New visa rules raise concerns among expatriates

It has been reported that expatriates in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) might have to deal with certain issues with the new visa legislation.

The fresh rules that have been introduced consist of an increase in the fee of obtaining a visa, and the completion of compulsory health insurance for all visitors to the Middle East region.

With the high visa fee, there is a fear that the joint cost of health insurance will delay some expatriates, who are living in the UAE, from inviting their friends and relatives to come and stay with them.

Expatriate couple behind bars for having sex in public

It has appeared that after an expatriate British couple in Dubai was found guilty of having sex in public, they were sentenced to three months in jail.

Furthermore, the couple, Michelle Palmer and Vince Acors, is also supposed to pay 1,000 dirhams (£160) as fine. They will also be deported once they finish their prison terms; however, the lawyer fighting their case said they will appeal against the judge's decision.

Two Australian property developers charged with fraud

The court documents specify that a sum of nearly $38 million, concerning the sale of land in Dubai, was demanded by two Australian property developers, who are now suffering in a Dubai jail.

In statement of claim, filed by the James Packer-backed Sunland group yesterday, Matthew Joyce and Angus Reed have been mentioned to be involved in over a $63 million sale of land on an exclusive Dubai waterfront.

Capital Rule for Start-ups abolished by UAE

On Monday, the UAE scrapped the minimum capital requirement of Dh150,000 for setting up a private sector company. This move, which encourages stimulation business start-ups and investment in the nation's ailing economy, was being awaited from quite some time now.

It was through a new decree issued by The President, His Highness Shaikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, that the latest amendment to the corporate law came into force.

UAE Workers losing labor court cases to lose jobs for one year!

In a late last night development, the Ministry of Labor said that those workers, who lose cases in the labor courts, will be prohibited from working in the country for a year.

The move was explained as an effort to cut the number of malicious cases filed - as per a statement published on the ministry's website, by Saif al Suwaidi, the acting director of labor affairs.

Suwaidi said that the sacked laborers are apparently taking benefit of the rule that presently permits them a temporary work permit while a labor dispute is pending.

Expansion of Public Prosecution

Offices in Dubai International Airport have been extended by the Public Prosecution, and the number of prosecutors has been increased to four - in order to deal with more cases and reaching out to