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Federal law for foreign investor ownerships to be implemented this year

8/8/2011 -

The Federal Cabinet has been granted the right to set a percentage for foreign investors for all projects within the UAE, revealed Mohammad Saleh Shelwah, the Assistant Undersecretary for Economic Policies Affairs, Ministry of Economy.

Al Salam tunnel to be ready by the end of 2011

25/7/2011 - The longest traffic tunnel in Middle East, currently under construction in Abu Dhabi will be ready for official launch by end of this year.

Biggest Mosque in Dubai will open to public this week

19/7/2011 - Biggest Mosque in Dubai, namely the Blue Mosque, will be unveiled on Friday, the 29th July, just a few days before the onset of the Holy month of Ramadan.

Etihad Rail awards railway contract to link major UAE cities

4/7/2011 - Etihad Rail has awarded major Dh40bn railway project contract to PCM Strescon Overseas Ventures Limited, aimed to link major towns and cities within UAE.

Abu Dhabi Summer Festival 2011 draws good visitor turnout

4/7/2011 - Nearly 10,000 visitors are expected to throng the Abu Dhabi Summer Festival, which opened doors last week, revealed a top official at the Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority (ADTA).

Labour Card, work permit cancellations only at Tasheel branches

4/7/2011 - Beginning today, cancellation of labour cards and work permits will be done only at Tasheel branches, rather than at the Labour Ministry offices, it has been announced.

End of service benefit to be calculated on basis of total salary

27/6/2011 - As per the latest regulation by the Dubai Court of Cassation, the end of service benefit of a worker should be calculated with respect to his total salary, and not on the basis of just the basic payment.

Fall in housing rents in Dubai, Sharjah

27/6/2011 - Residential rents in Sharjah may decline further this summer, owing to increased competition among property companies and landlords, although the drop in rents may be less than that of last year, say experts.

New regulation mandates all UAE travellers to declare cash

20/6/2011 - Beginning September this year, Dubai travellers, leaving the UAE, will have to declare huge sums of money as part of crackdown against money laundering, announced senior officials of the Central Bank yesterday.

UAE Investment Map for international investors

20/6/2011 - The Ministry of Economy in the UAE has announced the launch of UAE Investment Map, which highlights the best opportunities for global investors in the country.

Dubai RTA recommends 1-year provisional licensing system for novice drivers

13/6/2011 - The Dubai RTA (Road and Transports Authority) has proposed to the Ministry of Interior (MoI) to consider the possibility of adopting the provisional licensing system, which involves issuance of a temporary one-year driving license during the first three years, when licensing drivers below 21-years of age.

Dubai, among top ten tourist destinations in 2011

6/6/2011 - Dubai will welcome nearly 8million international tourists in 2011, with the emirate being ranked the 9th place in terms of visitor arrivals out of 132 cities across the world, as per the latest study report by MasterCard.

Dh 22bn worth expansion plans announced for Dubai Airports

6/6/2011 -

The eleventh edition of the Airport Show 2011, concluded last week, with additional announcement about huge investments towards development of airports equipped with latest technology and advanced solutions.

Unified e-link system for labour, interior ministries saves time, money

30/5/2011 - A senior official at the Labour Ministry, last week revealed that the UAE cancels nearly 1million work permits annually.

Common driving license system for GCC nations proposed

30/5/2011 - The latest three-day conference of directors of traffic departments from GCC nations, held at Abu Dhabi, have agreed on the introduction of a common driving license system in the GCC.

Cost of living surpasses average salary growth in MENA

26/5/2011 - The cost of living in MENA (Middle East North Africa) region has grown by 24.

UAE to mandate metric system as legal unit of measurement

25/5/2011 - Effective 11th November 2011, the UAE will implement the International System of Units (SI), replacing metres in place of feet, inches and yards, it has been announced.

New identification numbers to open up key services for ID card holders

16/5/2011 - EIDA is in the final stages of building infrastructure for electronic services, said Dr Ali Al Khoury, the Director General of Emirates ID.

Visa issuance linked with ID card registrations in Dubai, Sharjah free zones

9/5/2011 - The Dubai and Sharjah free zones will link the issuance and renewal of residence visas, together with registration of national IDs, in a months time, confirmed senior officials here.

UAE private sector needs nearly 20,000 new jobs annually

9/5/2011 - The UAE Labour Minister said that the private sector in UAE will have to create nearly 20,000 jobs a year, so as to meet the requirements of estimated labour force likely to enter the market in the next decade.

ID cards can be collected at nearest post offices

26/4/2011 - The National ID card applicants now have the option of collecting their cards, in case they have been unable to collect their cards due to inconvenience of collecting it from far off post offices.

Abu Dhabi, Dubai, to link National ID cards with residence visas

4/4/2011 - Abu Dhabi is all set to link the issuance and renewal of residence visas with registration of national ID cards in next three months time, said senior officials.

Dubai International Airport, the 13th busiest in the world in 2010

21/3/2011 - The Dubai International Airport has growth to be the 13th busiest airport in the world last year, and is two places ahead of the previous year, revealed the figures by Airports Council International (ACI).

EIDA to install card dispensers to expedite ID card deliveries

15/3/2011 - Emirates Identity Authority (EIDA) has announced launch of card dispensers at public places such as shopping malls, following complaints of delayed delivery of National ID cards.

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