Friday 1 August 2014

Watchdog panel on senior appointments

A committee is to be set up to regulate senior government appointments in Bahrain, it was declared yesterday. The panel, set up by an edict issued by His Royal Highness Prime Minister Prince Khalifa Bin Salman Al Khalifa, will oversee all senior government positions as well as those no


Abu Dhabi police seize 18kg of marijuana

Abu Dhabi Police recently arrested a Gulf dealer in possession of 18.5 kg of marijuana he allegedly planned to sell to young people during the Al Fitr holidays. Colonel Dr Rashid Mohammad Borshid, head of the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) at the Abu Dhabi Police GHQ, sa


DIFC Courts may hear more international cases

The number of international cases heard by the Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) Courts is likely to increase in the coming years, said a report. Judge Ali Al Madhani was quoted in the Gulf News report as saying that he expects numbers to increase over time as awareness


UAE’s new visa fee structure from August 1

UAE will implement its new visa fee and fine structure from August 1, a report said, citing a Cabinet decision published in an official gazette. The new rules include the issuing of a new range of entry permits and visas, such as multiple entry permits for visit or work; study vi


Bahrain extends Eid Al Fitr greetings

Bahrain's Cabinet has extended Eid Al Fitr greetings to His Majesty King Hamad, His Royal Highness Prime Minister Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa and His Royal Highness Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa, Crown Prince, Deputy Supreme Commander and First


Authorities ready for new visa fee system

The General Directorates of Residency and Foreign Affairs at the UAE's Ministry of Interior has completed its technical and services preparations for the implementation of the new visa and fees system. The new system will be applicable from the beginning of August as per a Ca


New clamp on illicit alcohol trade

Bahrain authorities are cracking down on mafias selling alcohol in the black market and have urged people to help them stop the illicit activity. They say they have recorded a surge in people trading illegally in the capital even during Ramadan when serving alcohol in public is b


Iraqi women to 'wear full veil or face punishment'

Islamic State, the Al-Qaeda offshoot that seized large swathes of northern Iraq last month, has warned women in the city of Mosul to wear full-face veils or risk severe punishment.   The Sunni insurgents, who have declared a


New law regulating rents ratified in Bahrain

Bahrain's King Hamad has ratified and issued a law regulating rents.    The new legislation revokes previous laws dating back to 1944, 1946, 1955, 1970 and 1984, said a report in the Gulf Daily News (GDN), our siste


Terror crimes in Bahrain 'reducing': official

The crime rate in Bahrain has reduced as authorities deter new threats that aim to destabilise the country, according to a top official.   Public Security chief Major-General Tariq Al Hassan told the Gulf Daily News (GDN), o

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