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Bylaws issued for parental residence – Parents cannot sponsor children above 24 yrs on family visa.

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KUWAIT CITY, June 21: While Ministry of Interior is determined to continue with its decision not to grant new residence permits to parents and siblings of expatriates in Kuwait, the General Department for Residency Affairs has issued executive bylaws concerning the medical insurances for expatriates, estimated to be about 12,000 individuals, who are residing in Kuwait as dependents of their … Read More

Solar-Powered Bus Stops Begin Operating in Yerevan

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Armenia’s capital has taken another major step towards solar-energized future. On Friday, Head of the European Union Delegation, EU Ambassador to Armenia Piotr Świtalski tested the city’s first solar-powered bus stop as part of the EU Energy Days 2017 initiative. The Delegation of the European Union to Armenia has initiated the installation of solar panels at two bus stops of Yerevan to promote the … Read More

Seven new private schools to open in Abu Dhabi

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Abu Dhabi: Seven new private schools are set to open in the emirate of Abu Dhabi at the start of the 2017-2018 academic year, education officials have told Gulf News. The new schools, most of which are new branches of older institutions, will be located across the capital and Al Ain, according to the Abu Dhabi Education Council (Adec), which … Read More

Drop in Abu Dhabi rents to persist

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Occupier demand and residential rents in Abu Dhabi fell in the second quarter and the trend is expected to continue for the rest of the year as fresh supply of units hit the market, real estate consultancy JLL said.  In its Abu Dhabi Q2 Real Estate Market Overview released on Monday, JLL said marketplace conditions had led to a decline … Read More

Dubai’s tenants chase best rental bargains

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Dubai: If their current landlords are not negotiating, Dubai’s tenants are better off scouting around among the new homes being delivered in the city for the right deals. And there are quite a few options that fit their budgets being listed in the market. For instance, a two-bedroom apartment in Jumeirah Village can be had from Dh65,000 a year, while … Read More

UAE cuts residency permit processing time for private firms by 50%

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The move is part of the world’s first government accelerators. The ministries of Interior, Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Health and Prevention, and Human Resources and Emiratisation and Emirates Identity Authority have announced measures to reduce by 50 per cent the time required to process a transaction for the issue of a residency permit. The move is part of the … Read More

UAE cuts processing time for residency permits

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Efforts have been made to make it faster to secure residency permits for private sector employees in the UAE. At least four UAE government bodies have just announced that measures will be in place to reduce the processing time by 50 per cent. The initiative is part of the world’s first government accelerators, which seek to fast-track the achievement of … Read More

MoM extends its ban on fresh visas for several professions in Oman

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The Ministry of Manpower (MoM) has extended by another six months its decision to not issue fresh visas for workers in several professions in the private sector. The ban first came into force in November 2013. Prominent among them include visas for construction workers, cleaners, sales and marketing professionals. The ministry issued three decisions of which two were issued on … Read More

Armenia to Introduce Personal Mobil-ID System

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The Armenian government has approved a new draft, according to which the Armenian citizens will be identified via their mobile phones. The system is to be used by government agencies in dealing with citizens. Chief of Armenian Government Staff David Harutyunian remarked that Armenian state structures had already implemented electronic document exchange system, though it did not prove to be … Read More

Golden Age For Bahrain’s Tenants?

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A downward trend on rental prices echo the reduction in hydrocarbon receipts, tighter fiscal policy, and the erosion of long standing food and energy subsidies. The result is a market defined by increased incentives, adjustments and service quality from landlords and developers as they fight to remain competitive in the market. This translates typically to an BD80-100 reduction a month for … Read More

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