UAE issues new rules to help expats and businesses

The UAE has more than 600 cases of the virus as of Tuesday. (File/AFP)
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Updated 31 March 2020

UAE issues new rules to help expats and businesses

  • The UAE earlier imposed nationwide disinfection program that restricted people from travelling

DUBAI: The UAE government has told expats whose visas were due to expire on March 1 that they can extend their residency for three months without any additional fees.  
The decision is part of a series of orders issued by the government aimed at helping residents, as the country deals with the impact of COVID-19.
The government has also agreed to waive fines relating to services provided by the Federal Authority of Identity and Citizenship – valid for three months from April 1.
While digital transactions have been approved for Notary Public’s services to ensure safety of litigants and other judicial workers.
And government services, including permits, licenses, and commercial registers can be renewed three months.


Erdogan’s ‘hypocrisy’ over Israel’s land grab in Palestine

Updated 28 min 54 sec ago

Erdogan’s ‘hypocrisy’ over Israel’s land grab in Palestine

  • Turkey is in controversial talks with Israel over mutually beneficial maritime borders in the Mediterranean

ISTANBUL: Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan risked accusations of hypocrisy on Monday as he repeated his denunciations of Israel’s occupation and annexations in Palestine while allowing the Israeli airline El Al to resume cargo flights between Tel Aviv and Istanbul.

The first such flight in 10 years landed in Istanbul on Sunday morning to pick up humanitarian aid and protective equipment for US medical teams fighting the coronavirus pandemic.

As the plane touched down, Erdogan was sending a message to US Muslims restating his support for Palestinian rights in Jerusalem and his rejection of Israeli oppression.

“Last week we witnessed that a new occupation and annexation project, which disrespects Palestine’s sovereignty and international law, was implemented by Israel,” he said.

“I would like to reiterate that Al-Quds Al-Sharif, the holy site of three religions and our first qiblah, is a red line for all Muslims worldwide.”

Israel’s new unity government led by Benjamin Netanyahu and Benny Gantz is expected to move forward soon with plans to annex swaths of the West Bank and Jordan Valley.

Meanwhile, as Arab News reported this month, Turkey is in controversial talks with Israel over mutually beneficial maritime borders in the Mediterranean. Erdogan is attempting a risky political balancing act, analysts told Arab News.

“I think Turkey is trying to create economic ties with Israel because the political benefits of blockade and isolation have weakened,” said Ryan Bohl, a Middle East analyst at the geopolitical risk company Stratfor.

“But at the same time, they do want to keep some of that tradition of sympathy for Palestine alive for those remaining supporters who still prize the issue.”