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Oman discusses replacing foreigners with locals in government companies
Oman's labor minister discussed plans for replacing foreign workers with Omani workers in government-run companies on Wednesday, state news agency ONA said.
Oman denies social media rumours that new academic year will be postponed
Oman’s Ministry of Education (MOE) has categorically denied rumours that are being circulated on social media about the possibility of postponing the school academic year for 2020-21.
Bahrain extends validity of all types of visit visas until 2021
Bahrain’s Nationality, Passports and Residence Affairs (NPRA) announced today it has decided to re-extend the validity of all types of visit visas until 21 January 2021 with fee exception to all visitors.
Key to finding job in times of uncertainties: keep applying
People are losing their jobs during these extraordinary circumstances that have shown everyone is dispensable.
Saudi Aramco chief tells of ‘deeply personal’ pride in industry award
Amin Nasser, president and CEO of Saudi Aramco, received tributes from leaders of the global energy industry as he was named Energy Executive of the Year at a virtual ceremony that highlighted his decades of work at the Saudi oil giant.
Aramco chief wins energy executive of the year award
Saudi Aramco’s president and CEO, Amin Nasser, has been named energy executive of the year by a panel of international industry leaders.
MoCI clamps down on smuggling of subsidized goods
The ministry of commerce and industry has affirmed that distribution of subsidized monthly food rations is controlled by an accurate electronic system as accountants from 51 cooperative store outlets were referred to the public prosecution after discrepancies were discovered in the quantities of subsidized items during inventory.
Bahrain extends suspension of expat consultation fees
Bahrain’s Minister of Health Faiqah Al Saleh has issued a decision to continue the suspension of health service fees for non-Bahrainis for an additional three months, local media reported on Monday.
Emiratis, Israelis meet in Dubai as part of women’s forum event
A group of Emirati and Israeli women met in Dubai for the first time, in a meeting held as part of the Gulf-Israel Women’s Forum.
UAE welcomes signing of peace agreement in Sudan
The UAE welcomed the signing of a peace agreement between the Sudanese government and Sudanese armed groups on Saturday in Juba.
Kuwait Emir Sheikh Sabah passes away
His Highness Sheikh Sabah Al Ahmad Al Jaber Al Sabah, the Emir of Kuwait, has passed away, his office announced on Tuesday, plunging his country into mourning for a leader regarded by many Gulf Arabs as a savvy diplomatic operator and a humanitarian champion.
Kuwait Crown Prince Sheikh Nawaf is new Emir
His Highness Sheikh Nawaf Al Ahmad Al Jaber Al Sabah has been named the Emir of Kuwait after the passing of the late Emir Sheikh Sabah Al Ahmad Al Jaber Al Sabah, the Kuwaiti government said on Tuesday.
General Auditing Bureau adopts cybersecurity plan in Saudi Arabia
The General Auditing Bureau has adopted a cybersecurity strategic plan to strengthen and protect itself from internal and external threats.
Saudi Arabia's FM and Eritrean counterpart Osman Saleh Mohammed discuss bilateral relations
Saudi Arabia’s foreign minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan held a phone call on Sunday with his Eritrean counterpart Osman Saleh Mohammed.
Kuwait launches ablution water treatment project
Kuwait Municipality and the Ministry of Awqaf and Islamic Affairs are executing a project aimed at treating water used for ablution in mosques to water plants in the Mubarakiya Market’s area.
4 Dubai businesses fined for flouting Covid-19 safety rules
Dubai continues to crackdown on establishments that are flouting Covid-19 precautionary measures. In a statement issued by Dubai Economy department on Tuesday, four more businesses were fined for flouting coronavirus safety rules.
Saudi Arabia to gradually resume Umrah pilgrimage from Oct. 4
Saudi Arabia said on Tuesday it would start allowing pilgrims to perform Umrah in gradual stages, while taking the necessary precautions.
Kuwait scrambles to return expat public sector staff stranded abroad
Kuwait’s government is expected to announce soon a new online platform to facilitate the return of expatriate public sector employees who are stuck in countries where commercial flights with the Gulf state are banned, according to multiple local reports published yesterday.
Ajman announces permanent remote working for government staff
Ajman has approved a remote working system permanently for government employees.
127,000 expats lose residency permits
The number of expatriates working in Kuwait, who have lost their residency permits for being abroad due to coronavirus-related travel restrictions, has surged to about 127,000 people, a Kuwaiti newspaper reported Thursday.
Ministries asked to name foreign employees to be replaced by Kuwaiti citizens
Kuwait’s Civil Service Commission has asked the ministries of education and Awqaf to list names of all foreign employees doing certain jobs in a step to replace them with citizens as the country is seeking to redress population imbalance, a media report said today.
Trump awards Kuwaiti emir ‘prestigious’ decoration
US President Donald Trump awarded the US Legion of Merit, Degree Chief Commander, to Kuwaiti Emir Sheikh Sabah Al Ahmad Al Sabah, the White House said in a statement on Friday, adding that it was the first time the honour has been given since 1991.
Kuwait rejects no-confidence motion against interior minister
Kuwait’s National Assembly on Thursday rejected a no-confidence motion against the Deputy Prime Minister and Interior Minister Anas Al Salah, with a majority 32 lawmakers backing him, local media reported.
Bahrain and Israel to establish 'full diplomatic relations'
Bahrain joined the United Arab Emirates in striking an agreement to normalize relations with Israel on Friday, a dramatic move aimed at easing tensions in the Middle East.
Expired residency visas of expats abroad renewed for one month
The Directorate General of Passports has automatically extended the validity of residency permits of expatriates who are outside the Kingdom. The extension is for one month and without any fee, in line with the directives of authorities.
Population report calls to reduce surplus expats
A parliamentary report seeking to rectify a massive imbalance in the demographic structure will call to reduce what it calls “surplus expats” as soon as possible, head of the committee preparing the report said yesterday.
Abu Dhabi Duty Free launches home delivery service
Abu Dhabi Airports Duty Free, a subsidiary of Abu Dhabi Airports, has launched a new home delivery service, allowing residents across the UAE to buy Abu Dhabi Duty Free products from the comfort of their homes.
Expired UAE visit visa: 4 days to leave without fines
Holders of UAE visit or tourist visas expired after March 1, 2020, have only four days to leave the country or change their status without paying fines.
Saudi Arabia denies levying entry fees on foreigners entering kingdom
Saudi Arabia has denied levying fees on foreigners and vehicles entering the kingdom.
Manpower authority trains youth to join labor market
The manpower authority’s official spokesperson and public relations manager Aseel Al-Mazyad said the authority will hold a training course for senior students titled ‘My Career’ in collaboration with the vocational guidance department and Injaz Society.
Coronavirus: Bahrain allows the entry of non-citizens and non-residents
Bahrain will now allow non-citizens and non-residents to enter the country, its airport authority said on Friday.
5-year retirement visa launched in Dubai
People around the world looking to have a distinct retirement life can start their new chapter in Dubai. Residents or any foreigner aged above 55 years can apply for a five-year retirement visa on http://www.retireindubai.com, it was announced on Wednesday.
Daytime outdoor labour restrictions lifted from today
The Public Authority for Manpower announced that as of today (September 1), the daytime outdoor ban has been lifted.
Strict measures put in place as Kuwait curfew is lifted
As Kuwait prepares to lift a five-month curfew, mainly partial except for a three-week total lockdown, the government is putting in place strict measures to combat the spread of COVID-19.
Kuwait to halt visa transfer from public to private sector
Director General of the Public Authority for Manpower, Ahmed Al Moussa, announced a ban on transferring government workers to the private sector, local media reported.
Kuwait suspends salaries of health workers stranded abroad
The Kuwaiti Ministry of Health (MOH) has suspended the salaries of doctors, technicians and administrators who are stranded abroad and whose vacation days have expired while outside Kuwait, Al Jarida newspaper reported on Monday.
Cabinet works on implementing Deputy Amir’s instructions
The Kuwaiti Cabinet held its weekly meeting at Al-Saif Palace on Monday under the chairmanship of His Highness the Prime Minister Sheikh Sabah Al-Khaled Al-Hamad Al-Sabah. The Cabinet members reviewed the contents of the address delivered by His Highness the Deputy Amir and Crown Prince Sheikh Nawaf Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah on Sunday, Deputy Prime Minister and Interior Minister Anas Al-Saleh said following the meeting.
Oman's salons, cafes and gyms reopen tomorrow
The sixth batch of commercial activities will be allowed to open from tomorrow (26th August) but will still need to adhere to COVID-19 precautions.
Saudi Arabia’s engineering jobs to be localized
Engineering jobs in the Kingdom are to be localized following a ministry decision, the Saudi Press Agency reported.
Deputy Amir: Those guilty of security leaks will be punished
The Deputy Amir and Crown Prince Sheikh Nawaf Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah warned yesterday that all those involved in the security leaks issue will be punished and called on all to stop circulating the “harmful material” that undermines Kuwait’s unity and security.
Bahrain scraps quarantine for passengers
Bahrain has decided to cancel domestic quarantine for travellers arriving in the country, but said that testing to detect the coronavirus will continue for them.
Dubai residents can return to any UAE airport with GDRFA approval, Covid-negative result
Dubai residency visa holders stranded abroad can return to Dubai through "any UAE airport" provided they have a negative PCR test result and a pre-travel approval from the General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs (GDRFA).
Kuwait braces to end five long months of curfew next week
The Kuwaiti Cabinet has decided to lift a countrywide partial curfew as of August 30, but some activities will remain restricted.
Kuwait’s curfew to end on August 30
A nationwide curfew, adopted in Kuwait to contain the spread of the coronavirus, will be lifted on August 30, the government has said.
No transfer to residency from visit visas issued after COVID-19 outbreak
The Interior Ministry has instructed the residency affairs department not to allow any residents to sponsor any of their relatives who had come to Kuwait on visit visas after the COVID-19 outbreak, Al-Rai reported yesterday quoting informed sources.
Kuwait bans conversion of all types of visit visas into residency permits
Kuwaiti authorities have ordered a ban on converting all types of visit visas into residency permits as the country is trying to redress a demographic imbalance, according to a media report.
Kuwait will not extend expats’ expired visas after August 31
Kuwait’s Ministry of Interior (MoI) stressed that expired residency and entry visas of expats will not be extended after August 31, which is the end date of the period that the ministry granted earlier, during which all visas were automatically renewed in light of the conditions accompanying the coronavirus pandemic, Al Rai Newspaper reported on Monday.
Kuwait halts accrediting Indian engineering degrees after forgeries found
Kuwait has temporarily halted accrediting Indian engineering certificates after forgeries were discovered in related documents, according to a local media report.
Dubai residents from India still need GDRFA approval to fly back to UAE, clarifies Air India Express
If you have a Dubai residence visa and are flying back to Dubai from India, you must have a return permit from the General Directorate of Residency and Foreign Affairs (GDRFA), the Indian budget airline Air India Express has clarified.
Saudi body to help UN devise policies for sustainable living
A professional association from Saudi Arabia will play a key policymaking role at a UN governing body addressing the importance of environmental needs.
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