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DTCM unveils e-services at GITEX 2010

22/10/2010 - The Dubai Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM) showcased its range of eservices, including the One Stop Information Center (OSIC) at the GITEX Technology Week at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Center.

New promotional visa offer by Etihad Airways to Indian nationals

22/10/2010 - As a part of its special promotion of visa processing service launched with TT services this May, the Etihad Airways is offering free visas to people traveling from India to Abu Dhabi.

New electronic service by Dubai immigration makes visa services easy

20/10/2010 - A new electronic project, known as GDRFAD Mobile – General Department of Residency and Foreign Affairs in Dubai, launched by Dubai Immigration, as part of the 30th edition of GITEX 2010, enables Dubai visitors to inquire the status and validity of their visas, apart from other immigration transactions, round the clock, through smart mobile applications.

Foreign investors be granted permanent residency status, suggests Indian business lead

4/10/2010 - Foreign investors should be granted long-term visas or permanent residency status, similar to that granted by the Singapore government, a top Indian business leader suggested to the UAE.

UAE to roll out nationwide railway link within eight years

4/10/2010 - The first phase of the UAE railway, a freight line, which enables granulated sulphur to be transported from Habshan to Ruwais for export, will be unveiled in early 2013, the Chief Executive Officer of Union Railway Richard Bowker, said on Tuesday.

Interior Ministry permits more expatriate workers to sponsor families

30/9/2010 - Few categories of semi-skilled and unskilled foreign workers, who were earlier restricted from sponsoring their families, are free to do so now, by depositing Dh5000 per person, announced the Ministry of Interior.

Visa processing can begin irrespective of ban period

30/9/2010 - An official at the Ministry of Labour has clarified that a six month or one year recruitment ban on a worker, cannot be used against issuing a new work permit during the said period.

Sheikh Mohammed confident about recovery and project completions

28/9/2010 - The Vice President and Prime Minister of UAE and Ruler of Dubai, H H Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, said that Dubai is recovering following Dubai World’s re-structuring deal, and the emirate’s vision continues to remain unchanged.

Ice Land Water Park to be unveiled at RAK on 29th September

24/9/2010 - The ambitious Polo RAK Amusements will be launching its ambitious 110,000 sqm water park project at Ras Al Khaimah on 29th September 2010.

Sponsorship transfer fee to be borne by new employer

24/9/2010 - The fee for transfer of sponsorship should be met by the new sponsor, and not the worker, according to provisions of the new labour law, the Ministry of Labour (MoL) affirmed.

Emirates ID card mandatory for residence visa

20/9/2010 - The Emirates ID card will be made mandatory very soon when stamping or renewing a residence visa, said Dr.

Largest traffic bridge to be unveiled in October

16/9/2010 - The Capital will unveil one of the largest traffic bridges in the UAE, the Sheikh Zayed Causeway, worth Dh900mn in October this year.

UAE construction sector to boom with Dh 858bn projects in pipeline

16/9/2010 - Several tourism-related projects are set to drive the construction sector during the coming decade, with about Dh858bn to be invested into the sector.

Abu Dhabi embarking on major infrastructural projects

13/9/2010 - The government departments in the Capital have issued tenders worth millions of dirhams over the past two weeks, seeking contractors for bidding processes for various infrastructure works in the country.

Now, ID card mandatory for children below 15yrs

13/9/2010 -

The Emirates Identity Authority (EIDA) has mandated that children below 15 years of age will have to register for ID cards, according to a new decision.

UAE, home to wealthiest expatriates in the world

8/9/2010 - UAE is home to few of the wealthiest expatriates in the world, with about 20 percent of UAE expatriates earning more than $250,000 (Dh.

Dubai tops the region in attracting Foreign Direct Investments

8/9/2010 - Dubai is still the topmost in the region to draw maximum foreign direct investments, despite the impact of global economic crisis, as per the survey by Foreign Investment Office (FIO) of Dubai Department of Economic Development (DED).

Sharjah losing out its tenants to Dubai

2/9/2010 - Frustrated with growing power outages and infrastructure woes, the residents in Sharjah are opting to move out of the emirate, to take advantage of the dropping rentals in Dubai, the Gulf News reported.

Dubai likely to be world cargo transportation hub

31/8/2010 - Dubai has the potential to be one of the world centroid of air cargo transportation, with the launch of cargo operations at the Al Maktoum International Airport, said a lead expert in Dubai.

Reel Cinemas - Largest Cineplex opens doors to public

31/8/2010 - Largest Cineplex in Dubai, Reel Cinemas, was unveiled last week, with more than 10,000 movie goers having already visited the place during its first week of opening.

No new housing fee charged: Dubai Municipality

30/8/2010 - The Dubai Municipality has denied imposing any new housing fees, and has re-iterated that there is a housing fee charged, which is five percent of the rental value of the unit leased or owned by expatriates, and no new fees has been included.

EIDA to implement new ID card renewal system

26/8/2010 - A top official at the Emirates Identity Authority (EIDA) has announced that all national identity card holders can soon renew their cards at certified typing centers, thereby reducing the need to visit the registration centers.

New online service by DNRD aims to reduce visa scams

24/8/2010 - Visitors to Dubai can be relieved, as it is now the duty of the airlines using the emirates airports to verify the validity of entry permits before issuing any ticket.

New medical test rules for expatriate workers in UAE

20/8/2010 - The Ministry of Health in UAE has announced that new expatriate workers found to have Hepatitis B when undergoing medical test, will not be deported, but will be given treatment.

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