Middle East

Jeddah, Feb 10: Authorities in the Kingdom are set to implement new rules to give the right “treatment” to employees who have been misusing the provision of medical leave by producing bogus sick leave certificates in collusion with some medical practitioners. What is more, doctors indulging in such unethical practices will be seen as the bigger partner in the crime, attracting harsher penalties

Sana’a, Feb 9: The father of an eight-year-old Yemeni girl who has recently started crying stones has urged philanthropists to help him treating his daughter from her baffling condition. Mohammad Saleh Al Jaharani, said that the eyes of his daughter, Saadia, began producing stones 14 days ago and has spent thousands of Yemeni Rials on visits to local doctors. “I once spent YR50,000 (Dh870) a day

Dammam, Feb 5: The head of the Board of Senior Ulema has received a letter from women activists asking him that women should be allowed to drive, Al-Hayat daily reported. A source, who preferred to remain unidentified, said the letter was received by Grand Mufti Sheikh Abdulaziz Al-Asheikh’s office. It is not known whether the letter was referred to the board itself. He pointed out that the

Dubai, Feb 3: The UAE Foreign Ministry on Sunday said it had summoned Fares Al Nuaimi, Qatar’s ambassador to the UAE, to protest its inaction on stopping a cleric from continuing to insult the UAE. Dr Anwar Mohammad Gargash, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, expressed the UAE Government’s “extreme resentment” over Yousuf Al Qaradawi’s statement against the UAE that was aired on Qatari state

Riyadh, Feb 2: The radical change in labor laws in the Kingdom has created many difficulties for industrialists, according to the head of the national industrial committee at the Saudi Council of Chambers. Saad Al-Mejil told an Arabic language daily that labor laws had been in use for the past 30 to 40 years, but industrialists were surprised by the many new requirements of different government

Dubai, Jan 28: Emirates passengers could be next in line to avail of the American pre-clearance customs procedures in the UAE following the opening of a post in Abu Dhabi last week. Passengers began using the region’s first United States pre-clearance customs checkpoint at Abu Dhabi International on January 24. The post, manned by US customs officials, enables passengers to skip long queues on

Dubai, Jan 27: The National Centre of Meteorology and Seismology (NCMS) has called on the motorists to be cautious on roads due to low horizontal visibility in Abu Dhabi. Dubai Police also tweeted: "We call on all drivers to be cautious and to drive safely and leave enough distance between vehicles due to heavy fog and unclear vision." The NCMS said in a statement that: "As a result of the

Taif, Jan 26: Employers involved in fake Saudization will face 5 years imprisonment and a fine of up to SR10 million, according to a draft regulation prepared by the Ministry of Labor. Violating businesses will be deprived of recruitment, government loans as well as blocked from participating in government bids and transferring sponsorships, according to the draft regulation, a section of the

Dubai, Jan 25: Qatar was urged to stop a cleric from continuing to insult the UAE, following a televised Friday prayer sermon in which he accused the UAE of being “against Islamic rule”. The Egyptian-born Yousuf Al Qaradawi, speaking live on Qatari state TV from a Doha mosque, was talking about the developments in Egypt that followed the ouster of former president Mohammad Mursi, a Muslim

Abu Dhabi, Jan 24: The UAE Ministry of Labor has so far issued 11,000 part-time work permits since the scheme was introduced in early 2011. Humaid bin Dimas Al Suwaidi, Assistant Undersecretary for Labour Affairs, said: "The part –time work permit scheme was started in early 2011 with the aim of achieving greater flexibility in the labour market and meet urgent labour needs of employers to