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No visas for manual passports from 24th November 2015

22/6/2015 -

Beginning 24th November 2015, all hand-written or non-machine readable passports will no longer be valid in any other countries for visas, thereby restricting the ability to travel by holders.

New UAE Online Law for internet users

18/6/2015 -

People swearing online at others may be fined up to Dh.

Ramadan begins in the UAE; Changed timings announced

18/6/2015 -

The fasting month of Ramadan will begin on Thursday, the 18th June 2015 (Hijri year 1436), the UAE Ramadan Moon Sighting Committee has announced in the UAE.

Dubai allocates Dh120bn towards airport development

15/6/2015 -

An investment of about Dh120bn may be made for development of UAE airports to meet the growing passenger demand and for cargo shipment.

Ramadan work hours announced in UAE

15/6/2015 -

The work hours for employees at various ministries and other Federal Authorities will be from 9am to 2pm during the Ramadan period, according to a circular issued by Hussain bin Ibrahim al Hammadi, Minister of Education, and Chairman of Federal Authority for Government Human Resources.

Dubai Metro announces strategic extension plans

15/6/2015 -

The Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has unveiled plans to stretch the Metro tracks by another 110km by the year 2020 and to 421km by 2030.

Indians stand topmost in money remittance in UAE

11/6/2015 -

Expatriates from Pakistan, India and the Philippines are the topmost in money remittance in the UAE, having remitted a total of $20.

DFRE releases Ramadan in Dubai Calendar

9/6/2015 -



The Dubai Festivals and Retail Establishment (DFRE) has released the calendar for the fifth Ramadan in Dubai, which will begin on 19th June and give residents and visitors the opportunity to experience and know more about Ramadan.

UAE can grow into world-class leisure hub

9/6/2015 -

As per the PwC Report, UAE can grow into a world-class leisure and entertainment destination and compete against cities such as Singapore, Orlando and Hong Kong, if it takes a holistic approach to exploit its unique geographical positioning, high quality attractions and investment in infrastructure.

Expat visa processing to go completely online; smart apps to be launched

1/6/2015 -

The Director of the General Directorate of Residency and foreign Affairs (GDRFA) in Dubai, Maj Gen Mohammed Ahmed Al Marri said that expatriates residing in any GCC country will soon be able to use smart applications to apply for visa to enter the UAE.

Cost of living in Dubai shows signs of relief

29/5/2015 -

According to an economist, the cost of living in Dubai is already showing signs of slowing down and consumers can breathe a sigh of relief.

Nakheel expands further at Ibn Battuta Mall with new launches

29/5/2015 -

Nakheel has expanded its lease space at Ibn Battuta Mall, with launch of another 766,000 sq ft of shop and restaurant.

With Schengen waiver, Europe grows to be best holiday destination for Emiratis

22/5/2015 -

Europe will be an increasingly popular destination among Emirati holidaymakers, as they have been granted visa-on-arrival to the European Schengen area from this month.

Dubai World Trade Centre transformed into a free zone

22/5/2015 -

The regions MICE (Meetings, Incentives, Conferences and Exhibitions) venue operator, namely, the Dubai World Trade Centre, has now been converted to a free zone.

Online visa facility introduced in UAE for GCC expats

19/5/2015 -



The GCC expats on residence visas may no-longer have to wait in queue to pay for UAE entry permits on arrival at the airport.

Ministry announces official paid-holiday for Dubai private sector on 16th May 2015

13/5/2015 -

The Labour Ministry in Dubai has announced that 16th May 2015 would be an official paid-holiday for all employees working in the private sector in UAE.

Airport Show concludes successfully in Dubai

13/5/2015 -

The worlds largest annual airport show concluded successfully in Dubai this week, with the B2B platform witnessing strong industry engagement, and involving participation of more than 8000 professionals at the event.

Dubai RTA reveals timeline for Dubai Metro Route 2020 project

13/5/2015 -

The Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) in Dubai has revealed the timeline for construction of Dubai Metro Route 2020 project which is based on extension of Dubai Metro Red Line from Nakheel Harbour and Tower Station to the Expo 2020 site.

Dubai schools to announce Ramadan timings in summer

11/5/2015 -

Schools in Dubai have announced their Ramadan timings this summer, with majority of schools have already sent circulars to parents about revised school hours, effective 18th June 2015.

Electric Night Run to be held in Nov 2015

11/5/2015 -

The worlds biggest 5k night run, namely, the Electric Run will be introduced in Dubai this November, with Damans ActiveLife being the presenting partner.

Dubai targets 13million annual tourists by the year 2020

4/5/2015 -

With an aim to attract more than 13 million tourists annually, Dubai is now focusing to be the most popular city destination by 2020, with at least 25 million visitors expected to be drawn to the emirate during the six-month long Expo 2020.

Dubai tops regional destinations for maximum millionaires

30/4/2015 -

Dubai and Istanbul are among the top cities in the Middle East with maximum high net worth individuals (HNWIs), according to The 2014 Middle East Wealth Report published by New World Wealth.

Numerous underwater projects to spring-up in Dubai

30/4/2015 -

A Polish architect is planning designs for an underwater tennis centre located off the Dubai coast and is now planning investment from local bankers to make the concept a reality.

Legoland Water Park to be unveiled next year

27/4/2015 -

Dubai Parks and Resorts, a subsidiary of major real estate investment company, Meraas Holding has joined hands with the UK-based Merlin Entertainment, the second largest visitor attraction operator in the world and a FTSE 100 company to develop a new theme park in Dubai.


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