Visa rule for expats going to work in UAE requires proof of ‘good behavior’

The new requirement will take effect from Feb. 4, 2018, but will not be required for visit and tourist visas, the report added. (Shutterstock)
Updated 09 January 2018
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Visa rule for expats going to work in UAE requires proof of ‘good behavior’

People applying for a residency and work visa in the UAE will be required to supply a certificate of good conduct, state news agency WAM reported.
The new requirement will take effect from Feb. 4, 2018, but will not be required for visit and tourist visas, the report added.
The certificate must be issued by the expat’s home country, or the country they have lived in for the last five years – although the report did not state which organizations should provide the document.
But the report added that the document must be attested by UAE embassies, or oversees Customer Happiness Centers at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation.
The new rule comes as the UAE continues to push for safe and secure environment in the country.
Arab News has tried contacting the UAE government to get more information regarding the process, but at the time of publishing the story had received no response.


Assad regime ‘using Daesh to justify atrocities’

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Assad regime ‘using Daesh to justify atrocities’

  • Syrian government claims Daesh fighters killed at least 25 regime troops in a surprise attack near the eastern Syrian town of Mayadeen
  • Opposition leader says the regime forces’ fight against Daesh as a sham and said the terror group was a gun for hire

JEDDAH: Bashar Assad’s forces are using the threat of Daesh to justify brutal acts against civilians, Syrian opposition spokesman Yahya Al-Aridi said.

His remarks on Thursday came as Daesh fighters killed at least 25 regime troops in a surprise attack near the eastern Syrian town of Mayadeen, surrendered by the terror group six months ago.

At least 13 insurgents were killed in the raid, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

Daesh was continuing its advance on the town from the Badia desert, observatory director Rami Abdel Rahman said.

The attack was the largest since the terror group was expelled from the town in October 2017, he added.

However, the opposition spokesman described the regime forces’ fight against Daesh as a sham and said the terror group was a gun for hire.

“As for those so-called 25 regime soldiers, the regime is abducting people, training them on how to pull the trigger and sending them to die.

“They are being used to send a message that the regime is still fighting terrorism,” Al-Aridi told Arab News.

He claimed that Mayadeen “still holds people who could be classified as Daesh, and the regime exploits that any time it wants.”

Regime airstrikes and artillery fire also pounded Daesh-occupied areas in the south of Damascus on Thursday. Warplanes targeted “the dens of terrorists from Al-Nusra Front and Daesh in Hajjar Al-Aswad,” a southern district of the capital, pro-Assad media said.

Iraq’s air force also carried out “deadly” airstrikes on Daesh positions inside Syria, Prime Minister Haider Abadi’s office said.

Meanwhile, the US warned that the Assad regime could still carry out limited chemical attacks despite last week’s coalition strikes. Gen. Kenneth McKenzie, director of the US military’s Joint Staff, said the regime retained a “residual” chemical capability at sites across the country.

Separately, the regime took control of Dumayr, a town northeast of Damascus, after rebels evacuated to north Syria.