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United Arab Emirates launches 10-year residency visa programme for ‘exceptional talents’

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) would issue long-term residency visas for up to 10 years to international investors and “exceptional talents” including professionals and students, the Cabinet has announced. The Cabinet, chaired by Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice ...

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New Ramadan timings for Dubai Metro kick off today

Dubai: Public transportation services in Dubai, including buses, trains and water taxis, are following a new schedule starting today, the first day of Ramadan. For the duration of the holy month, Dubai Metro commuters using the Red Line and Green Line ...

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UAE President orders release of 935 prisoners ahead of Ramadan

His Highness Shaikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the UAE has ordered the release of 935 prisoners who have been sentenced in various cases ahead of the holy month of Ramadan. The release of prisoners comes within the ...

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Man wins Dh17 million with lottery ticket he got for free

It was plain luck for this Iowa man who won $4.38 million (Dh16.8 million) lottery jackpot with a ticket he got for free as part of a promotion. Chuck Anderson of Davenport said he did not buy the winning ticket ...

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INS Tarangini of Indian Navy on seven months’ voyage arrives at Jeddah Islamic Port

Jeddah 07 May 2018: (Bhatkallys News Bureau) INS Tarangini, a Sail Training Ship of the Indian Navy, departed Kochi for Lokayan on April 10, on a seven month long voyage to Europe with the theme of ‘Sailing through different Oceans ...

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Makkah: Timely intervention of Indian consul general saves the day for 15 year old who was detained while performing Tawaf

Makkah 02 May 2018: (Bhatkallys News Bureau) A 15 year old boy from Tirur, Kerala who was visiting the kingdom for Umrah pilgrimage was detained by the local police from the Holy mosque after he was misunderstood to be a ...

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Trading in gold, diamond exempted from VAT in UAE

In line with the UAE government’s efforts to ensure an efficient implementation of value-added tax (VAT) while employing best international standards and maintaining the competitiveness of the local precious metals sector, the UAE cabinet adopted a law to introduce the ...

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Number of tourists to Bahrain reaches 3.1 million during 2018 first quarter

Executive Director of Bahrain Tourism and Exhibition Authority Sheikh Khaled bin Hamoud Al Khalifa told Al Arabiya that the tourism sector in Bahrain is showing strong positive numbers echoed in the number of tourists which reached 3.1 million in the ...

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30 expats held in Saudi Arabia on terror charges in April

JEDDAH: The Saudi security forces rounded up 30 people of 12 different nationalities with links to terrorist organizations in April, said security sources. The cases of all these suspects are under investigation. The detainees include 11 from Sudan, 9 from ...

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4 Saudi officers dead in Asir checkpoint attack

Riyadh: Four Saudi officers were shot dead and four others wounded Thursday when their check post came under gunfire in southern Asir province, state media said citing the interior ministry. Three officers were instantly killed when the outpost came under ...

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Bahrain sentences 24 Shia citizens to jail, revokes nationality

A Bahrain court sentenced 24 Shia citizens to prison and stripped them of their nationality after finding them guilty of forming a “terrorist group”, a Bahraini judicial source said Thursday. Other charges included travelling to Iraq and Iran for “weapons ...

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Saudi Arabia’s 35-year theatre ban ends with Black Panther screening

The lights dimmed and the crowd of men and women erupted into applause and hoots Wednesday evening as Hollywood’s blockbuster Black Panther premiered in Saudi Arabia’s first movie theatre. Though it was a private, invitation-only screening, for many Saudis it ...

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Saudi Arabia, Bahrain support strikes on Syria

Manama: Saudi Arabia has expressed its full support to the US, British and French military operations against targets in Syria. An official source at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said the military strikes “came as a response to the Syrian ...

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Sharjah ruler announces salary hike for non-Emirati employees

The salaries of non-Emirati Sharjah government employees will also be hiked by 10 per cent retroactively from the start of January this year. This comes following directions of His Highness Dr Sheikh Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Member of the ...

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