Eid and National Day Holiday in Dubai

Government sector in UAE will have 10-day holiday from December 2 to December 11 to mark UAE National Day (December 2) and Eid Al Adha. Private sector will have 3-day holiday (December 9,10,11) for Eid Al Adha, while they all get one day off on December 2 for National Day Celebrations. Wishing a very happy […]

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Property and Real Estate Companies Cutting Jobs in Dubai

Dubai has felt the heat of global recession and at least property and real estate sectors are already in downsizing mode. Nakheel, Dubai’s real estate master developer, made 500 people (or 15 per cent of its global workforce) redundant while scaling back projects. This is the second biggest confirmed job cut in the UAE so […]

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Having Lamb Chops

Amongst other things, Dubai is famous for its food. From Italian to Chinese, Continental, Indian, Pakistani, Mexican, Lebanese, Persian, Traditional Arabic and African outlets, numerous hotels, restaurants, cafes and eateries make food selection quite a task. In Dubai, eating out is not an issue but one may get confused in selection of the best outlet, […]

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Emirates ID Card to replace Health Card

As mentioned earlier, one of the potiential usage of Emirates ID Card, mentioned by EIDA, is that it can be used as Health Card. However, those who have yet to get the ID Card can continue using existing Health Card.

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Emirates ID Card registration date not extended, but extended?

Yeah, as confusing as it may sound, that’s how it is. Darwish Ahmad Al Zarouni, Director-General of the EIDA, says, “We will announce the time frame for new categories of expatriates on February 1, 2009, but the registration will continue (for the existing category) throughout the month of January.” This means that EIDA has not […]

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EIDA Staff gets Anger Management Training

EIDA Staff processing Emirates ID Card applications have been given anger management training, amongst other trainings, to deal with rush of frustrated expatriates trying to register before the deadline of December 31, 2008. During a radio interview, Thamer al Qasemi, the planning director at the Emirates Identity Authority (EIDA), pleaded for people to be patient […]

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Yateem Optician

Well, Yateem means Orphan in Arabic as well as in Urdu. I thought it to be a starange name for a Group of Companies, established in 1910 and operating in the Gulf, including UAE, Saudi Arabia, Oman, Bahrain, Qatar and Kuwait. Now, I won’t mind visiting a Yateem Optician, for pity’s sake at least. Image: […]

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Riding the Abra

Abra is a traditional boat made of wood, used to transport people across Dubai Creek in Dubai. A medium-sized single-engine craft with a capacity of about 20 passengers, it is driven by a single operator from a sort of cockpit stepped in the center of the hull. The short platform around the cockpit, sheltered by […]

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Tamweel and Amlak to merge into a Realty Bank

Amlak Finance PJSC and Tamweel PJSC, the two leading UAE real estate finance providers, will be merged into a new entity under the umbrella of the Real Estate Bank (a government owned entity). – The Real Estate Bank (REB) was founded in 1990 to support the building sector and provide appropriate housing for UAE citizens […]

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Salik Road Toll dropped for Taxi Passengers

Taxi passengers in Dubai will no longer have to pay the Salik road toll. The Roads and Transport Authority said the move was part of a series of initiatives aimed at improving taxi services. Passengers currently have to pay the Dh4 Salik toll every time they pass under a gate.

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