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UAE unveils first multi-entry five-year tourist visas
The UAE unveiled its first multi-entry five-year tourist visa during the first Cabinet meeting of the year. On Monday, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, said the visa would allow tourists multiple entries into the country over five years. It is not clear if there will be a visa application fee and no other details have yet been released. Read article...
06.01.2019 United Arab Emirates
UAE to introduce new consumer protection law
The UAE approved a new federal law aimed at safeguarding consumer rights and keeping pace with advances in technology. The UAE Cabinet, chaired by Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, agreed to bolster legislation to protect the public from potential price hikes and tighten up regulations surrounding the rapid growth of e-commerce. Read article...
26.12.2019 United Arab Emirates
Dubai brings in new paperless visa residency applications
Dubai residents can now apply for visas without having to queue up at a government service centre. A new feature on the Dubai Now app or website allows for residency visa applications to be submitted online, taking 30 minutes to two working days for approval. Read article...
11.12.2019 United Arab Emirates
Property deals hit one-day volume record as transactions surpass 2018 total
The volume of property transactions in Dubai is up 4 per cent to date this year than all of 2018, according to Property Finder. Gilles Ledos / Bloomberg. Momentum in Dubai’s property market continues to build, with the number of transactions hitting a one-day record on Sunday, according to listings portal Property Finder. Read article...
29.11.2019 United Arab Emirates
Dubai developers no longer allowed to collect service charges from property owners
New Law comes into effect removing developers from setting charges or collecting funds. Developers in Dubai have only a month left to start invoicing all service charges on ready properties through the Dubai Land Department’s “Mollak” electronic records Read article...
25.11.2019 United Arab Emirates
Beginning today: A new freehold ownership era starts in Dubai
Property owners take over control of property management, service charges under Rera. After handover of projects, developers will have no say in the setting up and running of the homeowners associations associated with their handed over projects. Read article...
22.11.2019 United Arab Emirates
UAE’s new insolvency law is a lifeline to those in chronic debt
Anew insolvency law to help UAE residents clear bad debts will ease the burden of heavy liabilities as the threat of criminal sanctions is removed, according to analysts. The federal law, passed by the UAE Cabinet on Sunday, protects Emiratis and residents in debt from legal prosecution and decriminalises financial obligations, offering an opportunity to resolve their financial dilemma while still supporting their families. Read article...
20.11.2019 United Arab Emirates
A three-day public holiday for the UAE will take place in December
The UAE Cabinet has approved a three-day holiday in December. Public and private sector workers will enjoy a public holiday on Sunday December 1 for Commemoration Day and two days' holiday for UAE National Day on December 2 and 3. So, the good news is, if you already get weekends off, Read article...
03.11.2019 United Arab Emirates
UAE moves to downgrade 28 minor offences
Animal abuse is among several offences that will now be punished with fines rather than through the courts. The UAE Attorney General identified 28 minor crimes previously brought before judges that will now incur a cash penalty. The move is intended to speed up procedures and take the pressure off the country’s judicial system. Read article...
20.10.2019 United Arab Emirates
Sugary drinks, e-cigarettes to cost more from December 1
UAE announced on Monday that the new selective tax on electronic smoking devices and tools and sweetened beverages will come into effect from this year. Read article...
09.10.2019 United Arab Emirates
Saudi Arabia relaxes dress code for women tourists
As Saudi Arabia announced a new tourist visa regime, the country also revealed a more relaxed dress code for women visitors. Female tourists in Saudi Arabia no longer need to wear an abaya. Read article...
03.10.2019 United Arab Emirates
Dubai rolls out virtual business licences for global investors
Dubai rolled out on Monday virtual commercial licences that allow investors from across the globe to establish commercial operations without the need to. Read article...
02.10.2019 United Arab Emirates
Emaar ban will not hold: DTCM rules in favour of holiday home owners
Dubai: A master developer cannot impose a ban on holiday operations within their communities in Dubai, according to the Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM). Read article...
19.09.2019 United Arab Emirates
No need for physical checking of Emirates ID at banks
Banks and financial institutions in the UAE can use online validation gateway of the Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship for identification verification of customers when opening their bank accounts. Read article...
16.09.2019 United Arab Emirates
UAE announces revised list of private, public sector holidays
The UAE's Federal Authority For Government Human Resources on Sunday announced a revision in the list of holidays for 2019. Read article...
10.09.2019 United Arab Emirates
Emaar ventures into holiday home market to rival short-stay tech companies in Dubai
Emaar Properties is entering the holiday home market with its own digital platform that will allow the listing of thousands of its premium properties in Dubai for short-term rental. Read article...
08.09.2019 United Arab Emirates
Saudi Arabian women celebrate as travel reforms come into effect
Hundreds of Saudi Arabian women reportedly crossed into Bahrain unaccompanied on Monday as landmark reforms lifting restrictions on travelling without men’s permission came into effect. Read article...
04.09.2019 United Arab Emirates
Labour Law Workshop Invitation
Join our employment law breakfast seminar series. Learn how to make offer letters and contracts work from the start on Wednesday, 11 September 2019, 8-10 am in cooperation with Meyer-Reumann & Partners and OLAM Group, Read article...
02.09.2019 United Arab Emirates
UAE to expand 'sin tax' to cover e-cigarettes, vapes and non-fizzy sugary drinks
E-cigarettes, vaping devices and tobacco refills are to be hit with a 100 per cent tax from January, the UAE Cabinet has said. The expansion of the 2017 excise tax on tobacco follows the legalisation of thesale of battery-powered smoking devices in mid-April. Read article...
28.08.2019 United Arab Emirates

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