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ID card registrations only on appointment-basis from May 2010

31/3/2010 - Following the announcement by the Ministry of Interior to deny services to residents who are yet to possess an ID Cards, the Ministry further announced that Emirates Identity Authority (EIDA) will soon switch-over to an appointment-only registration system.

Interior Ministry mandates ID Cards for all services in UAE

29/3/2010 - Residents who are yet to obtain an ID Card will not have access to any of the services from the Ministry of Interior (MoI) henceforth, except for visa issuing and renewal, or licensing services of police departments in all emirates.

Dubai eGovernment integrates with GRP System for efficiency in transactions

29/3/2010 - Dubai eGovernment has announced that it has integrated the Property Manager System within the Government Resource Planning (GRP) System, used by the Asset Management Department Investment section of Dubai Municipality.

EIDA unveils new registration strategy

22/3/2010 - Emirates Identity Authority (EIDA) has announced the launch of the New Registration Strategy (NRS), making it easier for nationals and expatriates to register with the body.

UAE aims to ease tourist visa procedure

22/3/2010 - Tourists or visitors, requiring a UAE-based sponsor, can hope for easier visa process in the future.

Dubai to get 50 new multi-storey parking plazas

19/3/2010 - The Dubai Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) announced its plan to build 50 multi-storey parking plazas in Dubai to cope with increased parking problems, a senior official revealed.

Dubai Airport recorded as 15th busiest in the world

19/3/2010 - Dubai International Airport has been recorded as the 15th busiest in the world in 2009.

Dubai International Film Festival 2010 dates announced

16/3/2010 - The seventh edition of the Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF 2010), the best film festival of the Arab World, Africa and Asia, has been scheduled from 12th to 19th December 2010.

800 UAE firms banned from hiring new workers

16/3/2010 - About 800 major companies in the UAE have been banned from hiring new workers, as they failed to join the new Wage Protection System (WPS) of the Federal Government by the 30th November deadline.

Dubai Municipality unveils first Pond Park at Al Barsha

10/3/2010 - Dubai is likely to offer about 162 hectares of fresh green area with date palms and variety of trees and flowers, ready for public use, from this week, as the first Pond Park in Al Barsha was unveiled by the Dubai Municipality.

New law for Foreign Ownership of firms by year-end

10/3/2010 - A new regulation pertaining to foreign ownership of companies will be reviewed and implemented by the end of this year, the Minister of Economy, Sultain bin Saeed Al Mansouri has announced.

Iris Scan technology curbs more than 235,000 illegal entries into UAE

7/3/2010 -

Iris Scan technology curbs more than 235,000 illegal entries into UAE.

Abu Dhabi launches e-library system for the first time

7/3/2010 - The UAE Capital, for the first time, has introduced e-library, wherein books and CDs could be borrowed on the internet.

Festival Marina all set to welcome the Dragons, once more

3/3/2010 - The focal point of Dubai Festival City, is the Dragon Boats Alive, Sirent Events and Festival Center, which together with Mourjan Marinas IGY, the luxury marina developer and management company, has announced the grand Dubai International Dragon Boat Festival, to be held at Festival Marina on 2nd April and 3rd April 2010.

New low-budget flights to link Dubai and Muscat

22/2/2012 - Flydubai, first low-budget carrier in Dubai, will begin twice daily flights to Muscat, beginning 28th March 2010.

Global Village meets a tragic end this year

1/3/2010 - Global Village was closed on Sunday, after an Indian Pavilion collapsed killing one person and injuring 13 others.

Leakage of Dubai Mall Aquarium fixed

1/3/2010 - Dubai Mall, one of the largest shopping centers in the world, remained partly shut, following a leak from an aquarium containing thousands of fish and sea animals.

Abu Dhabi Government likely to relax ownership rules

25/2/2010 - The Abu Dhabi Government aims to relax ownership rules this year, to boost the emirates foreign investments, revealed a top official in Abu Dhabi.

Quality of life in UAE rated as the best in MENA region

23/2/2010 - The UAE has been rated as the No.

New e-service launched to expedite Residency procedures

21/2/2010 - The Ministry of Health and Residency and Foreign Affairs Department in Dubai has introduced a new service, wherein medical health certificates for residency purpose can be electronically transferred from the clinic to the Residency Department.

Second Generation e-Dirham Card launched

21/2/2010 - A second generation e-Dirham card has been launched to raise public service standards, to enhance efficiency, innovation and professionalism of government services.

Burj Khalifa observation deck to re-open tomorrow

15/2/2010 - The tallest tower in the world, Burj Khalifa, will re-open tomorrow after a 10-day closure.

Sharjah sets out on 10-day mission to promote tourism

15/2/2010 - The Sharjah Commerce and Tourism Development Authority (SCTDA), together with Air Arabia and several other representatives of the emirate tourism sector has set out on the first road show of its kind through three European countries, aiming to draw more European tourists to Sharjah.

Dubai implements new initiative to check illegal residents

15/2/2010 - Farm owners in Dubai will be granted two-year grace period for registering their farms and farmers at the Dubai Residency Department, a senior official has said.

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