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Saudi Arabia will allow women to drive from next June, state media said Tuesday, in a historic decision that makes the Gulf kingdom the last country in the world to permit women behind the wheel. The shock announcement comes after a years-long resistance from women's rights activists, some of whom...
The Saudi General Directorate of Passports and Expatriates Affairs said levy fees on expatriates’ dependents include all nationalities with no exceptions. The directorate added that residency permits and residency identities will not be renewed unless all levy fees on dependents are paid. New fees on dependents of residents and visitors went...
Many steps are involved in purchasing investment property. Sometimes, this process can be relatively easy to navigate, but other times not so easy. As with any process, unforeseen things happen and unless you are an expert in real estate law, you could lose money, time, and possibly the property. This...
Most law schools don't teach their future lawyers how to run a practice. Often times, law students graduate knowing how to practice law but not knowing how to run a law firm. With more than 37,000 new law grads entering the workforce each year, there are lots of new...
Saudi Arabia will become the first Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) country to impose excise tax at 100 percent on tobacco products and energy drinks, and 50 percent on soft drinks, from June 10. The news comes days after the UAE Federal Tax Authority (FTA) said it will start imposing excise...
The Gulf Cooperation Council for Arab States’ (GCC) Unified Selective Excise Tax and the Unified Value Added Tax (VAT) agreements have come into effect after ratification by the UAE, according to Emirates news agency WAM. The General Secretariat of the GCC has received the UAE’s ratification documents for the two...
Kuwait's supreme court on Monday upheld a five-year jail term against three members of the ruling family, including the former secret service chief, for insulting the judiciary. Those convicted include Sheikh Athbi Al-Fahad Al-Sabah, a nephew of the Gulf state's emir and the former head of the secret service police,...
German lawmakers on Thursday approved a partial ban on the full-face burqa Islamic veil and a package of security measures aimed at preventing extremist attacks. The new laws follow several jihadist attacks, including a truck rampage through a Berlin Christmas market that claimed 12 lives, and come ahead of September...
Foreigners will no longer be allowed to work in Saudi Arabia's numerous shopping malls, the labour ministry announced Thursday, in the latest measure to boost employment of Saudis. The kingdom has intensified efforts to develop more jobs for its citizens under a wide-ranging drive that began last year to diversify...
Neither a clean chit nor a disqualification: the drawn out Supreme Court (SC) case probing the Sharif family’s alleged corruption in the Panamagate case ended today as the court ordered the formation of a Joint Investigation Team (JIT) to probe how the family's money was transferred to Qatar. The...
The slew of new Dubai traffic rules to come into effect from July 1 usher in many advantages for motorists and among the significant changes being brought in is the matter of the renewal period of the driving licence. For expat drivers, this renewal will now be every five...
Pakistan has suspended issuance of visas on arrival to foreigners in a bid to streamline the visa regime and avoid any irregularities in the database. Interior Minister Chaudry Nisar Ali Khan, during a high-level meeting on Monday, asked officials to revise and update visa rules besides introduction of online visa...
We love Dubai for many things: the law and order, the shiny buildings, the beaches, and the endless shopping options. But one thing we always take for granted is cleanliness. Thanks to the round-the-clock service of the Dubai Municipality, the city is one of the cleanest in the region. But this...
Speed limits on two of Dubai's main highways are to be lowered in a bid to reduce the number of accidents, it has been announced. The decision has been taken following a meeting between the Roads and Transport Authority and Dubai Police, state news agency WAM reported. The two parties agreed...
The U.S. has banned laptops, tablets and other electronic devices in the cabins of flights to the U.S. from nine airlines operating in parts of North Africa and the Middle East. The ban, which affects devices larger than a cellphone ― including cameras, DVD players and electronic games ― went...
A new set of rules related to the aviation sector and general air space in Dubai was brought into effect on Thursday after approval by Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of Dubai Executive Council. According to the rules, a fine between...
The driver of a 4x4 vehicle caught performing dangerous stunts on a busy Dubai road has been ordered to clean the emirate's streets for 30 days. In a tweet, Dubai ruler Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum said the motorist and his passengers must clean the streets for four hours...
SEOUL, South Korea — For Jay Y. Lee, the third-generation leader of South Korea's massive Samsung Group and scion of the country's wealthiest family, home is now a 71-square-foot detention cell with a toilet in the corner behind a partition. He has no shower, only a washstand. His bed is...
The Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Monday prohibited the celebration of Valentine's Day in public spaces and government offices across the country 'with immediate effect'. A day before Valentine's Day, the Federal Ministry of Information, Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (Pemra) and the Islamabad High Commission have been told by...
Saudi Arabia’s cabinet on Monday approved the GCC agreement for imposing a value added tax (VAT) from next year, the state news agency announced. In a session chaired by King Salman in Riyadh, the council of ministers gave its official approval to the measure, confirming that the kingdom is ready...
UAE prime minister Sheikh Mohammed has approved a cabinet decree that will see Russian citizens granted an entry visa at all entry points to the county. The visa will allow citizens of the Russian Federation an entry visa for 30 days for the first time, renewable one time only for...
SAN FRANCISCO — Uber pulled its self-driving cars from California roads after state regulators moved to revoke their registrations, officials said Wednesday. The move comes after a week of talks between the ride-hailing company and state regulators failed. Hours after Uber launched the service in its hometown of San Francisco...
The United States government has warmly embraced self-driving cars. Since 2013, the attitude has been positive because it is eager to see this technology on the road. At first, the Obama administration was cautious about the safety of the vehicles. It required extensive safety research to be done and...
Dubai: You can now, technically, enter or exit the UAE in just 10 to 15 seconds — by using your Emirates ID at the Smart Gates at Dubai International (DXB) Airport. The automated immigration gates at passport control do away with lines, saving time and effort for UAE residents leaving...
Dubai Land Department (DLD) is working on a new law to reduce disputes between landlords and tenants, a senior government official told Arabian Business. “We are working on a new law that will make things simpler for landlords and tenants,” said Mohammed Ahmed Yahya, deputy CEO Rental Affairs Sector, DLD. “When...
The UAE has announced a three-month paid maternity leave for Federal Government employees. The President, His Highness Shaikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, issued Federal Law 17 for the year 2016, amending some articles under Law 11 of 2008, regarding human resources of the federal government. According to Article 53 of...
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi ordered the withdrawal of 500 and 1,000 rupee notes from circulation on Tuesday in a shock announcement designed to tackle widespread corruption and tax evasion. Modi said that while people could exchange their old notes for new bills at banks or post offices until the...
A backlog of suspicious financial transactions in Hong Kong’s banking industry was named as the reason for a dramatic upsurge in reports of money laundering and terrorist financing. The Joint Financial Intelligence Unit (JFIU), a 50-member outfit comprising police and customs officials, received 59,730 reports of suspicious financial activity in...
Manama: A Saudi prince was given lashes in application of a court ruling that also included a prison sentence for breaking the law. The lashing was carried out on Monday afternoon inside a prison in the Red Sea city of Jeddah. A committee tasked with the application of court sentences made...
Two drivers have won a landmark tribunal case against Uber over workers' rights. The drivers claimed that the private hire firm acted unlawfully by denying them sick pay, a guaranteed minimum wage, holiday pay and breaks. The London Central Employment Tribunal ruled in their favour, a decision which could affect...