Tuesday, 24 December 2019

No compensatory benefits for terminated employee

As per the labour rules: Upon termination from your employment or job from any of the seven Emirates of UAE, the employer/sponsor company is liable to pay the salary to their employees for the notice period served by him.

Some companies issues termination letter stating that the employee doesn't need to work for the notice period and will be paid in lieu off which means that he/she will get the salary even if they didn't work during the notice period.

Most of the enquiries by the terminated employees are following.

1. Are we eligible to get any extra payment as termination benefits?

2.  Are we eligible to get air ticket for the trip back to home country?

3. Are we eligible for the gratuity. What is the calculation?

What is the Labour rules for free-zone sponsored visas?

Most of the free-zones in UAE follow the procedures of the Federal Law No 8 of 1980 on the Regulation of Labour Relations (“Labour Law”) for labour and employment issues. ,

The employee of a free zone company's relationship lies with the employer with whom he/she had signed an employment contract. The employer will be liable to make final settlement and pay all end-of-service benefits and entitlements to the staff.

If your employment contract is signed for unlimited duration, it may be noted that such contracts can be terminated by either the employer or the employee, giving a prior notice of at least 30 days. This is in accordance with Article 117 of the Labour Law which states:

1. Both the employer and the worker may terminate a contract of employment of unlimited duration for a valid reason at any time following its conclusion by giving the other party notice in writing at least 30 days before the termination.

As such, upon termination of your employment contract, your employer is only liable to pay your salary for the notice period. There are no other compensatory benefits upon termination of a contract of unlimited duration.

Answer to the second question:

The employer/company shall be liable to pay for your airfare upon termination of your employment contract. This is in accordance with Article 131 of the Labour Law which states: An employer shall, on the termination of a worker’s contract, defray the cost of returning him to the district from which he was recruited or to any other place agreed upon between the two parties.

Where after the termination of his contract, a worker enters the service of another employer, the latter shall defray the worker’s travelling expenses on the termination of his service. Subject to the provisions of the preceding sentence, if the employer fails to return the worker or to defray his travelling expenses, the competent authorities shall do so at the employer’s expense and may then recover any expenditure incurred in this connection by attachment.

Where the reason for the termination of the contract is attributable to the worker, his travel shall be at his own expense if he has the wherewithal to pay.”

Answer for third question;

The employee/staff's are entitled to receive severance pay in accordance with the number of years of your employment with the employer. This is in accordance with Article 132 of the Labour Law which states: ‘A worker who has completed a period of one or more years of continuous service shall be entitled to severance pay on the termination of his employment. The days of absence from work without pay shall not be included in calculating the period of service. The severance pay shall be calculated as follows:

1. 21 days’ remuneration for each year of the first five years of service;

2. 30 days’ remuneration for each additional year of service provided that the aggregate amount of severance pay shall not exceed 2 years’ remuneration.”

Accordingly, you shall be entitled to gratuity/severance pay and the amount shall depend on the number of years of your continuous employment with the employer.

Sunday, 22 December 2019

New website launched for UAE long-term golden visa applications

The UAE announced the launch of the website to enable the residents to apply by online for long-term golden visas.

The website, www.business.goldenvisa.ae, allows users to register for the service through online using the email address and password. A four-digit verification code is then sent to the email address. After entering the verification code, the user is taken to a dashboard where he/she can answer questions and attach documents.

The golden card is the recent long-term residence visa programme available in Dubai. The programme was presented by Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, in May.

The residency is given to investors, professionals, inventors and executives who met the criteria set by the department.

The programme aims to give residency for more than 6,800 investors which will total the investment for a net worth of 100 billion Dirhams.

Long-term residency will contribute for the country’s development and more investment in the UAE.

The golden card was known as a permanent residence system. But the GDRFA verified it that the programme is a a long-term visa which needs renewal on every 10-year.

The residency visas is issued to five categories of expatriates: investors, entrepreneurs, chief executives, scientists and outstanding students.

Golden card holders is not restricted from exiting and staying outside UAE for more than six months. The visa would be valid even if the golden card carrier exit the UAE for longer than six months.

Tuesday, 17 December 2019

Free transit visas for entering UAE


The Federal Authority For Identity and Citizenship of UAE has announced the availability of the two different transit visas for passengers who wish to stay in one of the sevem emirates. People who are travelling through the international airports of UAE can avail this facility.

The first type of transit visa issued will be valid for 48 hours and is available as free of charge, while the other visa issued will be valid for 96 hours of stay in UAE for a fees of Dirhams 50.

The only condition for the issuance of these transit visas requires that the "sponsorship is made only by UAE-based airlines,". Thes visas must be applied by the passenger while processing and approval must be obtained before entering the UAE.

The federal authority also warned that both these type of visas are non-extendable which means it cannot be renewed.

The offers passengers traveling through its airports two types of transit which enables them to enjoy the country’s major tourist attractionshttps://www.ica.gov.ae

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Wednesday, 20 November 2019

Can I go from UAE to Oman in rent a car?

Is it possible to drive on a trip from UAE to Oman in a rental car? The quick answer is yes…Ofcourse! find the details here:

Crossing from UAE to Oman in a rental car.

Yes it is allowed and possible to drive from UAE to Oman in rented car as per the law. But most of the car rental companies donot promote this and avoid this discussion. This is due to the fact that the cars are being stolen and smuggled into Oman or neighbouring countries and disappears.

The rental cars are equipped with GPS tracking devices but it is limited to UAR. Thus cars disappear because the tracking devices in the cars doesn't cover the parts of Oman. So most of the car rental companies will not permit yourself to drive into Oman terittory from UAE in rented car.

There are other reasons like distance and maintenance costs. Normal driving limit for rent a car is 200-300 km but if you're crossing the border  to Oman it’s minimum 400 km one-way till Muscut. If you plan for a trip to Salalah it is 1200km one way. Like this maintenance issues of the car when it comes back also is a factor that the rental companies not allowing for crossing the border.

How can I drive from UAE to Oman in a rental car?

There are some car rental companies who will be having the capability of allowing you of driving into Oman. Second, be prepared to pay more. Car rental companies will invoice for driving 400-500 km one way and additional insurance charges for Oman Insurance.

The additional charges will be like extra percentage on the rental fees or per kilometer charge for additional km.

So the Oman trip is considered as a premium service from car rental companies. Finally, you will need an official ORIGINAL NOC (No Objection Certificate) from the car rental company. You have to keep your original passport and Emirates id on hand with you when you drive and reach to the Oman border.

Saturday, 16 November 2019

How to avoid visa and labour fraud while searching for a job in UAE

Last updated on November 17, 2019 at 09.52 am
Those who visit UAE must know about the visa procedures and rules before visiting the place. People visit UAE for several purposes which could be for work, visit, residence, investment or legal matters. Considering now a days increase in visa fraud cases, it is essential to understand the areas one could be trapped. 
These are the tips for those who would like to visit UAE.
If you get a job offer in the UAE, make sure that you get an offer letter issued by the UAE's Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation (MOHRE).
The prospective employees/candidates can verify the job offer's validity at the UAE embassy in their country. All legal job offer numbers start with then digits. You can use the job offer number to verify employer's validity at the MOHRE's website (enquiry service - application status).
Once you sign the offer letter,  the employer will send you an employment visa to enter the UAE. Refer to points 8 and 9 below to verify visa/entry permit validity.
You don't have the right to work in the UAE, if you are in visit or tourist entry permit/visa. If you work under visit or tourist visa, it will bring you penalties and deportation.
The sponsor (the employer) is responsible for payment of recruitment expenses, according to the labour law.
 Get company details to check whether the company legally exists by searching company's  English and Arabic name in the National Economic register.

A residence visa can be issued only when the applicant is inside the UAE having entered the country on entry permit.  A residence visa cannot be processed for anyone while the applicant is outside the UAE. 
Your queries will be answered by MoHRE at telephone number 0097168027666, or you can email them: ask@mohre.gov.ae.
Source from Khaleej Times

Thursday, 14 November 2019

Oman online visa news update

Royal Oman Police issued a statment on 14th October 2019 clarifying the new online visa system.

The statement clarifies that there has been no change in the current procedure or method using for entering Oman through border check posts. However, an additional online portal has been made available for people who wish to save the time at the border posts, the statement said.

Tourists holding GCC passports, or GCC residency permits can obtain visa on arrival at all Omani border posts by filling up the application form at the border.

Oman new e-visa system

With the long weekend holiday coming up in the December and as many UAE residents usually plan to have road trips to Oman, this time they could apply for an e-visa to enter the country.

Visitors can either fill the visa application form at the immigration counters at the border and obtain visas on arrival. On long weekend holidays people were complaining about long queues, thus Omani goverment have provided an additional online service.

So for an easier process apply an online form on the Royal Oman Police website and pay a fee of Dhs50 if you’re a resident of GCC.

Take into consideration that the visa takes four days to be processed.

If you are a GCC resident you should log into https://evisa.rop.gov.om/

Create an account using your email id

Upload a passport copy that is at least 6 month valid

Upload a photo of the applicant that is not more than 512 KB.

Pay Aed. 50 as visa fee

Upon successful payment completion and application submission, and if approved, you will be get an electronic visa sent to your registered e-mail.

Conditions for issuing the visa:

The person should have a valid residence visa from any GCC country stamped on your passport.

The professions approved to enter without sponsor is shown in your residence stamping.

Valid passport for a period not less than six months.

Families of the residents, their drivers, house maids and companions are benefit from these facilities provided that they should present their labour cards and their passports are valid for a period not less than three months.

All nationalities resident in GCC are benefit from the online service.

For any additional questions you can contact ROP call center that can help with the process on these numbers +968 99537194, +968 91782640, +968 24290827

Sunday, 10 November 2019

Get your Oman Visit Visa in advance


Oman police department have advised that visas on arrival are now an exception to the rule…

If you're planning for a trip to the Oman during the long weekend/holiday in UAE or visa run from UAE please note this: Royal Oman Police or ROP have advised that from November 2019 onwards, you now need to apply for your visa in advance.

‏تدعو ‎#شرطة_عمان_السلطانية الراغبين في زيارة السلطنة عبر المنافذ البرية ممن يتطلب حصولهم على تأشيرة دخول، ضرورة استخراج التأشيرة الإلكترونية قبل السفر إليها وذلك تسهيلاً لهم للدخول عبر مختلف المنافذ، وتوضح بأن الحصول على التأشيرة من المنافذ هي خدمة إضافية في أضيق الحدود. https://t.co/ogMOjqGYqA‎

#ROP kindly requests all visitors requiring visas traveling to #Oman to obtain their eVisas online before travel. This will facilitate easy and efficient processing at the border posts. Visa on arrival are now an exception to the rule and eVisas should be used wherever possible

Check out @RoyalOmanPolice’s Tweet: https://twitter.com/RoyalOmanPolice/status/1187778019181678597?s=09

Previously, most of the visitors had been able to get a visa on arrival at the border of the UAE and Oman, however in a Tweet on the ROP official account, Oman Police have said that visas on arrival will be an exceptional to the rule going forward.

This applies to people from all nationalities visiting the UAE’s neighbouring country.

Read Also: Can I go from UAE to Oman in rent a car?

According to the Tweet, the move to make eVisas compulsory is designed and aimed to “facilitate easy and efficient processing at the border posts”. eVisas will reduce the wait time at border posts mainly during the holiday season.

To apply for an eVisa ahead of time, travellers will need to visit the online government portal, upload the passport copy, photo, make payment of 5 Omani Rials (Dirhams 50) and complete the online booking form. This will get you a 10-day unsponsored tourist eVisa to visit Oman.

According to the ROP official website, Visa processing can take up to four days for visas to be issued.

Tourists who enter Dubai are eligible to get a tourist visa to visit Oman, you’ll just need to have at least six months validity on your passport.

Tuesday, 22 October 2019

Renew or cancel UAE family visa on your mobile phone.

Renew UAE Visa via smartphone
Renewing or cancelling family visa can now be done at the touch of a button, there will be no more paper forms or documents issues to fill as applying,  according to the General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs (GDRFA).

The GDRFA sent out an advisory message to residents on 22nd October,2019 saying: "You can now get, renew, or cancel your spouse's and children's residency on DubaiNow app. To download, bit.ly/31lPYwV." The DubaiNow app is the first unified Dubai government services smart app offering a total of 88 Dubai government services and many more services yet to come.

Anyone can check the visa status or enquire about the status of any GDRFA service through this government application. The application also allows a user to get a new residency visa to bring a family member to Dubai or to view and manage family visa application very easily. And is any queries they can text mail to the authorities through the app.

Monday, 30 September 2019

8 killed and 6 injured in a major traffic accident in Dubai.

Last updated on September 30, 2019 at 11:20 am

During accident eight people were killed and six suffered severe injuries in a major traffic accident which happened  on Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Road in Dubai on September 30, Monday morning.
The Dubai Ambulance authority announced that the accident involved of truck and a micro bus along Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Road before Mirdif City Centre, towards Sharjah.

Executive Director of the Dubai Corporation for Ambulance Services, Khalifa bin Draiy, said that the Dubai Ambulance team rushed to the spot and took the injured to Rashid hospital.  He urged motorists to be cautious and pay attention on the road while behind the wheels. 

Source from Khaleej Times,

Sunday, 22 September 2019

Granted license for Hindu temple and 17 churches in UAE

Last updated on September 22,2019

In UAE the Capital's 17 churches and one Hindu temple were granted licences in a historic ceremony held at Emirates Palace.
After long time Non-Muslim places of woinworship in Abu Dhabi and including decades-old churches, were officially given legal recognition or certification on Sunday on historic ceremony.
Department of Community Development in Abu Dhabi (DCD) Under the banner 'A Call for Harmony', the decided to bring all the religious institutions under one licence umbrella so that the authority could support them in their operations.

"For decades, our greatest leaders have welcome people from various religions from various countries making the UAE a place for all. In tolerance and co-existencebu Dhabi is now a leading model ," Dr Mugheer Al Khaili, chairman of the DCD, said during the special event.

He said that unlike before, the religious bodies can now rely on one official government channel whenever they need advice or support.
The DCD has developed legal frameworks, policies and procedures to ensure that people of all religions would be able to practise their faith, in accordance with UAE laws and without affecting the country's customs and traditions.

Saturday, 21 September 2019

Things we must know UAE doing to boost rainfall in the country.

Last updated on September 22, 2019
The campaign is spearheaded by UAE Research Programme for Rain Enhancement Science.
A research campaign has been launched to investigate the efficiency of innovative and unique new cloud seeding materials by flights and testing that took place from Al Ain Airport over the eastern and northern parts of UAE.
Linda Zou, professor at Khalifa University and one of the three awardees of Programme's First Cycle, and team carried out tests on core and shell composite nanomaterials for their effectiveness as cloud condensation nuclei by dispersing them into clouds.
A custom-designed Learjet research aircraft equipped with sophisticated sensors and measurement probes is being utilised to gather data of the cloud components, which is being led by the National Center of Meteorology (NCM), in cooperation with global experts in the field.
"This result demonstrates how NCM through the programme is succeeding in attracting significant participation from leading international scientific experts and helping to boost water security for those at risk around the world."
Dr Abdulla Al Mandous, director of the NCM and president of Regional Association II in the Asia Region, said:  "I am delighted that the highly creative work undertaken by Professor Zou's team has progressed to the extent that the groundbreaking materials developed are ready for field testing and potential large-scale production.
This campaign is an important part of the NMC's implementation and testing plan, which consists of a titanium dioxide nanoparticle layer coated on the salt crystals.
Experimental results obtained so far through laboratory testing and analysis suggest that the materials have a much higher ability to initiate condensation of water vapour and droplet growth in the clouds than the salt crystals that is currently used for rain enhancement in the UAE.
The originality of Professor Zou's research project is demonstrated in the filing of two worldwide patents with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) in 2017 and 2018 for a new application of cloud seeding through nanotechnology. Now, the technology has moved from laboratory to the scale-up process. The nanomaterials could potentially be cost-effective when produced on a large scale.

Saturday, 14 September 2019

New Banking Rule: No need for physical verifying of Emirates ID in UAE at banks

In line with new rule announcement Central Bank gives notice to all banks.

Banks and finance companies in the UAE can make use of online validation gateway of the Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship for identity verification of potential customers when opening their bank accounts.

This will take away the requirement for physical checking of the Emirates ID card of individual and corporate customers, the Central Bank stated in the notice sent to all the banks and financing institutions operating in the country.

"The UAE Pass Platform is based on on the online validation gateway of the Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship for identity verification, which removes necessity for actual physical examining of the UAE ID card. Banks and different financial institutions may very well utilize the UAE Pass in the processes for opening bank account and carrying out transactions/deals for individuals and representatives of corporate clients," says the Central Bank notice sent to banks in the UAE.

Introduced in October 2018, the UAE Pass is the very first national digital identity platform that is open for Emiratis and expatriates through a single mobile identity, enabling people not only gain access to services but also to digitally sign legal documents.

All UAE residents can have a digital national identity that can be utilised to gain access to federal government services and create transactions online. Residents can easily log in any kind of government website to make a transaction after installing the mobile app and creating an account on UAE Pass.

The Central Bank and the UAE Banking Federation welcome the digital transformation initiative - UAE Pass Platform - introduced jointly by Telecommunication Regulatory Authority (TRA), in partnership with Abu Dhabi Digital Authority and Smart Dubai.

Thursday, 25 July 2019

How to pay Toll Gate in Abu Dhabi?

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The payment of toll gate can be made at e-payment kiosk installed across the Emirates. Department of Transport (DoT) in Abu Dhabi announced officially on Thursday (25th July 2019) the implementation of the new electronic toll gate collection system similar to emirate of Dubai, which will see all motorists incoming and going out of Abu Dhabi Island has to pass through the toll gates.

The announcement made in a press conference on Thursday by DoT.

The system will be enabled active from October 15, 2019.

According to the DoT, toll gate system's is planned for encouraging the general public to use Abu Dhabi's public transport network, to reduce the use of private vehicles and to encourage carpooling by company employees and even family members.

toll system operated by @AbuDhabiDoT & @ITCAbuDhabi, launching 15 October, is set to reduce traffic in the city, ease congestion for commuters & encourage more sustainable options like public transport, ride sharing & electric cars, which are fee exempt for 2 years.

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toll system operated by @AbuDhabiDoT & @ITCAbuDhabi, launching 15 October, is set to reduce traffic in the city, ease congestion for commuters & encourage more sustainable options like public transport, ride sharing & electric cars, which are fee exempt for 2 years.

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An integrated online registration system, which opens on 30 August, automatically creates accounts at no charge for registered vehicles. Payment of the toll fee is made through an e-wallet.

Four toll gates will be implemented in Abu Dhabi during October at the following locations: Al Maqta bridge, Musafah bridge, Sheikh Zayed bridge and Sheikh Khalifa bridge.

Toll will be Dh4 for peak hours (7am to 9am, and 5pm to 7pm) and Dh2 for non-peak hours.

On Fridays and public holidays, the toll will be chargedat Dh2 throughout the day.

Saturday, 6 July 2019

94 Deluxe eco-friendly buses has deployed in Dubai on 17 routes

Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) announced that 94 fuel-efficient and low carbon emission midibuses will soon be launch on 17 routes, including 9 routes where is no service of even large buses. RTA said on Saturday.

 The launching of new batch of midibuses is to keep pace with top International standards and this is the master plan of RTA to improve public transport in Dubai. The main objective of RTA is to serve best in class service for public transport travelers and make tourists more comfort with this top modern facilities and this can be led to increase of riders in public transport. All the routes are linked to metro and residential areas which do not require operation of large buses will see the new launching midbuses. This is said by Mattar Al Tayer, RTA Chairman and director-general of board of executive directors.

 RTA included that British-manufactured Optare buses have 32 seats for passengers and 9 standees more over 8 seats are having adjustable safety belts and one seat is served for people of determination.

The specifications of the midbuses are it is made of semi-stainless steel body, and more room for passengers in front because of the front wheel design. Low-floor is the other good side for the people of determination and it provides internet service (Wi-Fi) and USB charging ports.

 The buses are light in weight and low on fuel consumption according to buses are compatible with the European Emission Standards (Euro 5), RTA said.

Source from Khaleej Times,

Pension fund for UAE expats: Necessaries to provide pension.


Last updated on July 6, 2019 at 6:30 pm

Pension for expats is particularly important in the case of UAE because around 90 percent of the workers are expats. Said by Lawyer Barney Almazar, director of Gulf Law. Pension, health insurance, retirement benefits and gratuity all are compensating employees after several years of service they provide for United Arab Emirates. Present labour legislations are going through the mandatory end-of-service benefit which is called as EOSB in short. As per recognizing experts said pension fund will ensure non stoppable benefits for retiring employees.

UAE government has announced that the end-of-service gratuity scheme will be improved.
There is no secured source of income for expats after retirement but in his or her own country the employer is directed to contribute to one of the social security services. Prefunding is the method he point out to find a solution for this is company and employee both can contribute share to the retirement fund along with including post-employment healthcare coverage.

He also said that employers can share graduated contribution during the working years of employees and it can collected to a trust fund, and employees can access to the fund after their retirement.  
Dr Abdulrahman Abdulmanan Al Awar, who is the director-general of Federal Authority for Government Human Resources which is called as FAHR in short said that “Employees several years of contribution and services to the country will led to excellent opportunity and will be important need in region to establish investments fund to control and manage retirement and end-of-service benefits for the expats.

Article 141 of the UAE labour law allows the employer to maintain pension scheme. This can be covered by the companies which provide pension, in lieu of the modern EOSB which is granted by Article 132.

So expat employees must protect their future by knowing this pension and end-of-service scheme by UAE government.


Source from Khaleej Times,

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