Showing posts with label the UAE. Show all posts
Showing posts with label the UAE. Show all posts

Friday, July 29, 2016

Latest News Post: In Saudi, Money Reward if you Report Violation; In UAE, Penalty for Using Virtual Private Network

News Post: In the UAE, or United Arab Emirates, Penalty for Using VPN or Virtual Private Network Connection

In UAE,creating or using a VPN (Virtual Private Network) fraudulently  can land you in jail and pay AED2,000 to AED2,000,000.
Yes,you read it right and it is actually included in the new series of federal laws on IT crimes. 

Article 1 provides for replacing the text of Article 9 of Federal Law No. 9/2012 as follows:

Whoever uses a fraudulent computer network protocol address (IP address) by using a false address or a third-party address by any other means for the purpose of committing a crime or preventing its discovery, shall be punished by temporary imprisonment and a fine of no less than Dh500,000 and not exceeding Dh2,000,000, or either of these two penalties.
What is a VPN Client or a VPN Network?
VPN passthrough,  allows you to connect to a secure VPN server or a secured private network and hide your actual location which is considered as a fraudulent use of an IP address.

Some apps like  viber,snapchat,whatsapp,which are messaging and voice apps and are used by the expats to communicate with their families in their home countries for free are inaccessible in the region.People use VPNs to acces these apps so that they dont need to use expensive  services offered by the local Telcos.

In Saudi Arabia, Latest News is You Can Get 25% Money Reward if you Report Violation; 

Meanwhile, Ministry of Labor law in Saudi Arabian Government is giving rewards to anyone who will report Saudization violations,especially in the IT sector.The amount equal to 25% of the actual fine will be rewarded to the informant as announced by Labor and Social Development Minister Mufrej Al-Haqabani. 

The ministry will conduct "community inspections" allowing every individual to report Saudization violations.
This is in accordance with  the 100% Saudization goal for the IT Sector starting on September.

Haqabani said that young Saudis has proven their ability in the IT sector and that they are the source of pride and their participation in the IT market is fantastic and professional and the young Saudi IT's proved that they are capable of doing such tasks.

Saudization aims to give jobs to locals including Saudi women,improve working environment and reduce unemployment rate in the Kingdom.

We hope they will also check Saudi violations for expats, including those expats who has no private health insurance. 



Monday, December 28, 2015


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

Posted by PEBA, Inc. on Sunday, December 27, 2015


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

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Filipina In Dubai Pleaded Guilty Of Forging UAE Visas Of Fellow Filipinos

We often hear of OFWs being abused. When living abroad as OFW, it would always be nice to know another Filipino whom we can trust. But what would you do if you sought for the help of a fellow Filipino only to find out later that the person you have trusted has swindled you. 

A 25 year old Filipina working in Dubai as travel consultant was reported to have embezzled DH64,000 or approximately Php774,000.

She pleaded guilty and told judge Ezzat Abdul Lat at the Dubai Court of First Instance on Thursday, “Yes, I forged the visas and took the money for myself,” 

The Filipina travel consultant managed the forging by printing out the authentic visa forms obtained from Dubai’s General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners’ Affairs online system. She made several photocopies and tampered the tourists details before sending it to potential tourists- who thought that they were getting valid/ authentic visas. 

Her employer learned of the forging she has done when two Filipino victims called their office to complain about the forged visas they received. 

When her employer confronted her she admitted that she forged the visas as well as the receipts on file to cover up what she was doing. 

The ruling on her case will be heard on May 28. 



Monday, April 13, 2015

Filipina Tried To Abort Baby, Caught In Dubai Airport

Dubai: A maid has been accused of spiking Coca-Cola with Panadol and taking pills to terminate a pregnancy after she had unmarried sex with her boyfriend.
Dubai International Airport’s paramedic teams rushed the 30-year-old Filipina maid, J.B., to hospital after she collapsed in pain and bled profusely due to the illegal abortion she attempted shortly before boarding a plane for her country in January.
Image from Coco Panadol via Twitter.
 Dubai: A maid has been accused of spiking Coca-Cola with Panadol and taking pills to terminate a pregnancy after she had unmarried sex with her boyfriend.
Dubai International Airport’s paramedic teams rushed the 30-year-old Filipina maid, J.B., to hospital after she collapsed in pain and bled profusely due to the illegal abortion she attempted shortly before boarding a plane for her country in January.Prosecutors charged the Filipina with having unmarried sex with her countryman, J., who left the UAE a few months back, and trying to get rid of the foetus after taking banned abortion pills.

J.B. entered a guilty plea and confessed that she tried to carry out the abortion herself when she appeared before the Dubai Court of First Instance on Sunday.

“Yes, I had consensual sex with J., who impregnated me. I also took abortion pills,” the Filipina told presiding judge Fahd Al Shamsi.

After she recovered from the operation she claimed to police interrogators that she met J. in July 2014 and they had a love affair, according to records.

“We had sex several times. On the day of the incident, I went to the airport with my sponsor who had cancelled my residency and wanted me to go back home. A week before I collapsed at the airport, I purchased two abortion pills from M. for Dh400 after I met him in a mall. I took Panadol and Coca- Cola and used the abortion pills,” she claimed.

Read the whole story at GulfNews 

Saturday, June 07, 2014

6 GCC Countries, Isang Tourist Visa na Lang!?

Ang Gulf Cooperation Council, o grupo ng anim na bansa na kasalukuyang binubuo ng mga sumusunod, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, UAE, Qatar, Oman, Bahrain ay magpapatupad ng iisang visa para sa lahat ng turistang pumapasok sa kanilang bansa. Good news ito sa mga kababayang OFW at maging sa may mga balak maging turista sa anim na bansa sapagkat maiikot mo ang mga bansang ito na hindi kailangang bumili ng visa kada entry points.

GCC Seal/Logo

"The Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) is expected to introduce a unified visa that would allow tourists to visit all six member-countries, which are Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, the UAE, Kuwait, Qatar and Oman." 

Parang kagaya ng Schengen visa in Europe, kung saan makakabili na ang mga turista ng iisang Visa na tatagal ng isang buwan hanggang isang taon depende sa klase ng inyong inaaplayan kung single tourist visa o multiple reentry visa.

Matatandaang ang mga locals ng bawat miyembro ng bansa sa GCC ay makakabiyahe sa kahit saan sa anim na mga bansa ng libre at walang visa. Kung sakaling maisakatuparan na ito na ang mga turista ay makakabili ng iisang visa para sa anim na bansa, magiging madami ang turista na siyang ikakalago ng ekonomiya.

Ilan sa mga magagandang lugar na pupuntahan ay ang DUBAI, Abu Dhabi at Al Ain sa UAE, Manama sa Bahrain, Jeddah at Eastern Region ng Saudi, Doha, Qatar at Kuwait and Muscat Oman. 

Dubai Buildings

Ayun sa Arab News

Najeeb Al-Shaamesi, director general of the Higher Advisory Commission at the GCC, told a local newspaper that a consultative committee had stressed the need for a unified GCC tourist visa to promote tourism in the Gulf region.
“The next meeting of the commission, with members of the consultative committee, will approve the final recommendations, which will then be submitted to the GCC leadership for ratification at the summit in the Qatari capital,” Al-Shaamesi told the newspaper.

A study recently investigated the economic and technical viability of such a visa and recommended that the GCC summit approves it. Once approved, it would allow a tourist to use the visa issued in one GCC nation to visit all the others."

The Pearl in Qatar

"High-ranking business leaders and travel and tourism experts welcomed the proposal.
“This will be like a Schengen visa that allows a traveler to visit most of the European countries with a single visa,” said Abdul Rahman Al-Rashed, a Shoura Council member and former chairman of the Asharqia Chamber. “It is a welcome step and will ease tourist travel across the region. It will provide a much-needed boost for the tourism industry.”

Dammam-based travel industry veteran Abdullah Abu Khamseen described it as a step in the right direction. “This will help promote the region as a good travel destination,” he said.
“Someone traveling from a far-off place generally likes to spend at least two weeks at a tourist destination. If this person comes to Bahrain, there is not much to do beyond four days. He or she would definitely want to spend time in other countries in the region which they cannot do currently with a single visa,” said Abu Khamseen.

He said this would also apply to those traveling to Saudi Arabia for Umrah. 
“After spending a week in Saudi Arabia, they can go to Oman, Bahrain, or the UAE with the same visa. This will lead to greater movement of tourists and will boost the region’s local economies,” he said.
“When we combine the unified visa with tourist attractions in the six countries, this region has the potential to become a magnet for international tourists,” said Abu Khamseen. 
“The hassle of getting visas from different GCC countries was too much for international travelers and that is the reason for this region not being considered a big travel destination. I am very happy with this decision.”

Praveen Gandhi, executive general manager for Kanoo Travel, was ecstatic. 
“I have always wondered why this was not being done,” he told Arab News. “I would even ask the GCC countries to do away with the stamping of passports in each country. Passport pages are filled up from frequent stampings. This is not done in Europe. With the Schengen visa you can arrive in one country where the passport is stamped and then travel across the region without it being stamped again.”

According to Gandhi, the region has immense tourist potential. 
“A unified tourist visa will send international travelers heading in this direction.”