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Oil Tops $75 Per Barrel, Highest Since 2014

Oil Tops $75 Per Barrel, Highest Since 2014

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Opec-led supply cuts, strong demand lift the oil prices. Oil rose on Tuesday above $75 a barrel to its highest since November 2014, supported by Opec-led production cuts, strong demand and the prospect of renewed US sanctions on Iran. Brent crude, the global benchmark, hit its highest since Opec on November 27, 2014 turned its back on curbing output to support prices, a move that triggered a battle for market share and helped deepen a collapse to $27 in early 2016. Oil prices began to recover in 2016 as the Organisation of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (Opec) discussed a return to market management with the help of Russia and other non-members. A supply-cutting deal took effect in January 2017. Brent traded as high as $75.27, gaining for a sixth day, and was up 37 cents at ...
UAE Passport Holders Now Exempt From Tonga Pre-Entry Visa

UAE Passport Holders Now Exempt From Tonga Pre-Entry Visa

UAE News
This is in line with a MoU signed by the two governments. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation announced that UAE passport holders can travel to the Kingdom of Tonga without a pre-entry visa. Starting from May 24, travelers to the Polynesian Kingdom can stay for up to 60 days per visit. Ambassador Ahmed Ilham Al Dhahiri, Assistant Undersecretary for Consular Affairs at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, said UAE citizens carrying diplomatic, private, VIP and regular passports are eligible. The exemption is based on a memorandum of understanding signed between the United Arab Emirates and the Kingdom of Tonga in Dubai by Ambassador Yacoub Yousef Al Hosani, Assistant Minister for Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation fo...
Philippines Apologises To Kuwait For Sovereignty Violation Over ‘Rescue’ Of Workers

Philippines Apologises To Kuwait For Sovereignty Violation Over ‘Rescue’ Of Workers

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The two countries are working on a pact to protect overseas workers. The Philippines on Tuesday formally apologised to Kuwait for actions the latter viewed as violation of its sovereignty after the southeast Asian nation's embassy "rescued" several overseas workers from employers' homes, the foreign secretary said. Kuwait had protested over the "rescue" of Philippine citizens working as domestic help, summoned the Philippine ambassador to demand an explanation and arrested two embassy staff who were involved in Saturday's incidents. Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano said Kuwait has accepted the Philippines' explanation after the Kuwaiti ambassador met President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday in southern Davao city and held talks with Cayetano on Tuesday in Manila. "We're...
Us Plans To End Work Permits For H-1B Holders’ Spouses

Us Plans To End Work Permits For H-1B Holders’ Spouses

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The move to end the Obama-era rule could have an impact on more than 70,000 H-4 visas holders. The Trump administration is planning to end allowing spouses of H-1B visa holders to work legally in the United States, a top federal agency official has told lawmakers, a move that could have a devastating impact on tens of thousands of Indians. The move to end the Obama-era rule could have an impact on more than 70,000 H-4 visas holders, who have work permits. H-4 is issued to the spouse of H-1B visa holders, a significantly large number of whom are high-skilled professionals from India. They had obtained work permits under a special order issued by the previous Obama administration. Indian-Americans were a major beneficiary of this provision. More than 100,000 H-4 visa holders have...
UAE Ranked 2nd Safest Country in the World

UAE Ranked 2nd Safest Country in the World

UAE News
People living in the UAE speak highly of the safety and security in the country. In fact, the Ministry of Interior has announced that 98.6 percent of the country’s residents feel safe. Hence, it is not surprising why the UAE ranked among the safest countries in the world. Last year, Emirates (the flagship carrier of Dubai) was hailed as the world’s safest airline. Likewise, Dubai has also been recognised as the second best city in the world for driving. In this article, we present more reasons why the UAE is among the world’s safest countries. Abu Dhabi, capital of the UAE UAE Among World’s Safest Countries What makes the UAE safe and secure? Based on recent reports, the country has: The world’s lowest ranking of crimes related to theft and sexual assault The lowest nu
Passport Application and Renewal Procedure at Philippine Consulate in Dubai

Passport Application and Renewal Procedure at Philippine Consulate in Dubai

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Passport Application and Renewal Procedure at Philippine Consulate in Dubai One of the reasons Filipinos visit consular offices is to renew passports, pay fees and inquire about labor and other related issues. In Dubai, the Philippine Consulate General has streamlined its operations to handle the volume of visitors. One of the measures implemented is to require appointment for passport processing. Here are the steps for Filipinos who wish to apply for new or replacement/renewal of old passports. PROCEDURE FOR PASSPORT APPLICATION or RENEWAL 1. Set an appointment online – click here. 2. On date of appointment, fill out E-passport Application Form – click here. 3. Proceed to Passport Processing Area [1] 4. Proceed to Cashier [2] 5. Proceed to Passport Encoding Area [3] 6. Pro
Video: Fire In Dubai’S Almas Tower Doused Within 20 Minutes

Video: Fire In Dubai’S Almas Tower Doused Within 20 Minutes

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Fire broke out in building 'pole', say Dubai Civil Defence. The Dubai Civil Defence put out a minor fire that broke out in Almas Tower in Jumeirah Lake Towers, on Sunday. No injuries were reported in the incident. At 2:45pm, the operations room of the Dubai Civil Defence received information about a fire that had erupted in the 68-storey sky scrapper. The rescue team - consisting of firefighters from four stations - rushed to the site and found that the fire had broken out in a pole on the top floor of the building. Ash flew off the tower onto the street and the black smoke enveloped its front part. The building was evacuated to ensure safety of people. Within 20 minutes, the firefighters managed to douse the flames. The Dubai Police cordoned off the place. Major Firas Balha...
Murderer Returns To Dubai After 14 Years, Gets Life Term

Murderer Returns To Dubai After 14 Years, Gets Life Term

UAE News
He had fled to his home country after committing the crime. A murderer who returned to the UAE 14 years after he fled the country has been given a life term in jail. His two accomplices to the crime had also been given life sentences by the Dubai Criminal Court, reported Al Bayan. In 2003, the man along with a tailor and merchant had attacked a cashier after making sure he was alone. They used sticks and knifed him, stealing nearly Dh3,000 cash. Later they withdrew Dh5,500 using the victim's ATM card, then fled. Police were able to apprehend the accomplices. The third criminal, of Asian nationality, had fled to his homeland. Source
Dubai’S Careem Admits To Data Breach Of 14 Million Users

Dubai’S Careem Admits To Data Breach Of 14 Million Users

UAE News
Company spokesperson said it could not share how many people were affected in the UAE. Cyber criminals have stolen the personal data of more than 14 million customers of the popular Dubai-born, ride-hailing service Careem. In a blog post on Careem's website on Monday, it said on January 14 it "identified a cyber incident involving unauthorised access to the system we use to store data". In a separate statement to Khaleej Times, a company spokesperson said it could not share how many people were affected in the UAE as it "does not disclose market data" here, but it did share an overall figure. "20 million customers have signed up across our platform. We are currently in 14 countries and close to 100 cities. 14 million of these customers were affected by the incident." On Janu...
Deported Man Sneaks Into UAE, Jailed For Using Brother’S Id

Deported Man Sneaks Into UAE, Jailed For Using Brother’S Id

UAE News
He tried to evade arrest when stopped by a police lieutenant by showing his brother's Emirates ID. A man, who had been deported from the UAE and sneaked illegally back, has been sentenced to six months in jail for producing his brother's ID to a police officer. The 31-year-old Pakistani driver had been banned from entering the UAE but somehow managed to infiltrate through Oman illegally. He tried to evade arrest when stopped by a police lieutenant by showing his brother's Emirates ID. He was found guilty by the Court of First Instance of using another person's authentic personal document and impersonation of another person during a police interrogation. He will be deported at the end of his six-month imprisonment. The incident took place on October 23, last year, and was report...