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Visa

UAE citizens will not require visas to visit UK from 2023

The directive has been extended to other GCC countries as well

Kuwait

Kuwait cabinet resigns as parliament moves to oust premier

The prime minister had submitted his resignation letter to the country’s ruler

UAE says green status required on Al Hosn app to access federal government offices

The ruling will take effect from Monday, January 3

Covid-19: UAE announces protocols for Christmas and New Year’s Eve celebrations

All event attendees must provide a negative PCR test result taken within 96 hours

Gulf leaders stress need for joint security, approve establishment of GCC Railways Authority

The GCC Supreme Council also urged for the need to accelerate the establishment of a joint customs union and the GCC Common Market

Israeli PM Naftali Bennett arrives in the UAE on historic visit

The trip marks the first official visit by an Israeli PM after the two countries established diplomatic ties last year

Dubai UAE

Dubai becomes world’s first paperless government

All 45 government entities in the emirate are now paperless and provide more than 1,800 digital services covering 10,500 key transactions

Sharjah

Sharjah declares four-day work week for public sector

It becomes the first government within the Middle East to declare a permanent three-day weekend for all its employees

Saudi Crown Prince arrives in Qatar after completing UAE trip

The visit marks the first by the Saudi leader since the GCC rift with Qatar was ended in January this year

UAE stock market

UAE stock exchanges to begin operating Mondays-Fridays

The banking and financial sectors are expected to be among the biggest beneficiaries of the newly structured weekends

New UAE weekend: Private sector companies can decide whether to make a change

The UAE on Tuesday announced a new four-and-a-half-day working week for federal government entities

UAE President Sheikh Khalifa approves largest legislative reform in country’s history

It covers a wide range of subjects including personal security, higher education and data protection, among others

Kuwait cabinet quits in step toward ending political impasse

It’s the third government to resign in a year

Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum

Sheikh Mohammed merges Dubai’s economy and tourism departments

Helal Al Marri has been named as director general of Dubai’s Department of Economy and Tourism

Abu Dhabi

Covid-19: Abu Dhabi revises entry requirements for events and exhibitions

Attendees must have a green status on their Alhosn app and also hold a negative PCR test result not older than 96 hours

UAE Lebanon

UAE recalls diplomats in Lebanon, bans travel of citizens to country

The UAE denounced the statements made by George Kordahi, Lebanese Minister of Information

Dubai

Dubai’s Department of Finance announces new PPP projects worth Dhs25bn

It includes more than 30 projects in the infrastructure, public transportation and urban development sectors

Four people injured at Saudi’s Abha airport in latest Yemeni drone attack

The coalition said falling debris from the drone – which was intercepted and destroyed – injured four workers at the airport

Expo 2020 Dubai

UAE federal govt employees granted 6 days leave to visit Expo 2020

The six-month long event will run from October 1, 2021 until March 31, 2022

Expo 2020 Dubai

Six days of paid leave for Dubai government employees to attend Expo 2020 Dubai

The leave can be used at anytime during the period of Expo 2020, which runs from October 1, 2021 until March 31, 2022

Abu Dhabi UAE government

UAE announces new federal government cabinet

The government will follow a new strategic approach outlined by Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai

Covid cases today

Covid-19: Oman waives several fines to support the private sector

The Supreme Committee has also warned that authorities will shut down any establishments found in breach of the precautionary measures

Kuwait says foreigners on commercial visit visas can switch to work permits

Thousands of expats have left Kuwait this year and have been unable to return to the country due to the pandemic

Covid-19: Sharjah updates guidelines for social and home gatherings, weddings

Attendance at all the events is limited to people who are fully vaccinated, and who can present the green pass status on the Alhosn app

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Covid-19: UAE reports 391 new cases, 505 recoveries

The country also announced two deaths due to Covid complications, bringing the death toll in the country to 2,075

Abu Dhabi Crown Prince to visit the UK on Thursday

Sheikh Mohamed’s UK trip comes after his visit to France on Wednesday, where he met with President Emmanuel Macron

Kuwait’s expat population down by 56,000 in the first half of 2021 – report

The total number of expats in Kuwait stood at 3.154 million at the end of June

Projects of the 50: UAE aims to create 75,000 private sector jobs for Emiratis

Several incentives have been unveiled to encourage UAE nationals to join the private sector including salary top-ups and unemployment benefits

Saudi King terminates country’s Public Security director on corruption charges

He is also accused of committing a number of crimes, including forgery, bribery and abuse of influence

Sheikh Mohammed announces five best, worst govt entities for digital services

The underperforming government entities have been given a grace period of 90 days to improve