Good news for expats! UAE opens citizenship to scientists, doctors, artists, authors

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January 30, 2021

Dubai, Jan 30: The UAE has adopted law amendments that allow granting Emirati citizenship to investors, specialised talents and professionals.

The professionals include scientists, doctors, engineers, artists, authors and their families.

His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, announced the new law on Saturday.

"The new directives aim to attract talents that contribute to our development journey," he tweeted.

The UAE Cabinet, local Emiri courts and executive councils will nominate those eligible for the citizenship "under clear criteria set for each category", he explained.

"The law allows receivers of the UAE passport to keep their existing citizenship."

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February 25,2021

The oil marketing companies (OMCs) again hiked the price of Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) domestic gas cylinder (14.2 kg) by Rs 25 per cylinder from Thursday. 

This is the third hike in February alone. A domestic cooking gas cylinder now costs Rs 794 in Delhi. The cumulative increase in February alone is Rs 100 on a cylinder.

Prior to this, the price of LPG cylinder was hiked on February 14 and February 4. This is the first time in the recent history of India that the cooking gas prices have been increased three times in a month. Since December cooking gas price has been hiked by Rs 200 per cylinder.  

The rise in the price of LPG comes at a time when petrol and diesel prices in India have hit the roof. LPG is a byproduct of natural gas and crude oil refining.

The price of LPG gas cylinders is determined by state-run oil companies. It used to be revised on a monthly basis until November 2020. 

However, in December, the OMCs hiked the price twice. The LPG price depends on factors such as international fuel rates and US dollar-rupee exchange rates. The prices keep going up or down based on these factors.
 

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February 16,2021

Bengaluru, Feb 16: Karnataka has issued new guidelines mandating all those coming from Kerala to the State to carry a negative RT-PCR test report not older than 72 hours. 

Not just that, it has ruled that all those who have come to the State from Kerala in the last two weeks, exempting those with a negative test report not older than 72 hours, to be mandatorily subjected to COVID-19 test.

A similar restriction was placed earlier in the month in four districts bordering Kerala, but it was expanded to the entire State on Tuesday. This comes in the light of a COVID-19 cluster at a nursing college in Bengaluru being traced back mostly to Kerala returnees, even as the neighbouring State is reporting a high number of cases every day.

The guidelines say all the students in engineering and other professional colleges who have recently arrived from Kerala have to be tested for COVID-19. It calls for hostels, hotels, resorts, homestays, dormitories, and residential communities to ensure that persons checking in after travelling from Kerala have a COVID-19 negative certificate. 

It also asks hostels to ensure strict implementation of COVID-19 safety guidelines and appeals to students to not frequently travel to Kerala unless strongly justified. The guidelines call for ramping up testing and strengthening COVID-19 surveillance at all education institutions that accommodate students who have travelled from Kerala.

Commissioner of the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike N. Manjunath Prasad said those who try to enter the State/city without a negative RT-PCR report would have to undergo mandatory quarantine until they are tested and results are out.

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February 16,2021

Dhahran: Alfanar and Aramco have agreed to build sustainable cooperation by signing a memorandum of understanding (MoU) which covers various initiatives‏ ‏that are aimed to augment localization, innovation, digitization, and sustainability in Saudi Arabia.

The initiatives are in line with the In-Kingdom Total Value Add (IKTVA) flagship program that Aramco launched to support economic development through local content increment.

The MoU was signed by Ahmad Al Saadi, senior vice president of technical services, Aramco, and Abdul Salam Al Mutlaq, the chairman of Alfanar Group.

Commenting on the MoU, Al Mutlaq said: “Innovation, digitalization and localization have always been Alfanar’s pillars of commitment toward the development of a sustainable business. This is a historic moment for us at Alfanar to partner with Aramco and to work together in further developing the local content”.

Meanwhile, Al Saadi said: “Through a collaborative and inclusive model, we are committed to working with private companies to ensure that the local content objectives of Saudi Arabia are achieved”.

Currently, the initiatives that were signed under the MoU cover the following sectors: Manufacturing, EPC, modularization, commercialization of intellectual properties (IP), energy efficiency, and environmental protection.

The MoU was signed during a visit by Aramco's senior management to Alfanar Industrial City in Riyadh, the largest privately developed manufacturing facility in the Middle East which is spread across 720,000 square meters.

The guests toured Alfanar’s various factories and visited the ladies section which employs more than 700 Saudi women for the production of electrical circuit breakers.

The number of female workers in this section has surged in recent years as proof of Alfanar’s commitment to Vision 2030’s goal of empowering professional women. Aramco recognized Alfanar Industrial City as a successful example of the private sector’s important role in localizing industry and enhancing national capacity with professionalism and high efficiency.

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