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Qatar Airways boss says fuel surcharges back on agenda

Qatar Airways and others may soon re-introduce fuel surcharges because of a recent rebound in oil prices, the head of Qatar Airways has said."We had to lower because oil prices were going down, but now...

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Posted by: Jose De Souza Jan 15, 2017 12:57 PM [UAE]

They never went away Mr. Al Baker. I've flown QR dozens of times in the past year and had to pay a Fuel Surcharge (YQAC) every single time. Was I not supposed to pay the charges? Or did someone just not get the memo?

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Abu Dhabi plans to set up specialised court to deal with tourists

Abu Dhabi has announced plans to set up a specialist court to deal with offences committed by tourists, as the emirate continues to develop its hospitality industry.According to news agency WAM, Sheikh...

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Posted by: Veronica Chapman Jan 15, 2017 8:51 AM [UAE and UK]

The problem is the UAE is now a tourist hot spot for all nationalities. Of course a lot of laws are much different , especially if you come from UK and Europe So honestly I don't know who should be responsible for that, I am a British Expat myself after living in the UAE 36 years, and sometimes horrified at the behaviour of tourists and dress code.

But play by the rules and you find everyone is kind and helpful,.

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UN body hails UAE's initiative to fight hunger, end food waste

The Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations has lauded the UAE's decision to institutionalise the efforts to fight hunger and food waste by launching the UAE Food Bank initiative.Nabil...

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Posted by: Issam Azouri Jan 15, 2017 8:51 AM [Lebanon]

this is a great initiative, complementing FAO's efforts to reduce Food Loss and Food Waste. The right awareness can do wonders.

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Focus: Gulf airlines face looming growth threat from 'protectionist' Trump government

Already fragile ties between US and Gulf carriers could weaken with the election of Donald Trump as president of the United States this week, analysts have warned.An ongoing campaign by the three biggest...

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Posted by: MT3 Jan 12, 2017 1:10 PM [UAE]

Sadly hubris is not a concept particularly well comprehended in Gulf business circles but I feel one or two companies' may well be becoming acquainted with it fairly soon. It will do them good and as long as the lessons are learned they will re-emerge stronger.

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Afghan bomb killed five Emirati humanitarian workers, UAE confirms

Five Emirati humanitarian workers were killed in a bomb attack at the headquarters of the Governor of Kandahar in the southern Afghan city, the UAE official news agency reported on Wednesday.The five were...

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Posted by: Nargis Raza Jan 12, 2017 1:10 PM [United Arab Emirates]

May all the victims souls Rest in Peace. A very sad day for the UAE.
It is even sadder as they were killed whilst on a humanitarian mission.
There is nothing to condone such a horrendous act of terrorism.
All terrorist acts are cowardly and achieve nothing other than to create fear.

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UAE said to start background security check on expat workers

The UAE is expected to soon commence background security checks on expatriate workers, according to a media report.Addressing the Federal National Council (FNC) session on Tuesday, Saqr Ghobash Saeed Ghobash...

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Posted by: Veronica Chapman Jan 12, 2017 1:11 PM [UAE and UK]

What about people that are already living in the UAE, someone owes me 75,000 UAE dhs and still working in real estate,
I've had lawyers and been to the police......

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Saudi women in bid to slash maids' wages

A group of Saudi women has reportedly launched a campaign to reduce wages for domestic helpers.Saudi Gazette reported on Tuesday that the group perceives current wages for housemaids as exorbitantly high...

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Posted by: Mister Hipster Jan 12, 2017 9:33 AM [KSA]

I think there is gross misrepresentation of information here. The Saudi women are not happy with the government involvement in the recruitment process and the recruitment offices who fix the prices and charge admin fees reaching 15,000 SAR to process the visa.
In some cases these salaries are negotiated at a high level between the ministries of labor between KSA and the other country and that must be respected.

Think of it this way;
Salary 2000 & Allowances 1400= 3400 SAR
Food allowance 500
Rent allowance 500
Clothes allowance 200
Medical 100
Airticket 100

I think laborers are much worse off, if you compare income and quality of life.

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Uber to provide 14,000 Dubai limousine, taxis under new RTA deal

Dubai's transport authority said on Wednesday that it has signed an agreement with ride-hailing app Uber Technologies to explore the development of more affordable taxi and limousine services in the emirate...

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Posted by: George Jan 12, 2017 9:33 AM [UAE]

What has happened to the RTA taxis? It seems they have taken the company back 10 years after a few years of improvements that the market was very pleased with, such as, cleaner cars and an automatic call booking system. Well, the cars are filthy again, the call booking system failed twice on me which forced me to book my taxi with a person who spoke English poorly. I suspect management has changed, all I know is that I am happy to hear Uber is advancing because I may not use RTA taxis again.

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Talent acquisition to be key focus for MidEast firms in 2017

Talent acquisition will continue to be a key focus for Middle East-based companies in 2017 with recruiters focusing on quality of hiring, according to a new LinkedIn report.Jobs pertaining to operations...

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Posted by: Srinivas R Jan 11, 2017 1:10 PM [UAE]

In many professional organizations, workload analysis is one of the most closely monitored metrics. There is nothing nebulous about workload analysis and they should be auditable to prevent any falsification of data. Times have changed and it is time to shed the old and battered school of thought and acquire fresh blood and perspective in a fiercely competitive market where tough economic times add to the pressure on organizations to do more wiith less. Obese companies are a huge problem (no pun intended). But that's not all bad news because every crisis creates opportunities. I always believe in the maxim, 'You don't want a crisis to go to waste.' For good or bad, you have to make adjustments to the current economic realities but certainly not by falsifying and tampering with crucial data such as workload analysis.

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Tim Clark expects a 'flat' 2017 for Emirates

Emirates president Tim Clark has said he expects a ‘flat’ 2017 for the airline, as external factors impact on its business.The Dubai carrier reported a 75 percent drop in net profit in the first half of...

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Posted by: JRH Jan 11, 2017 8:46 AM [UAE]

Used to be my airline of choice - service experience was excellent and I was prepared to pay the premium over other airlines.

This is no longer the case and thus I haven't used them for a long time. Much better and cheaper options available in the market, something which Mr Clark can't have failed to notice.

He would do well to take action - history is littered with once great companies that failed to adapt to market dynamics.

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