Announcement: December 11. Sunday Will Be a Paid Holiday for Public and Private Sector Employees in the UAE

December 11 will be a paid holiday for public and private sector employees in the UAE as the country celebrates the Prophet Mohammed’s birthday.

The day is a public holiday for all ministries and federal government entities.

Work will resume on Monday, December 12, according to a circular released by the Federal Authority for Government Human Resources.

Saqr Ghobash, Minister of Human Resources and Emiratisation, made the announcement for private sector employees on Wednesday.

He wished all citizens and resident in the UAE happiness and prosperity on this occasion and prayed for further progress and wealth to all Arab and Islamic nations.

The Federal Authority for Government Human Resources conveyed its most sincere congratulations and wishes to President Sheikh Khalifa, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, Vice President and Ruler of Dubai, and Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces, as well as to all the Rulers of the emirates.


The Authority also conveyed its best wishes to the people of the UAE, as well as all Arab and Muslim people.


Here’s Why Time Magazine Hailed Trump as Person of the Year

Time Magazine has named US President-elect Donald Trump Person of the Year, citing the upheaval in American politics brought about by the election campaign and victory of the New York businessman.

“It’s hard to measure the scale of his disruption,” Time said in its announcement on Wednesday (December 7), noting Trump’s eclectic career as real estate magnate and reality television star before winning the highest office in the land.

“For those who believe this is all for the better, Trump’s victory represents a long-overdue rebuke to an entrenched and arrogant governing class,” it said.

The magazine said its short list included Trump’s rival in the 2016 presidential race, Democrat Hillary Clinton, as well as Turkish leader Tayyip Erdogan and singer Beyonce.

“It’s a great honor, it means a lot,” Trump told NBC’s “Today” show in an interview shortly after the announcement.

Source: GMA



Breaking: Missing Pakistan Plane Crashes Suspected To Have Killed 47 Passengers on Board, Including a Celebrity

A missing Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) plane with up to 45 passengers on board has crashed in the northern Chitral region, according to regional police.
The national flag carrier confirmed in a statement that Flight PK-661 – an ATR 42 twin-turboprop – had lost contact with air traffic controllers on Wednesday afternoon.
The statement by Danyal Gilani, General Manager of Public Affairs and Spokesman for PIA, said: “PK-661 carrying around 40 persons lost its contact with control tower on its way from Chitral to Islamabad a short wile ago.
“All resources are being mobilised to locate the aircraft.”
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An emergency response centre has been activated and can be accessed via the following phone numbers for updates: 0092-21-99044890, 0092-21-99044376, and 0092-21-99044394.

Shocking! This Egyptian Doctors Leaves Pair of Scissors In Stomach After Operation in Saudi Arabia.

A patient has accused a doctor of a known hospital here to have negligently left a pair of scissors in his stomach following an operation to suck
out fluid.

The news also sparked off angry reaction on social media, with citizens condemning the doctor’s negligence.
The patient, Mohammad Suleiman Al-Haiati, told local media that he suffers from many ailments, including diabetes.

“Three months ago, I went to the King Khalid Hospital in Hail to carry out tests after the fluid in my stomach became overbearing, reaching my lungs,” he said.


According to the report, the doctors at the hospital then cut off two toes from his right foot. However, the patient returned to the hospital after two months as the amount of fluid increased.
Al-Haiati said he was admitted to the hospital and the doctor conducted the operation last week. “However, after two days, I felt much pain in my stomach. The doctor said it was normal and took an X-ray, which showed the scissors,” he said.

“The doctor, without informing me about the scissors in my body, said I needed another operation to remove the fluid from the stomach, for which he took my signature on the consent form,” said the patient.

The doctor is due to travel to Egypt on Wednesday, said Al-Haiati, adding that Dr. Fawaz Al-Rashed, the head of the hospital, told him that case would be investigated.
The patient has urged Hail Gov. Prince Saud bin Abdul Mohsen to order a thorough investigation into the medical negligence case.

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Source:Arab News


Here’s Why SR2 Coin is to be Introduced in Saudi Arabia.

The Saudi Arabian Monetary Agency (SAMA) plans to stop printing SR1 note. According to a report in the local media, a new SR2 coin is to be introduced. The report said SR1 and SR2 coins will be ideal for buying soft drinks and other small items and services, including parking meters. Additionally, the aim is to ensure 80 percent of the public use electronic means to buy goods. Currently 84 percent prefer cash.

Source: Arab News


Where to Find the Cheapest Chocolates in Dubai?

Baqer Mohebi Supermarket in Bur Dubai, where you will find most people, especially expats, buying chocolate at low prices, so as to send them to their loved ones back at home.

Every time an expat is planning to go home, Baqer Mohebi has to be mentioned in relation to the huge discounts and the low prices they have on their chocolates. When you buy in bulk, you will get higher discounts. As a result, cargo boxes will carry bags of chocolates to their families and loved ones back at home.

When you are buying the low-priced chocolates, you should make it a habit to always check the expiry date. This is to ensure that they are safe to consume before the expiry since there must be a reason why they are offered at cheap prices. This applies to all other items as well.

Cut-Price Chocolates at Baqer Mohebi Supermarket

Where to Find the Cheapest Chocolates in Dubai Baqer Mohebi Supermarket

A good number of people tend to assume that Baqer Mohebi Supermarket is exclusively a chocolate shop, while it is actually a fully-stocked supermarket. However, there is a dedicated section where you will find different types and brands of chocolates that are offered at extremely low prices. You can easily buy various brands like Hershey’s, Toblerone and Ferrero Rocher among others at significantly reduced prices. You will find chocolate from renowned brands as well at low prices.

If you have a lucky star, you may get to the supermarket when they have amazing deals on the chocolates. In most cases, the expiration date will determine what type of deal you will get. However, most of the chocolates will have a long way to go before they can actually expire. When you buy chocolates and travel within a month, you can be sure that bars of chocolate will be safe to consume and your family will love them.

Where to Find the Cheapest Chocolates in Dubai Baqer Mohebi Supermarket

What’s More, at Baqer Mohebi Supermarket?

1 Dirham per item

Baqer Mohebi has a section where you can buy each item at only 1 Dirham, mostly, items that are about to expire. Some of the items include chips, hats, candies, cookies, ketchups, toothbrushes and so much more, while stocks last. You should make it a habit to pass through this section and check if you will find something that you need for only 1 Dirham.

The supermarket is a convenience store, with all the groceries and items that are needed for daily use. The good news is that the store remains open for 24 hours, so you can shop at any time that you wish to.

You should try as much as possible to avoid shopping during the weekend when everyone else is doing their grocery shopping. The queues are quite long and this may end up being a tedious process. Otherwise, you will love this place.

Directions to Baqer Mohebi Supermarket

If you are not familiar with the place, here are some directions to help you get there:

  • Take Exit 2 out of the Al Fahidi Metro station, then walk straight ahead until you come across the Choithrams and Al Khaleej Center crossing, on Rolla Street.
  • Keep walking on Rolla Street, for about 5 minutes, and look for a mosque. When you get to the mosque, the supermarket is across the street. Go in and take your time to shop. Enjoy your shopping!




Breaking! 827 Families of Yolanda Survivors Finally Move into New Homes

Survivors of Super Typhoon Yolanda: Ernesto Abella, presidential spokesman Secretary, recently said, at a press briefing that 827 of the 911 families affected by the Yolanda typhoon have been relocated to new homes, successfully as of December 3, 2016. This comes barely 26 days after President Duterte’ directive to ensure the families get new homes. This is a move that has received applause from most parts of the region.

Before the Christmas holidays, OPAV is hoping to move more families to their new homes. Michael Diño, the presidential adviser on the Visayas, says that they are just waiting for the new homes to be fitted with flowing water and electricity, before they can move more families to the homes.

The issue of the survivors of Super Typhoon Yolanda was discussed and updates were given during the 9th Cabinet meeting held on Monday.

The former chairperson of the Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Councils, Vice President Leni Robredo, made all the efforts to ensure that Yolanda survivors got new homes. Unfortunately, she was stopped from attending cabinet meetings by the President. She has actually resigned from the HUDCC, since then.

The Secretary of Department of Social Welfare and Development, Judy Taguiwalo said that the administration that was formerly in charge of the process, committed serious irregularities as far as the shelters for the survivors are concerned.

President Duterte gave his apologies to the affected families for the delays, at the 3rd anniversary, commemorating Yolanda Typhoon in Tacloban City. He asked Robredo and Diño to speed up the housing project.

Malacañang was happy to announce, on Tuesday, that 827 families of the survivors of Super Typhoon Yolanda have been relocated to their new homes, just before Christmas begins.

Source: GMA


This Bangladeshi Cleaner Was Showered with Gifts by Saudis After Being Ridiculed for Looking at Gold

A Bangladeshi cleaner in Saudi Arabia was gifted a gold set after he was ridiculed online when photos of him staring at a jewelry shop display went viral. But presents, including smart phones and rice bags, are still pouring in.

Abdullah Al-Qahtani, a Saudi national who spoke to Al Arabiya News Channel, from the gold market in Riyadh, the country’s capital, said he, managed to find the cleaner to give him his gifts.

The cleaner’s was identified as Nuzroul Abdulkareem, and his monthly salary was $187 (700 Saudi riyal).

“More money is being sent to Nuzroul,” Qahtani said, without specifying how much. In addition to bags of rice and honey, Abdulkareem has so far received “two-way tickets to his home country, and two phones – one iPhone 7 and one Samsung Galaxy.”

The story began when a social media user mocked the cleaner by sharing the picture, writing “this man deserves to only look at rubbish.”

Saudis on the social media platform tweeted, vowing to send more gifts to the cleaner, including one user who said a gift of $533 (2,000 Saudi riyal) would be given.

“I am very thankful,” Abdulkareem said.

Qahtani described him as “very hardworking.” “Abdulkareem also takes care of homeless kittens on the street where he works,” Qahtani said.

Source: Al Arabiya


Breaking: New Labor Law Makes Changing Jobs Much Easier for Expats in Qatar

Updated qatar labor law: The month of December has started on a very high note for the expats. This is as a result of the excitement that has been brought by the new residency law, which will be implemented on December 13.

One of the provisions of Law No 21 of 2015 is that the expats’ service period will be calculated from the time they started working for an employer. This will include the total number of days that expatriates have worked, before the new law is implemented. This is a statement that has been issued by the Ministry of Administrative Development, Labour and Social Affairs (MOLSA). Law No 21 is responsible for the entry, residency and exit of expatriates.

Moving from One Job to Another

According to this new law, an expat will not need permission from their existing employer to move to a new job. However, they must have finished the contract period that they had agreed before changing jobs.

For the employees on fixed contracts, they are required to give a notice, in writing to their employers indicating their intention to move to a new job, before expiry of the contract period. Expats who have an open-ended contract will change jobs at will, without seeking the approval of their employers, as long as they have completed a 5- year service period.

All the expats who intend to move to a new job should get approval from the Ministry of Administrative Development, Labour and Social Affairs, before moving.

If the contract has not come to an end, the worker needs to seek permission from the employer before moving. However, when there is proof of being mistreated, then the workers have the right to ask MOLSA to grant them employment transfer.

Job Contracts

With the new rule, the workers from foreign countries have the right to get a copy of the job contract before leaving their home country. This is aimed at curbing the incidences of being promised one job, and ending up being given a totally different job, when you get into the country.


The new law also wants to eradicate the Kafala system and replace it with a system that is contractually based. As such the foreign workers in Qatar have the right to exit the country before the contract period expires, or when the contract ends. The exit terms should be stipulated in the contract. In the event that the employer refuses to grant the worker the requests to leave, an appeal can be placed to the Exit Permit Grievances Committee, which has 72 hours to respond to all requests.

Answers to Common Questions

  1. How do expats apply for exit permit with the new law?

The first and most important thing is to note that the Ministry of Administrative Development, Labour and Social Affairs will subject the workers and employers to have a contract agreement on the annual leave. When you want an exit permit, you must place it in writing to your employer.

Often, employers will not have a problem approving an exit permit. However, if the employer rejects the requests, you can apply to the Exit Permit Grievances Committee and they will respond in 3 days, maximum.

One of the obligations of the committee is to do an investigation on the expat and contact the employers so as to establish the reason for rejecting the exit request. If there is no commitment of fraud, which an employer has to prove, the exit permit will be granted.

  1. What happens if the Committee cannot reach employer?

In the event that MOLSA cannot reach the employer within 3 days, the exit permit will be issued. This is subject to passing all the relevant checks conducted by the committee.

  1. How do I get an emergency exit permit in Qatar?

3 days is the maximum time frame that the Exit Permit Grievances Committee has to work with. However, this does not stop it from acting much faster, in the event of an emergency. The process can be expedited to suit the worker’s emergency.

  1. Who sits in the Exit Permit Grievances Committee?

The committee is made of representatives of National Human Rights Committee, MOLSA and Mol. When evidence is presented against a worker, the committee will accord the worker the opportunity to defend themselves. Additionally, the committee may also allow a worker to apply for leniency when they owe some money, but have a family emergency that they need to attend to in their country of origin.

In most cases, the committee has been seen to arrive at decisions that favor the workers willing to exit the country.

  1. If a worker is denied an exit permit, will the family members be affected?

In the event that an expat is not granted a work permit, the family members are free to leave at will. However, if they are implicated in the cases affecting the worker, they will also be required to stay in the country.

  1. Is there a time frame before taking a new job after exiting the country?

When you leave Qatar and your work and residency permits are terminated, you can come back and get a job, as soon as you get a new visa. This means that you are not restricted from coming back and taking employment. However, if you had misconduct in the previous employment, this will not be applicable.

  1. How long does it to get another job, when a contract ends?

Once your current contract expires or is terminated, you should notify MOLSA and you will be given 3 months to find a job. Once you get a new job, you should take the contract details to MOLSA so that your employment status can be updated. If you do not find work within the 3 months, you have to leave the country.

Source: Qatar Living