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Indians in distress ‘must approach embassy first’

Indian nationals have again been urged to approach their embassy first before asking social workers for help. Indian Ambassador Alok Kumar Sinha, who started in his post earlier this summer, said that the embassy staff were committed to helpin

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Chaos on roads as visitors flood Bahrain

An increase in the number of road traffic accidents over the past week has coincided with an influx of GCC nationals visiting Bahrain to celebrate Eid, according to official figures. Just yesterday (July 23) a car was left on its

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Boost to Bahrain’s visa on arrival scheme

Nationals of 66 countries can get visas on arrival starting October 1, as part of a policy to boost Bahrain's tourism and economic growth. They include US, UK, France, Germany, Russia, South Korea, Japan, China and several sta

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Qatar 'to stop granting citizenship to GCC nationals'

Qatar has promised to stop granting citizenship to nationals of other GCC countries, an unidentified Gulf diplomat was quoted as saying. The country has also pledged not to host extremist groups and movements as part of an agreeme

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New push for UK visit visa waiver for Bahrainis

Legislators in Bahrain are pushing for the country's passport holders to be afforded the same privileges when visiting the UK as nationals from other neighbouring GCC states. Last year the UK Home Office announced that as of J

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Gulf nationalisation policies bearing fruit

For decades, GCC has been relying heavily on expats to underpin its booming economies. However, this trend is slowly changing with several countries introducing policies aimed at controlling the influx of expats and creating more jobs for nation

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Etisalat launches new Emiratisation centre

UAE-based Etisalat Academy has launched its 'Kawadir Nationalization Centre' aimed at training and developing the skills of local workforce to help them take over prominent positions across organisations in the country. On

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Kuwaiti national workforce up 6pc

The Kuwaiti employment grew 6 per cent during 2011 in both public and private sectors, with the number of employed nationals rising by more than 21,500, better than the 16,200 gain in the previous year, according to a report. Seventee

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UAE banks told to cut debt burden of nationals

The UAE central bank has directed lenders in the Gulf state to help reduce the debt burden of UAE nationals, with some bankers saying banks may have to write off certain personal loans. The central bank, after a review of personal loans,

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UAE pays off $544 million debt of nationals

The government of the United Arab Emirates will settle Dh2 billion ($544.5 million) of debt owed by nationals, the state news agency WAM said on Wednesday. Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al-Nahayan, president of the UAE, ordered the settlement o

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