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The Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation has started reducing fees for 145 services and transactions with anywhere from 50% to 94% (per cent) fee reduction which will help Companies, residents as well as job seekers in UAE.

The new reduced fees/rates come as part of the implementation of a Cabinet decision on the service fees and fines levied by MOHRE.

The move is being implemented through service centres including:


Positive Sign for Job Market and Businesses:

Nasser Bin Thani Al Hameli, Minister of MOHRE pointed out that the new reduced fees will enhance the flexibility of the labour market. Moreover, the move is expected to meet the needs of private sector businesses for workers already in the country, and enable those who are sponsored by their families to invest their energies through working in the private sector.
At the same time, with the fee reductions, UAE companies would have additional options to meet their operational needs.

How this New UAE Reduce Fees Structure will work?

The ministry explained that the revised fee structure for issuing work permits is linked to a new classification system of companies based on the skills level and the diversity of workers in UAE.

To read new classification system, please keep reading till end.

First Category:
Profession in category 1 includes specialized professions which needed a high degree of scientific and technical skills with minimum of a university degree such as:

1.     Management Staff
2.     HR Officer
3.     Finance Manger
4.     Sales Manager
5.     Engineer
6.     Doctors
7.     Surgeons
8.     Physicians
9.     Clinicians
12.Administration Officer
13.Reservation Officer
14.Public Relation Officer
19.Advertising Designer
20.Graphics Designer
21.Marketing Specialist
22.Quantity Surveyor
23.Executive Secretary
24.Accounts Clerk
25.Computer Operator

Second Category:
Profession in category 2 includes Technical occupations that require practical and supervisory skills as well as scientific and technical skills with study of 2 or 3 years after high school.

1.     Technicians
2.     Mechanics
3.     Software Developers
4.     Web Developers
5.     Telecom Technicians
6.     Architectural Technicians
7.     Auto Mechanics

Third Category:
Category 3 skill level requires secondary school qualification which includes Practical and Professional skills such as:

1. Sales Staff
2. Sales Executive
3. Sales Supervisor
4. Sales Representative
5. Site Supervisor
6. Customer Service Representative
7. Call center agents
8. Administration Clerk
9. Customs Clearing Clerk
10. Customs Clearing Agent
11. Customs Representative
12. Cash Desk Clerk
13. Clerk Assistant
14. Archive Clerk
15. Ticketing Clerk
16. Cashier
17. Receptionist
18. Switch Board Operator
19. Store Keeper
20. Tourist Guide
21. Documents Controller
22. Documentation In charge

Fourth Category:
Category 4 skill level includes job that require practical and vocational skills related to only part of the work.

1. Drivers
2. Maid
3. Nanny
4. Cleaner
5. Laborer
6. Blue-collor worker
7. Office Boy
8. Office Girl
9. Beauty Saloon
10. Barber (Hairdresser)
11. Messenger
12. Loading & Unloading workers
13. Ordinary Labourer
14. Painters
15. Steel Fixer
16. Plumber
17. Construction worker
18. Other General Labours

Fifth Category:
The category 5 skill level includes a segment of the workforce associated with a limited skill set.

As mentioned above, the reduce fee structure can be use for applications fees of different work permits such as part time work permit, temporary work permit, teenager work permit, the training permit, the worker’s provisional permit as well as the decree also reduced the annual license fee by 50% for employment agencies too.
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Latest list of countries with visa on arrival for Indians moved to 40 this year and since most of the expatriates living in UAE belongs to India so we have decided to share the visa free countries for Indians along with the new list of countries with visa on arrival for Indian passport holders.

Indian passport ranked 66 currently as per passport index report released in July 2019 with 26 visa-free and 57 visa-on-arrival countries whereas 132 countries demands for visa before travelling.

List of Countries with Visa on Arrival for Indians:
1: Angola – 30 days visa
2: Armenia – 120 days visa
3: Bolivia – 90 days visa
4: Cambodia – 30 days visa
5: Cape Verde
6: Comoros – 45 days visa
7: Ethiopia
8: Gabon – 90 days visa
9: Guinea-Bissau – 90 days visa
10: Iran – 30 days visa
11: Jordan – 30 days visa
12: Laos – 30 days visa
13: Madagascar – 90 days visa
14: Maldives – 30 days visa
15: Marshall Island – 90 days visa
16: Mauritius
17: Mozambique – 30 days visa
18: Myanmar (Burma) – 28 days visa
19: Nigeria – pre visa on arrival
20: Palau – 30 days visa
21: Rwanda – 30 days visa
22: Saint Lucia – 42 days visa
23: Samoa – 60 days visa
24: Seychelles – upon tourist registration
25: Somalia – 30 days visa
26: Suriname – on tourist card – 90 days
27: Tanzania – visa on arrival
28: Thailand – 15 days visa
29: Timor-Leste – 30 days visa
30: Togo – 7 days visa
31: Zimbabwe – 90 days visa
32: Kenya- eVisa for 90 days
33: Malaysia – eVisa for 30 days
34: Australia – eVisa
35: United Arab Emirates – eVisa
36: Azerbaijan – eVisa
37: Bahrain – eVisa
38: Benin – eVisa
39: Colombia – eVisa
40: Djibouti – eVisa

Visa Free Countries for Indians:
Below is the new list of 26 visa free countries for Indian passport holders:

1: Barbados – 90 days visa
2: Bhutan – 14 days visa
3: Dominica – 180 days visa
4: Ecuador – 90 days visa
5: El Salvador – 90 days visa
6: Grenada – 90 days visa
7: Haiti – 90 days visa
8: Jamaica
9: Macao – 30 days visa
10: Mauritius – 90 days visa
11: Nepal
12: Palestinian Territory
13: Qatar – 30 days
14: Saint Kitts and Nevis – 90 days visa
15: Senegal – 90 days visa
16: Serbia – 30 days
17: St. Vincent and the Grenadines
18: Trinidad and Tobago – 90 days visa
19: Tunisia – 90 days visa
20: Vanuatu – 30 days visa
21: Fiji – 120 days visa
22:  Indonesia – 30 days visa
23: Micronesia – 30 days visa
24: Cote d’Ivoire (Ivory Coast) – pre-enrollment
25: Hong Kong – Eta – 14 days visa
26: Sri Lanka – Eta – 30 days

Visa Requirements for Indian Citizens usually includes the following:

1: A valid passport/travel document
2: A visa application form
3: Passport-sized photographs
4: Confirmed tickets for return or onward journey
5: Receipt for payment of visa fees

Some countries may also require the following:

6: Travel health insurance policy
7: Proof of accommodation for the duration of the stay
8: Proof of sufficient funds

List of visa on arrival for Indians and list of visa free countries for Indians ended here, share it and help others.
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The Federal Authority for Government Human Resources (FAHR) announced on Thursday the Eid Al Adha holidays for the private and public sector in the UAE.

On its official Twitter account, FAHR confirmed that Arafat Day will be observed on 9 Dhu Al Hijjah 1440 and Eid Al Adha will be celebrated on 10, 11, and 12 of the Islamic month.


The Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation (MOHRE) also confirmed that the private sector will benefit from the four-day holiday in August.

The announcement was made in a circular issued by Nasser Bin Thani Al Hamli, Minister of MOHRE.

The circular was issued in accordance with the decision of the UAE Cabinet earlier this year, which approved national holidays for the year 2019-2020, and granted the private sector the same number of holidays as the public sector.

The ninth day of Dhu Al Hijjah, the month in the Islamic calendar, corresponds to Arafat Day while Eid takes place on the 10th day.

Dhu Al Hijjah is the twelfth month of the Islamic calendar and marks the date for the pilgrimage to Makkah.

When will Eid take place?
Eid Al Adha is most likely to fall on August 11, according to the scientific calculations of Mohammad Shawkat Odeh, director of the International Astronomy Centre in Abu Dhabi.

Based on the prediction, residents can look forward to a long weekend break from Saturday August 10 to Tuesday August 13.

“The crescent moon for Dhu Al Hijjah is expected to be seen by through a telescope, as well as with the naked eye, on August 1. This means that the first day of Dhu Al Hijjah will take place on Friday August 2,” explained Odeh.

What is Eid Al Adha?
Eid Al Adha is one of the two festivals of Islam and is celebrated by all Muslims on the 10th day of Dhu Al Hijja.

What do Muslims do on Eid Al Adha?
The Muslim festival Eid Al Adha marks the conclusion of the important worship of Haj or pilgrimage to Makkah.

At the end of the Haj, Muslims throughout the world celebrate the holiday of Eid Al Adha (Festival of Sacrifice).

During the Haj, Muslims remember the trials and triumphs of the Prophet Abraham.
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As per Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, UAE Astronomy center and Ministry for moon sighting just announced tomorrow June 4 the first day of Eid al Fitr 2019.

This means that Eid Al Fitr 2019 will be celebrated on June 04, marking the first day of the three-day celebration.

The ministry conveyed greetings to the President Sheikh Khalifa, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, Vice President and Ruler of Dubai, Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, and the rulers of the Emirates.

Eid Al Fitr marks one of two holy feasts celebrated by Muslims worldwide. The first day of Eid Al Fitr – which translates in Arabic to the feast of breaking the fast – coincides with the first day of the lunar calendar month of Shawwal.

Celebrations begin with Eid prayers at fajr – or dawn. The prayers are always performed in a group and involve particular rituals and a sermon unique to other prayers practiced by Muslims.

Muslims are advised to follow the tradition of Prophet Mohammed and bathe before Eid prayers, wearing perfume and new clothes. Muslims see the prayers as a chance to exchange Eid greetings and meet neighbors, family and friends.

Muslims then celebrate Eid Al Fitr for three days by visiting families and loved ones. More recently, it has also become common practice to use the Eid holiday to travel or carry out extra-curricular activities.

Eid Al Fitr Prayer Time:

The official said in all other emirates, the prayers will be held 20 minutes after sunrise.
Accordingly, the prayer timings in the different emirates are expected to be as follows:

Abu Dhabi city: 5:50 am
Al Ain: 5:44 am
Madinat  Zayed: 5:55 am
Dubai: 5:45 am
Sharjah: 5:45 am
Ajman: 5: 44 am
Ras Al Khaimah: 5: 41 am
Umm Al Quwain: 5:43 am
Fujairah: 5:41 am

Eid Al Fitr Prayer Timings subject to change 10 to 20 minutes as per the directives of the authorities concerned.

Eid Al Fitr Holidays:

The UAE has announced a 7-day official Eid Al Fitr holiday for the public sector starting June 2 ending June 8, while 3 days for Private sector employees starting June 4 to June 6.
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There is no doubt that UAE is in love with Filipinos, our previous blog about how Filipinos have changed UAE went viral in no time, if you are a Filipino you should try it.

This time Dubai is showing its love to approximately 700,000 Filipinos in UAE with great offer during eid holidays which is the entrance on UAE best 3 theme parks off by 70% only for Filipinos which is a huge drop.

Now Filipinos in UAE can access to three theme parks for just 39 AED, the actual entrance fees is 175 AED to 245 AED. Visitors to the theme park will also get to enjoy free access to themed zones, street ambiance and numerous shops and restaurants at Riverland.

Name of Parks:

1: Legoland
2: Hollywood-inspired Motiongate
3: Bollywood Parks

Also Read: Eid Holidays Announced

Entrance Dates with Discount:

The Dubai Parks and Resorts said that from June 12 to June 15, Filipinos living in the UAE will be able to access the three theme parks for only 39 Dirham’s, Access to Bollywood Parks can cost 175 AED at normal rates, while spending a day at Motiongate, Legoland, Legoland Water Park can each cost 245 AED.

How to Book Tickets:

Those who want to avail themselves of the special rate during holidays can book the entrance tickets online. They will need to present their identification card at the gate.

Discount Tickets on Philippine Independence Day:

According to Dubai Parks, the discounted rate on park entrance is also offered on the occasion of the Philippine Independence Day. Filipinos will be celebrating the 121st anniversary of Philippine independence on June 12.

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The UAE has announced a 7-day official Eid Al Fitr holiday for the public sector.

According to a brief statement issued on Twitter, following the directives of The President, His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the UAE Cabinet announced that the Eid Al Fitr holiday for the public sector will start on Sunday, June 2, for one week, with work resuming on Sunday, June 9.

 However, combined with May 31 (Friday) and June 1 (Saturday), the public sector will get altogether a 9-day long holiday.

Eid Al Fitr Holidays for Private Sector is yet to announce but it was recently announced by UAE Government that both Public and Private Sectors will get same holidays for the year of 2019 and 2020.

The holy month of Ramadan is likely to have 30 days this time, with Ramadan 30 falling on Tuesday, June 4.

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UAE Ministry of Islamic Affairs for Moon Sighting announced just now that May 6 (Monday) will be the first day of the holy month of Ramadan.

Saudi Arabia’s also confirmed and announced that the holy month of Ramadan will begin by tomorrow, May 6, Monday.

The High Judiciary Council of Saudi Arabia have confirmed that the 1st day of Ramadan will coincide with Monday 6th May 2019.

Taraweeh prayers will commence tonight (Sunday 5th) after Salat al-Isha.

The moon has also reportedly been sighted in a number of other countries such as Turkey, Oman, and Hong Kong.

Moon sighting in Pakistan, India, Bangladesh and Afghanistan also begin but still there is no confirmation from Moon Sighting committee.

Muslims follow a lunar calendar consisting of 12 months in a year of 354 or 355 days. Sighting a crescent moon heralds the start of Ramadan, the ninth month of the Islamic calendar.

More than 1.5 billion Muslims around the world will mark the month, during which believers abstain from eating, drinking, smoking and having marital relations from dawn until sunset. They also try to avoid evil thoughts and deeds.

Ramadan is sacred to Muslims because tradition says the Quran was revealed to their Prophet Mohammed (PBUH) during that month. Fasting during the month of Ramadan is also one of the five pillars of Islam.

Also Read: Ramadan Working Hours
Also Check: Ramadan Calendar 

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UAE Ramadan Calendar 2019, UAE Suhoor and Iftar Timings, UAE Ramadan Prayer Timings.
UAE Ramadan Timings with complete month of Ramadan calendar with Sehr Time & Iftar Time which is also known as Suhoor and Iftar Time.

Find here today's UAE Ramadan Fasting time.

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Before reading Ramadan Rules and Ramadan Working Hours we are wishing each and every person residing in UAE and across globe a very happy and bless Ramadan.

The questions we are going to answer are all about Ramadan Working Hours in UAE for both Muslim and Non-Muslim workers.

Ramadan Working Hours:
The UAE Labour Law provides that working hours should be reduced by two hours per day during Ramadan, and does not differentiate between fasting and non-fasting employees or Muslims or Non-Muslim employees. So, the reduced work-hours rule is applicable to all employees and irrespective of whether they are fasting or not.

During the month of Ramadan, employees in the UAE are entitled to work reduced office hours, with an average two hours reduced from the daily job schedule, but there may be exceptions.

UAE Labour law about Ramadan Working Hours:
As per Article 65 of the UAE Labour Law, the maximum number of ordinary working hours for adult workers shall be eight hours per day, or 48 hours per week. The number of hours may be increased to nine hours per day for people employed in trade, hotels, cafeterias, security and other jobs.

Is there any Salary Deduction for reduced working hours?
According to the UAE Labour Law, ordinary working hours shall be reduced by two hours during Ramadan; so this means that employees should only work 6 hours per day (as the statutory maximum working hours are 8 hours per day).

This, however, does not mean that employees should take a pay cut for the reduced working hours during the holy month of Ramadan.

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Compensate for reduced hours by working from home?
Employers cannot ask their employees to work extra hours from home, as this will also be counted towards the employee’s total hours.

Exceptions and Violations of Ramadan Rules:
 There are certain exceptions that both employers and employees need to be aware of.
If a company does ask their employees to work their regular hours during Ramadan, they should compensate the staff accordingly as these hours will be considered overtime.

The authorities do conduct checks from time to time to ensure that companies are compliant with the Labour Law and employees are working as per Ramadan Rules and Ramadan working hours.

If a company is found in breach of the Labour Law, the authorities have the discretion to penalize such a company. The penalty is at the discretion of the authorities and may be imposed on a case-by-case basis.

Guide about Ramadan Rules and Ramadan Working Hours in UAE ends here.
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Government of Philippines makes it mandatory for overseas Filipino workers to contribute every month to the state-run pension fund which is also known as SSS, social security system, in-case anyone didn’t they may not able to get permit to travel abroad.

Source: Gulf News

On the other side the oppositions are mounting against the latest move by President Rodrigo Duterte signed in February 2019, a law requiring expatriates to make a compulsory contribution of 960 pesos (67 AED) to 2,400 pesos (168 AED) per month for their social security system which is approximately 2000 AED a year on each expatriate worker.

This new SSS is set to increase by up to 12 per cent (12%) over the next few years, which means workers will have to cough up more money to meet the regular contribution.

No Employment Certificate:
And, as part of the proposed rules, no overseas employment certificate (OEC), which is a prerequisite for Filipino expats to return abroad for work,  will be issued if the monthly premiums are not paid.

Commonly known as Social Security System (SSS), the pension fund seeks to provide a nest egg that Filipinos can dip into when they retire. Beneficiaries can also apply for a loan, as well as maternity, disability and death benefits through the scheme.

SSS Fund to start in April, for more about SSS: Click Here

However, since SSS payments used to be optional for overseas workers, only a small proportion of retirees from overseas receive government pension. In the UAE, out of the estimated 600,000 Filipinos, an average of 4,800 workers contributes regularly.

According to Arman Hernando, chairperson of Migrante Philippines, the mandatory SSS contribution will be an added financial burden to expatriates.

The migrant rights group has recently launched a signature campaign to call for the repeal of the newly signed law. It said that government officials did not conduct a consultation on the enforcement of the mandatory SSS contribution.

“This [contribution] will be on top of the $144 mandatory insurance that is also being pushed by the government. OFWs are being totally ripped off,” Hernando added.
“Why do they have to make it mandatory? They should just let the OFWs decide how much they can afford to contribute and when they can,” said one expatriate.

“That money will just be pilfered. The law should be repealed,” said another.
Susan Ople, founder and president of the Blas Ople Policy Center (BOPC), which provides assistance to distressed OFWs, noted that newly hired Filipinos, especially household workers, can’t even afford to pay 960 pesos a month or raise the enrollment amount.
As soon as the law takes effect, workers will have to use their own money to pay for the SSS contribution, although the law also mandates that employers will be made to pay a share of the premium.

In the recently published draft implementing rules and regulations (IRR) of the law, a section states that a land-based OFW shall shoulder both the employer and the employee contributions. This is until such a time that the host country enters into a bilateral labour agreement with the Government of Philippines.

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