roll out exit tax fees happened earlier this year.
In Dubai,the departure tax will be 35 Dirhams.They already began charging the exit fee last March 1,2016.
Dubai International Airport is the worlds busiest airport for international traffic.In January,7.3 million passengers used the said airport  with a yearly basis increase of 6.3%.The airport had average monthly traffic of nearly 6.5 million passengers according to Paul Griffiths,Dubai airport chief executive.

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Meanwhile,in Saudi Arabia,inbound and outbound passengers who will use the airport facilities will be charged with 87 Saudi Riyals.Passengers who will remain on planes in transit will be exempted by paying the said tax.
The General Authority of Civil Aviation (GACA) has announced that the fees would be collected from the airline companies.It means the exit tax will be included in your plane ticket cost.


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Thursday, August 11, 2016

DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES CRACKDOWN ON DRUG PROBLEMS, MORE THAN 60 FILIPINOS BEHIND BARS!

IN DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES CRACKDOWN ON DRUG PROBLEMS, MORE THAN 60 FILIPINOS BEHIND BARS FOR DRUG CALLED SHABU

The number of arrested in drugs and drugs abuse, and other drug related cases in the Philippines escalates every day as the Duterte administration waged war against it but the war doesn't seem to take place only in the country.

In Dubai, more than 60 Filipinos were arrested and jailed for drug problems and in dealing  and using what commonly called drug - the "shabu". 

According to Consul General Paul Raymund Cortes,the number of the drug related arrests is expected to rise due to crack down taking place in different areas particularly  in Karama and Satwa.

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According to the reports,the number of the arrests involving Filipinos on drugs has increased by 65% compared to the previous year and this includes a total of 146 detainees at the Dubai Central Jail serving 25 years of jail term including 66 inmates 12 of which are women and the youngest is 22 years old.
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In another news, the United Arab Emirates consulate has issued an alert against travelling with forged documents as around 2,000  Filipino passengers bound to UAE were being offloaded at the international airports for carrying falsified papers.
 A list of 25 agencies and their representatives who allegedly provided fake documents to sponsor visitors or family members  has been provided to Dubai police for investigation,the Consulate officials said.
The passengers were offloaded after failing  the second immigration screening following possession of questionable documents.
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Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Beware: New Modus, Fake Passport Extensions In Dubai


The Philippine Consulate in Dubai is warning Filipinos not to resort to fixers offering bogus passport extension or they could land in jail for forgery. Forging or tampering an official document is punishable under the UAE law.

For the past two weeks, there had been reported cases of passports bearing fake stamps and forged consular signature, Consul general Paul Raymond Cortes said. 

The consulate clarified that the passport stamping for extension purposes has been stopped already since January. The only exemption where passport extension can be granted is on medical emergency or death in the family. 

According to the investigation, the spouse/husband of the passport holder paid DH 700 to a fixer, for the fake passport extension.
Consul Ferdinand Flores, whose signature was forged on the passport, said: "obviously it was a scam because the cost of renewing a passport is just Dh240 and an emergency passport extension is just Dh 120. The signature was even stamped and not manually signed on the passport."





Deputy consul general Giovanni Palec said that tampering the passport will not only nullify the passport, but it is also a criminal act. 
Palec added extending the passport is not practical because "even if you extend it, once you pass through the immigration, it will still show that it has already expired... That's why we don't do extensions anymore and besides a new passport can now be issued in three weeks time," he added.

Palec said they will ask the assistance of the Dubai Criminal Investigation Department (CID) to identify and apprehend the perpetrators of this scam. The consular officials will also send their specimen signatures to the immigration.

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Do You Know Why Dubai Policemen Are Driving Luxury Cars?




 
The Middle East countries are know to be a hub of many luxury cars. Driving on the streets, you might have difficulty keeping track of the number of sports cars passing by. Eventually if you live here, sports cars become sort of ordinary scene on the streets. Include also those badass motorcycles and convertible cars they drive, I sometimes wonder if they don't ever feel uncomfortable with the humidity and scorching heat specially during summer. 


But there is one thing more interesting than that, they have jaw-dropping police cars in Dubai. Yes, policemen drive luxury cars in the city of Dubai, and it is not just your ordinary sports car, these are the top of the collection. You name it, Mercedes SLS, Ferrari FF and Lamborghini Aventador, Bugatti Veyron, Aston Martin One, Bentley Continental GT, Mercedes-Benz Brabus G 700, Audi R8 V10. These are only some of the luxury cars that 15,000 Dubai Policemen use to drive. 


Are you now thinking of getting that job? Or probably you want to get arrested already so you could have a ride in one of these cool cars.





Police officer Matar usually is cruising the streets of Downtown behind the wheel of an Aston Martin One-77 or Bentley Continental GT, said, “One tourist even came over to me and asked me to handcuff him and put him in the car – he was laughing, saying ‘please, I want to have a trip in a Bugatti”.

Many tourists are also asking to have their pictures taken beside these cars.



If you are wondering why Dubai Policemen have to drive luxury cars, the officer said “The concept of having such luxury cars as police cars has helped Dubai’s reputation. When you have the tallest tower in the world, then you need to have super cars in the city too.”
Brabus G 700
Up to date, non- of these super fast cars had been involved in a high speed pursuit yet. Who would dare to be chased by any of these? 

“We will have more cars joining the fleet, but it will be a surprise for everyone”, Mattar added.


Ferrari FF, the world's fastest 4-seater car
Lamborghini Aventador


Buggati Veyron 
There are only 77 units produced Aston Martin One-77. With a cost of $1.4 million, Dubai didn't hesitate to add this to their collection.
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Wednesday, January 06, 2016

World's Largest Theme Park With Over $1 Billion Value Looking For Talents





IMG World of Adventure, opens its door to actors, singers and talented performers.

It is inviting talented individuals including actors, singers and performers to audition at The Fridge, Al Serkel Avenue, Al Quoz 1 on January 5, 6 and 7.


The successful actors selected will join a cast of actors that have already been cast during auditions that were held in London and Paris in November.




To audition, actors with significant experience and ability in acting, dancing and singing are invited to email IMG Worlds of Adventure’s casting agency.

IMG World of Adventure is expected to be the largest indoor theme park and it is scheduled to open this year in Dubai.

 The park itself which  is valued over $1 billion will have four different zones each based on a theme including Cartoon Network, Marvel, Lost Valley-Dinosaur Adventure, and IMG Boulevard. The park will have live performances 
interactive rides and various leisure attractions including roller coasters, a 5D cinema and retail areas. 
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Monday, December 28, 2015

UAE MIGHT RE-HIRE PHILIPPINES HOUSEKEEPERS AGAIN, IF MAID'S PROTECTION WILL BE GUARANTEED!


There is a chance that UAE will be opening its doors again for kasambahay or household service workers if the talks will pursue and mutually beneficial to both parties, and maid's protection will be guaranteed.

Gulf News reported that:
"The UAE and Philippine labour officials will hold their second round of discussions on the issue of re-sending Filipino maids to the UAE in the first quarter of 2016.


UAE employers have not been able to hire maids directly from the Philippines since June 2014 due to conflicting recruitment rules from the UAE and labour-sending countries like the Philippines.
The issue arose when the Ministry of Interior introduced a unified contract for domestic workers that led to the suspension of various embassies’ role in verifying and attesting contracts, including the Philippines.
But the Philippines insists that based on their domestic laws, they are mandated to verify and record these contracts to protect their workers.


With the suspension of contract verification, no maids could be hired directly from the Philippines legally. This is a problem for many residents since Filipina maids are the preferred house help in the country.
Cruz said the second round of talks is expected to happen in the first quarter of 2016. Once all matters are agreed upon, an agreement is expected to be signed between the two countries in the following months."
Read the rest of the news entry here


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UAE EXPATS AND OVERSEAS FILIPINOS, SOME GOOD NEWS STARTING JANUARY 2016


With the introduction of the new UAE labor laws to be implemented this January 2016, some info's are starting to come out. As reported in the 24/7 UAE news organization, the 6-months ban for workers who end their job even without completing the two year contract, provided, the employer and the employee are in mutual agreement.


 "UAE Ministry of Labour has confirmed that the ban of six months will be cancelled beginning January if the work permit and employment are terminated in mutual agreement.

Who are those in LEVEL 1,2 and 3?


LEVEL 1- Professions include: Manager, Engineer, Doctor, Teacher, Accountant, Accounts Clerk, Marketing Specialist, Quantity Surveyor, Draftsman, Executive Secretary, Pharmacist, Administration Officer, Reservation Officer, Safety Officer, Public Relations Officer, Computer Operator, Advertising Designer, Graphic Arts Draftsman etc.
LEVEL 2 - Technical, Technicians and Mechanical related professions.
LEVEL 3 - Sales Executive, Sales Representative, Sales Supervisor, Site Supervisor, Administration Clerk, Correspondence Clerk, Customs Clearing Clerk, Ticketing Clerk, Cash Desk Clerk, Receptionist, Cashier, Store Keeper, Tourist Guide etc. 

According to the 24/7 News, "the Ministry, employees will be allowed new work permits to join another facility immediately, even if the employee has not completed two years at the first facility.

However, the Ministry confirmed that workers under level IV and V who have not completed six months with the first establishment will be excluded from this rule.

The new rule is part of the new resolutions issued by Labour Minister Saqr Ghobash in September and which will be effective in January."




"Humaid Rashid bin Dimas Al Suwaidi, Assistant Undersecretary at Ministry of Labour, told Al Bayan that under the new resolution, employees who end their service in agreement with the establishments and cancel their work permits will be allowed to move to other establishments, even if they have not completed two years at the workplace.
However, workers in levels IV and V who have not completed six months with the first facility are exempted from this rule, he added.
Al Suwaidi said that currently workers who terminate their service through consensus and have completed two years are also not allowed to move to another facility immediately. They are allowed to join another job only after a period of six months from the date of cancellation of the work permit, he added.
As per the new resolution No. 766 of 2015 workers will be granted new work permits immediately beginning January, explained Al Suwaidi and added that this is so as long as both the parties fulfill the conditions agreed upon in the labour contract signed between them."
image from NY Times. Q and A on DUBAI law here
news Source: 24/7
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Friday, December 04, 2015

NAIA Theft vs. Baggage Handler Stole Toothbrush from Passenger in Dubai.


In a report
"A baggage handler at Dubai airport has been sentenced to three months in jail for stealing a toothbrush from a passenger’s luggage. Dubai Court of First Instance heard the Pakistani also took an Apple iPhone charger as he loaded bags on to a plane at Dubai International Airport Terminal 3. The 24-year-old was spotted taking the items by a security guard, who confronted the worker shortly after the theft on May 1.

The baggage handler was later arrested and put on trial accused of theft. In court, he told Judge Mohammed Jamal he had been hungry and opened a passenger’s bag looking for food. He said: “I opened some bags searching for snacks or sweets. I found the toothbrush and the charger and took them instead.” Prosecutors said an Emirati security officer, aged 30, tasked with monitoring CCTV footage spotted the handler acting suspicious. He said: “I saw him open a passenger’s bag and steal something before loading it on the airplane. “


At first he denied opening the bags and stealing but later he took a toothbrush and phone charger from his pocket. We called Dubai Police, who came and arrested him.” During the investigation, the accused said he would open passengers’ bags to steal anything he could find."
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Compare that to the baggage handlers caight with evidence at the NAIA Airport



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